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Fast & furious SE track season seeing possible state champs

Posted: April 29, 2013 - 11:05pm
Thunder Mountain's Naomi Welling set a new school record in the 300-meter hurdles with the second fastest time in the state at 47.04. Coaches say Welling will go even faster if she learns to not jump so high. Dimond's Taylor Sims has the state's fastest time with a 46.63.
Thunder Mountain's Naomi Welling set a new school record in the 300-meter hurdles with the second fastest time in the state at 47.04. Coaches say Welling will go even faster if she learns to not jump so high. Dimond's Taylor Sims has the state's fastest time with a 46.63.

The speed at which the high school track and field season comes and goes can be compared to that of Thunder Mountain High School’s Naomi Welling or Juneau-Douglas High School’s Kaitlin Fagerstrom.

Or it may be found in the strength of TMHS’ Morgan Nichols, or in the determination of the teams, athletes, coaches, timers, volunteers, and fans who braved Friday night’s near white out conditions and then returned on Saturday.

Welling, a Falcons’ freshman, flew, literally, over the 300-meter hurdles course during the Juneau Invitational Meet last weekend at TMHS in a school record 47.04 to win the event and notch a second place among the state’s best times. She also set a school record in the Triple Jump with 33-feet 1.50 inches, good for third in the state.

Fagerstrom, a Crimson Bears’ junior, was in a battle with Ketchikan’s Alexis Crellin all weekend and finished just behind her and Kings’ teammate Bernadette Franulovich in the 100-meter dash and then topped that duo in the 400-meters.

“For most of our team this weekend continued to be a learning experience,” JDHS coach Janette Gagnon said. “Out top boys sprint relay are new members of our team and have had limited time practicing handoffs. Therefore, just having the baton make it around the track was good to see.”

That team of freshman Justin Miller, senor Billy Palmer, senior Aquino Brinson and sophomore Penitito Iona fell to TMHS’ squad of freshman Neal Van Tamelen, senior Joseph Ia, junior Ben Jahn and senior Nick Bursell by the times of 47.34 to 48.44. The Falcons’ times are good enough to crack the state’s top 10 while JDHS’ are just on the bubble.

Ia also cracked the state’s top 10 by winning the 110-meter hurdles in a Falcons’ school record of 16.89.

Falcons’ teammate Morgan Nichols set a school record with a 41-foot 4.50-inch Shot Put mark. Nichols did his work indoors on Friday as snow nearly cancelled the meet until dedicated coaches, athletes and volunteers broke out some shovels to make a path for the 3200. Then it was decided to attempt as many running events as possible and finish on Saturday.

“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat nor gloom of night stays these harriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds this weekend,” Thunder Mountain coach Scott May said. “Some or our old timers could not remember ever running a high school meet under the lights and in the snow like we did. I think the athletes had a great experience this weekend, a weekend they will remember for years to come and that is really what this is all about.”

That initial 3200 saw TMHS’ Maddie Hall win in 11:44.64 (seven seconds off her 8th place state time) and Petersburg’s Grace Weller move into state contention with a Vikings school record of 12:22.54 and nip the Falcons’ Katie Jones and Emilyanne Lohrey.

Hall also won the 800 and 1600 runs and was named the female Athlete of the Meet. Teammate Nick Bursell was the Falcons’ male AOTM and had a personal record in the Discus and still holds the state’s ninth spot in the high jump. The Falcons’ Khalil English also won the trifecta in the 800, 1600 and 3200 and Brendan Pietz won both the high and long jumps.

“On the distance side it was fun to watch Riley Moser race English and James Steeves,” Gagnon said. “And our field events were fun to watch with seniors Bernie Osborne, Johnny Nichols, Ben Williams and Phillip Fenumiai competing.”

JDHS senior Gabi Fenumiai has joined Jade Pilcher to help on the throwing side for the Crimson Bears.

The Falcons’ Ava Tompkins won the girl’s high jump while teammate Naomi Welling added wins in the triple and long jumps.

Sitka’s Chatham Conner, JDHS’ Phillip Fenumiai and Ketchikan’s Cody Ring continue to dominate the shot put. Fenumiai is 10th in state and Conner fourth while Nichols’ keeps moving into contention in both shot and discus.

The Falcons’ Uinise Foo-Chong won the girls shot with JDHS’ Jordyn Vinje fourth. TMHS’ Jenna Luhrs won the discus with the state’s third best distance of 103-feet 11 inches.

In total TMHS have 17 events where athletes are in the state’s top 10 rankings.

“I am extremely proud of all the athletes and coaches for coming together to make this meet happen,” May said. “Athletes came from all over Southeast to compete and we were able to make that happen despite nature’s attempt to prevent it.”

Meet results were posted in Sunday’s paper.

Team Results:

Girls - 1) TMHS, 164 points; 2) Ketchikan, 112; 3) Petersburg, 60; 4) Sitka, 55; 5) JDHS, 46; 6) Haines, 36; 7) Yakutat, 22.

Boys - 1) TMHS, 154.3 points; 2) KTN 106; 3) SIT 85.3; 4) JDHS, 65; 5) HNS 60; 6) PSG 32; 7) SKG 14; 8) YAK 2.3.

Girl’s top three event finishers:

100m - 1) Franulovich, KTN, 14.02 seconds; 2) Crellin, KTN, 14.12; 3) Fagerstrom, JDHS, 14.26.

200m -1) Gabriella Cagle, Sitka, 28.70 seconds; 2) Sammy Haight, Thunder Mountain, 29.07; 3) Franulovich, KTN, 29.17.

400m - 1) Fagerstrom, JD, 1 minute, 4.53 seconds; 2) Crellin, KTN, 1:04.69; 3) Franulovich, KTN, 1:06.83.

800m- 1) Hall, TM, 2:34.22; 2) Crellin, KTN, 2:39.84; 3) Robyn Schwartz, Petersburg, 2:48.69.

1600m - 1) Hall, TM, 5:33.54; 2) Weller, PSG, 5:57.73; 3) Robyn Schwartz, PSG, 6:09.53.

3200m - 1) Hall, TM, 11:44.63; 2) Weller, PSG, 12:22.54; 3) Katie Jones, TM, 13:10.31.

100m hurdles - 1) Weller, PSG, 18.93 seconds; 2) Jess Giddings, Haines, 19.10; 3) Kasia Adams, Yakutat, 19.35.

300m hurdles -1) Welling, TM, 47.37; 2) Weller, PSG, 55.47; 3) Abigail Taylor, PSG, 57.43.

4x100 relay - 1) JDHS (Siddeek, Wittwer, Garcia, Fagerstrom), 56.28 seconds; 2) TMHS, 57.93; 3) Sitka, 1:00.43; 4) KTN (Prutsman, Mandt, Malabanan, Enright), 1:00.72.

4x200 relay - 1) TMHS (Haight, Kay, Luhrs, Welling), 1:57.64; 2) JDHS, 2:00.24; 3) Haines, 2:10.31.

4x400 relay - 1) KTN (Nelson, Franulovich, Crellin, Michalsen), 4:40.50; 2) TMHS, 4:52.42; Sitka, DQ; PSG, DQ.

4x800 relay - 1) TMHS (Steinman, Dawson, Jones, Lohrey), 11:52.90; 2) KTN (Tighe, Porter, Anzueto, Michalsen), 12:14.78.

High jump - 1) Ava Tompkins, TM, 4 feet, 6 inches; 2) Nicole Seehafer, SIT, 4-6; 3) Gabriella Cagle, SIT, 4-4.

Long jump - 1) Welling, TM, 15 feet; 2) Kasia Adams, YAK, 13-4; 3) Cagle, SIT, 13-2.

Triple jump - 1) Welling, TM, 33 feet, 1.5 inches; 2) Serena Badgley, HNS, 30-11.25; 3) Kasia Adams, YAK, 30-5.

Shot put - 1) Foo-Chong, TM, 32 feet, 8 inches; 2) Shawna Nelson, KTN, 32-5; 3) Alisha Young, HNS, 30-3.

Discus - 1) Luhrs, TM, 103 feet, 11.5 inches; 2) Nelson, KTN, 88-9.5; 3) Foo-Chong, TM, 82-1.

Boy’s top three event finishers:

100m - 1) Jon De LaCruz, SIT, 12.01 seconds; 2) Aquino Brinson, JD, 12.16; 3) Kelton Thompson, KTN, 12.22.

200m - 1) Kelton Thompson, KTN, 24.34; 2) Jon De LaCruz, SIT, 24.58; 3) Chris Luna, TM, 25.38.

400m - 1) Thompson, KTN, 54.06; 2) Keegan Sunburg, HNS, 55.12; 3) De LaCruz, SIT, 57.15.

800m - 1) English, TM, 2 minutes, 5.80 seconds; 2) Airk Cochran, Skagway, 2:10.84; 3) Beau Albertson, KTN, 2:13.87.

1600m - 1) English, TM, 4:41.22; 2) Moser, JD, 4:48.07; 3) Cochran, SKG, 4:52.23.

3200m - 1) English, TM, 10:10.86; 2) Moser, JD, 10:15.09; 3) Steeves, TM, 10:19.64.

110m hurdles - 1) JIa, TM, 16.89 seconds; 2) Douglas Cook, KTN, 17.27; 3) Ricky Voelz, KTN, 19.09.

300m hurdles - 1) Cook, KTN, 44.73; 2) Voelz, KTN, 46.07; 3) Jeffrey Erickson, PSG, 51.82.

4x100 relay - 1) TMHS (Van Tamelen, Ia, Jahn, Bursell), 47.34; 2) JDHS 48.44; 3) Sitka 54.13.

4x200 relay – 1) TMHS (Jahn, Bursell, Steeves, Pietz), 1 minute, 38.86 seconds; 2) Sitka, 1:43.52; 3) Haines, 1:44.99.

4x400 relay - 1) KTN (Albertson, Thompson, Cook, Llanos), 3:48.71; 2) Haines 3:51.05; 3) JDHS 3:51.41.

4x800 relay - 1) KTN (Voelz, Llanos, Albertson, Kacenas), 9:18.89; 2) TMHS 9:31.20; 3) JDHS 10:06.10.

High jump - 1) Patrick Henderson, HNS, 5 feet, 8 inches; 2) Fenumiai, JD, 5-4; 2) Billy Ware, PSG, 5-4; 2) Bursell, TM, 5-4.

Long jump - 1) Pietz, TM, 18 feet, 6.25 inches; 2) Neal Van Tamelen, TM, 18-0.25; 3) Ben Jahn, TM, 17-5.

Triple jump - 1) Pietz, TM, 39 feet; 2) Chris Olsen, HNS, 37-2.25; 3) Samson Stengl, SIT, 34-8.5.

Shot put - 1) Conner, SIT, 45 feet, 1.5 inches; 2) Fenumiai, JD, 43-9.5; 3) Ring, KTN, 42-1.5.

Discus - 1) Conner, SIT, 124 feet, 2 inches; 2) Ring, KTN, 121-2; 3) Nichols, TM, 116-7.5.

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