Bausch dominates 3,200 meters to lead Mustangs on day 1 at state track and field
Chugiak Daniel Bausch won the Division I boys 3,200 meters for the second straight year Friday on the opening day of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.
Bausch led wire-to-wire and was never challenged, winning in 9 minutes, 21.78 seconds. Teammate Hyrum Nelson finished second in 9:37.96.
“I’m very happy,” Bausch said after crossing the finish line.
The senior said he was equally happy for Nelson, who finished 10th last year.
“I’m exctatic for my teammate, I think it says a lot about our coach,” Bausch said of Chugiak’s Melissa Hall.
The Chugiak boys are gunning for a team championship after winning the Cook Inlet Conference title last weekend and got their weekend off to a fast start Friday. In addition Bausch and Nelson’s 1-2 performance in the 3,200 finals, the Mustangs got a third and fifth place from Torrin Girard and Kenny Huffer in the discus finals Friday and an eighth place from Dray Etienne in the high jump.
In track preliminaries, Chugiak’s Logan Mathieu was the fastest qualifier Friday in the 110 hurdles, a race that also saw Chugiak’s Wyatt Rohde advance to the finals. Chugiak’s Jeremiah Wilson was the second-fastest qualifier in both the 100 and 200 meters Friday, while Rohde had the day’s second-fastest time in the 300 hurdles and Mathieu qualified in fourth.
Bausch and Nelson will compete in both the 800 and 1,600 meters Saturday; Bausch has the fastest 1,600 time in the field and qualified third in the 800 Friday.
Eagle River’s Carter Gladwill was the fastest qualifier in both the 400 and 800 meters Friday and the Wolves’ Michael Olson was ninth in the 3,200.
In the girls 3,200 meter finals Friday, Eagle River’s Emily Walsh finished fourth in a race dominated by West Valley’s Kendall Kramer. Kramer won in 10 minutes, 27.18 seconds to cross the finish line more than 24 seconds ahead of South’s Ava Earl. Walsh finished in 11:01.48, just behind Service’s Grace Fahrney. Chugiak’s Breanna Day finished sixth, Eagle River’s Claire Nelson was eighth and Chugiak’s Kali Smedley finished 14th. Walsh also finished third in the 800 meter preliminary Friday and will run both the 800 and 1,600 Saturday.
Eagle River’s Morgan Bolin and Chugiak’s Brooklynn Gould set up a Saturday showdown in the Division I girls 100 meter hurdles, with Bolin qualifying first Friday in 15.46 seconds, just 0.13 seconds ahead of her crosstown rival. Gould had the fastest qualifying time in the 300 hurdles, where she’ll be joined in Saturday’s final by teammate Maria Peters, who was sixth Friday.
Chugiak’s Shaylee Griffin and Eagle River’s Chloe Garber tied for 11th in the Division I girls long jump, one spot ahead of Eagle River’s Madison Talton. Griffin will race in Saturday’s 100 meter finals after qualifying in fourth Friday. Also making the 100 finals was Chugiak’s Ellie Scherffius in sixth and Bolin in eighth. Chugiak’s Reilly Hall qualified for the 400 meter finals in fifth Friday.
Birchwood Christian’s Serena Becker had a big day Friday, finishing seventh in the Division II girls 3,200 meters and posting the fastest preliminary time in the 800. Becker will run both the 800 and 1,600 Saturday. Birchwood’s Mariyah Becker qualified for two finals events, placing third in the 400 prelims Friday and seventh in the 100 meters.
Field events start Saturday at 9 a.m., with running finals scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.