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Falcons' freshman phenom flies for first in Fairbanks

TMHS' Naomi Welling state champion in long jump, triple jump and 300 hurdles

Posted: May 19, 2013 - 12:16am
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Thunder Mountain's Naomi Welling is shown in the long jump at the Region V tournament recently. Welling earned three titles at the state track and field championships on Saturday with wins in the long jump, triple jump and 300 meter hurdles.
Thunder Mountain's Naomi Welling is shown in the long jump at the Region V tournament recently. Welling earned three titles at the state track and field championships on Saturday with wins in the long jump, triple jump and 300 meter hurdles.

The only first Naomi Welling doesn’t have is a first class seat on Alaska Airlines back to Juneau today… but the Thunder Mountain High School freshman should.

Welling has beaten the region, the upper classmen, the odds and now even the weather could not slow down the talented Falcons athlete.

Welling won three state titles over the weekend during the high school track and field championships at Fairbanks’ Lathrop High School, her flaming red hair setting each event on fire as she scorched the competition in sub 30-degree temperatures and light snow.

“It was my freshman year so I was just hoping to come out and do my best,” Welling said. “I think it is just nice to know all the hard work I have done and all the help the coaches have given me, and the support from the team and the community, have paid off.”

On Friday Welling helped the Falcons end the day in second place as a team by long jumping 15-feet 6.75-inches for the state crown.

“The long jump was really funny because we had a head wind,” Welling said. “They were harsh conditions. We all tried to fight through it. In the triple jump I was seeded fourth so that was surprising to do well.”

On Saturday she won the Girls 4A Triple Jump with a 33-07.75 and then her specialty, the 300 hurdles in 46.96.

The hurdles were really not that close. Welling attacked the oval as she normally does and slowly increased her margin of victory.

“This is the race I love the most,” Welling said. “Once again we had a super strong head wind coming into the last 100 meters so it was kind of like a survival of the strongest. I think all the harsh winter track meets we have had this year have kind of helped me prepare for this. I had been trying to work on my crazy arms, tucking them in more so I don’t disqualify first off, then getting lower and attacking the hurdles.”

Welling also competed in the 4x200 relay with teammates Ava Tompkins, Ashlynn Kay and Jenna Luhrs, finishing eighth in 1:55.13 (1. West Valley 1:48.89).

“It is exciting to be here,” Welling said. “I am just happy to be at state with my teammates and so many other good athletes. It was exciting. The competition was so intense but fun at the same time. It was fun to be here with a bunch of people you are close with on the team and watching them perform.”

The Falcons boys and girls won the Sportsmanship as well.

“Naomi was amazing,” TMHS coach Scott May said. “And to win that sportsmanship is huge to me. I am so proud of our team for the way they represented Thunder Mountain and Juneau.”

The Falcons girls placed fifth as a team with 41 points (1. Dimond 71 / 2. Colony 61 / 3. Wasilla 55 / 4. Service 43 / 6. Eagle River 40 / 7. West Valley 37 / 8. West 32 / 9. Soldotna 19 / 10. Kenai 18 / 10. Chugiak 18 / 12. Bartlett 13 / 13. South 12 / 14. Lathrop 11 / 15. Palmer 6 / 16. Kodiak 4 / 16. JDHS 4 / 18. East 3 / 19. KTN 2).

For the Men: 1. Kodiak 87; 2. Dimond 84; 3. Chugiak 68; 4. Lathrop 56; 5. South Anchorage 29; 6. East Anchorage 28; 7. Eagle River 27; 8. Bartlett 26; 9. West Anchorage 22; 10. Colony 21; 11. Palmer 18; 12. West Valley 17; 13. Wasilla 11; 14. Service 10; 15. Soldotna 8; 15. Ketchikan 8; 17. Kenai Central 5; 18. Thunder Mountain 2

“I feel really good,” May said. “We exceeded our expectations as a team. With conditions being what they were we really stuck it out.”

Falcons’ junior Maddie Hall provided point support with a third place finish in the 3200 meters on Friday. Hall posted an 11:25.76. Colony’s Audrey Michaelson won with 11:21.03. Hall did not final in the 800, clocking a 2:33.22 for the 11-place finish in the preliminaries (Ketchikan’s Alexis Crellin went 2:33.94 for the 13 spot).

Hall and teammates Estie Dawson, Katie Jones, and Emilyanne Lohrey placed eight in the 4x800 with 11:30.46 (1. Soldotna 9:59.42).

Juneau-Douglas High School’s Gabi Fenumiai placed fourth in the girls shot put with a 33-01.75, TMHS’ Uinise Foo-Chong was fifth with 31-08.00 (1. Pauline Tufi, West, 36-02.75 / 8. Shawna Nelson, KTN 28-09.50).

TMHS’ Jenna Luhrs placed sixth in the discus with 97-11 (1. Anast lavern-Tosi, Dimond 120-10 / 5. Nelson KTN 98-05).

JDHS’ Tianna-Jae Garcia, Ashley Wittwer, Arianna Hintermeister and Kaitlin Fagerstrom placed eight in the 4x100 with 1:01.01 (1. West Valley 52.39).

This year ASAA and Special Olympics Alaska combined for a unique unified competition.

Thunder Mountains Addison Jones and Gill Fowlkes won the Unified Shot Put and JDHS’s Ryan Harvey and Neal Chapman combined with TMHS’ Fowlkes and Jones to win the 4x100. Jones and Fowlkes place second in the 100 meters.

The weather, mixed with Alaska’s top athletes, provided tough competition for the Crimson Bears, Falcons and other southeast entrants.

Complete results can be found on the ASAA website. Partial results follow:

In the 100-meter dash prelims, Kaitlin Fagerstrom (13 place/14.59), TMHS’ Ava Tompkins (15/14.91) and Ketchikan’s Alexis Crellin (16/14.97) did not make the finals. Fagerstrom (10/1:04.35) and Crellin (15/1:05.87) did not final in the 400.

Ketchikan’s Bernadette Franulovich (10/28.86) did not make the 200-meter finals.

TMHS’ Ashlynn Kay (16/19.22) did not final in 100 hurdles. Tompkins, KTN’s Emily Porter and Kaia Michalsen had no height in the High Jump and TMHS’ Khalil English did not final in the 800 (12/2:05.57).

The 3200 featured a top three sweep by Kodiak’s Levi Thomet (9:27.97), Cole Christiansen (9:39.07) and Julian McCarthy (9:55.81) as the trio picked up where they left on in the earlier high school cross country season. JDHS’ Riley Moser (13/10:19.46) and TMHS’ Khalil English (15/10:23.22) fell off the pace.

TMHS’ Joseph Ia placed ninth (18.21) in the 110-meter hurdles and did not make finals, nor did the Ketchikan duo of Rickey Voelz (12/18.86) and Douglas Cook (DQ). Cook also missed the 300 hurdle finals (14/47.09 prelim).

Lathrop’s Hunter Desmond won the 100 meters in 11.77 and Chugiak’s Tyler Rohde wont he 200 in 23.18. KTN’s Kelton Thompson did not final in the 100 meters (15/12.54) or 200 meter (10/24.27).

Kodiak’s Levi Fried won the 800 in 1:00.18 and teammate Levi Thomet the 1600 in 4:25.83 (12. English TMHS 4:43.08 / 15. Moser JDHS 4:44.65).

Dimond’s Charoonsophonsak won the Boys Discus with a 133-10 (9. Joe Paden, TMHS 112-11 / 15. Cody Ring, KTN 103-04 / 17. Morgan Nichols, TMHS 98-01).

East’s Ma’o Tosi won the shot with 47-10.00.

TMHS’ Nick Bursell placed eighth in the high jump with a 5-08 (1. Connor Looney, Palmer, 6-01.00).

TMHS’ Brendan Pietz placed seventh (17-08.75) and teammate Kenny Fox 13th (16-00) in the long jump (1. Stanson Afoa, Dimond, 19-07.50). Pietz placed fifth (39-01) in the triple jump (1. Tevin Gladden, LAT 42-00.50).

110 Hurdles – 1. Leroy Elliott, West 15.15; 300 Hurdles – 1. Taj Showalter, Bartlett 39.27; 4x100 – 1. Lathrop 44.45 (7. TMHS Van Tamelen, Ia, Jahn, Bursell 47.48); 4x200 – 1. Lathrop 1:31.90 (7. TMHS, Jahn, Bursell, Steeves, Pietz 1:38.30); 4x800 – 1. Kodiak 8:23.19 (8. KTN, Albertson, Kacenas, Voelz, Llanos 9:11.82).

On the 1A/2A/3A girl’s side, Petersburg’s Grace Weller finished third in the 3200 (1. Claire Trujillo, Grace Christian); Haines finished sixth (11:33.20) and PSG seventh (11:36.65) in the 4x800 relay (1. Grace Christian 10:08.38); In the High Jump Port Lions’ Raissa Boskofsky won with 5-02.00 (Hannah Davis, Sitka, no height); Long Jump – 1. Marlee Cunningham, Skyview, 15-03.25 (6. Gabriella Cagle, SIT, 14-00.75 / 7. Kasia Adams, Yakutat, 13-09.50); Triple Jump – 1. Madison Orth, Cook Inlet 31-09.75 (2. Badgley, HNS 31-03.25 / 7. Adams, YAK 30-05.75); Shot Put – 1. Tessa Adelmann, Seward 37-01.25 (5. Mariyah Harrell, SIT, 30-07.50 / 6. Alisha Young, HNS, 28-06.00); Discus – 1. Tessa Adelmann, SEW 107-02 (3. Young, HNS 92-02 / 8. Spud, HNS 84-03.75); 100 meters – 1. Raychel Rivera, Delta 14.00 (2. Serena Badgley, Haines 13.93); 200 – 1. Jodi Davis, GCS 28.57 (6. Gabriella Cagle, SIT 28.75); 400 – 1. Ayla Loper, Su Valley 1:04.88 (8. Robyn Schwartz, PSG 1:08.09); 800 – 1. Cheyenne Applegate, GCS 2:31.30 (8. Schwartz, PSG 2:46.53); 1600 – 1. Claire Trujillo, GCS 5:23.24 (8. Schwartz, PSG 5:57.93); 100 Hurdles – 1. Emily Brockman, Seward 18.44 (6. Adams, Yakutat 17.69 / 8. Weller, PSG 18.49); 300 Hurdles – 1. Boskofsky, Port Lions 52.45 (7. Weller, PSG 52.70); 4x100 – 1. Nikiski 56.17 (7. HNS 57.69 Humphreys, Bower, Badgley, Stuart, Young, Giddings); 4x200 – Eielson 2:00.62; 4x400 – 1. Seward 4:44.47 (6. PSG, Weller, Taylor, Wallace, Schwartz, Pfundt 4:48.09);

For 1A/2A/3A boys:

3200 meters – 1. Miles Knotek, Seward, 10:12.61 (5. Airk Cochran, Skagway 10:43.34); 4x800 – 1. Grace Christian/Andrew Eller, Graysen Sorensen, Ivan David Isaacs, Luke McLaughlin 8:38.75 (8. HNS, Zack Rossman, Neil Little, Terry Davis, Kai Sato-Franks, 9:49.21); High Jump - Augustus Simmers, ACS, 19-11.50 (4. Patrick Henderson, HNS, 5-08.00); Long Jump – 1. Simmers, ACS 19-11.50 (7. Chevy Fowler, HNS, 16-09.50 / 8. Samson Stengl, SIT 16-05.25); Discus – 1. Grant George, GCS, 144-08 ( 6. Alan Jensen, PSG 103-03 / 7. Chatham Conner, SIT 97-01).

Small school team results, Men: 1.Anchorage Christian 99; 2.Houston 58.75; 3.Grace Christian 56; 3.Skyview 56; 5.Glennallen 42; 6.Seward 39.75; 7.Sitka 35; 8.Homer 31; 9.Ben Eielson 22; 10.Nikiski 21; 11.Cook Inlet Academy 16; 12.Galena 12; 13.Haines1.75; 14.Monroe Catholic 9; 15.Valdez 4; 15.Su Valley 4; 17.Ninilchik 3.75; 17.Delta Junction 3; 19.Skagway City Schools 2; 20.Petersburg 1.

Girls:

1.Grace Christian 117; 2.Homer 74; 3.kyview 60;4.Anchorage Christian 58; 5.Su Valley 31; 6.Seward 29; 7.Haines 26; 8.Cook Inlet Academy 20; 9.Ben Eielson 17; 10.Glennallen 14; 10.Port Lions 14; 12.Valdez 12; 12.Delta Junction 12; 14.Monroe Catholic 9; 14.Holy Family Academy 9; 16.Petersburg 8; 17.Sitka 7; 18.Ninilchik 4; 19.Yakutat 3; 20.Nikiski 2.

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