Snowy state meet
The weather at the Class 4A ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Track and Field Championships was anything but typical for mid-May in Fairbanks.
Instead of seeking shade from the sun’s rays, athletes used Lathrop High as shelter from snow and wind Friday and Saturday, May 17-18.
“It was horrible conditions,” said Chugiak High’s Tyler Rohde.
But the Mustangs persevered.
Led by seniors Rohde and Chris Kveseth — who won individual titles — Chugiak’s boys finished third in the team standings.
Chugiak was able to overcome 30-degree temperatures and still have a good showing, Rohde said.
“In that sort of weather, it’s 90 percent mental,” he said. “The sport is all about dealing with adversity.”
Rohde won the 200-meter dash in 23.18 seconds — 0.17 seconds faster than South’s Joshua Pudlo. The win was Rohde’s third state title. Last season, he won both hurdle events and set a new state record of 14.61 seconds in the 110-meter race to win Most Outstanding Athlete honors.
Kveseth took first in the 400 in 50.74, edging Ketchikan’s Kelton Thompson by 0.13 seconds.
“It was awesome,” Kveseth said of his first state title. “All the hard work paid off.”
Kveseth said he was in third most of the race until the final 50 meters, where he made his push.
The Mustangs finished with 68 points behind second-place Dimond (84) and first-place Kodiak (87).
“It was one heck of a meet,” Rohde said.
Dimond scored 81 points to win the girls team title. Colony and Wasilla tied for second with 61 points apiece and Eagle River (54) finished fourth.
Chugiak’s boys placed in eight individual events and two relays.
Kveseth (800) and Rohde (300 hurdles) also had second-place finishes and each ran a leg of Chugiak’s second-place 4x200 relay along with Michael Williams and Dillon Pratt.
Ty Jordan, Tim Sorensen, David McPhetres and Roan Hall finished fourth in the 4x800 relay for the Mustangs.
McPhetres also placed fifth in the 3,200.
Jake Brownlee led Chugiak’s boys in field events with a second-place finish in discus. Payton Fullmer (third in high jump) and Cole Criswell (fourth in shot put) also placed for the Mustangs.
Peter Kott placed in four events to lead Eagle River’s boys to a seventh-place finish, the best in school history. The Wolves also won the academic award.
Kott took fifth in the 100, sixth in the 200 and ran a leg of two placewinning relays. The Wolves’ 4x400 relay (Kott, Kit Hoog, John Randall, Alec Smith) finished third, and the 4x200 (Kott, Randall, Ed Hall, Julian Davis) were fifth.
Brandon Parrish was the top Eagle River field performer with a second-place finish in long jump. His leap of 19 feet, 5 ¾ inches was just 1 ¾ inches behind Dimond’s Stanson Afoa in first.
Ed Hall and Rydell Reinbold scored points for Eagle River in discus, finishing third and fifth, respectively.
On the girls side, senior Scout Warners placed in three individual events to lead Eagle River to its best state finish. She cleared 5 feet, 1 inch to place second in high jump and had a pair of third-place finishes in the 200 and 300 hurdles.
The Wolves placed in six individual events and three relays — three of which were top-four finishes and six were top-three finishes.
“Lots of top threes, which is nice,” head coach Matt Turner said.
Other individual event place winners for ERHS included Jordyn Bruce (third in 800), Nikki Boggs (fourth in 400) and Kate Mondl (fourth in 3,200).
The Wolves’ 4x200 (Dreanna Owens, Shayna Wolery, Boggs, Elexa Walker) and 4x400 (Samantha Brown, Wolery, Allonna Walker, Boggs) relays placed second, and their 4x800 relay (Mondl, Bruce, Allonna Walker, Hannah Stevens) was fourth.
In the 4x200, Eagle River edged third-place Chugiak (Victoria Bensel, Brandy Bookout, Rachel Gregg, Hannah Babin) by just four hundredths of a second.
Babin, Bensel and Bookout also placed third in the 4x100 relay along with Kenzie Matthis.
Chugiak’s girls got a pair of sixth-place finishes from Paige Nelson (long jump) and Alicia Reitz (triple jump) and a fourth-place performance from Malia McVee (discus) to finish tied for 10th as a team.
For full results, visit www.asaa.org.