Petersburg High School freshman Izabelle Ith won four events to help the Vikings capture the girls Region V 3A track and field championship on Saturday at Thunder Mountain Field.
Ith took the 100 (12.92), 100 hurdles (16.62), long jump (16’0.75”) and the triple jump (33’0.50”).
“I am tired,” Ith said. “It is exciting to be going to state. I am just having so much fun. It is a great first regional meet so far. The team aspect is really nice for me because I don’t do many team sports, but this feels like a team. I don’t really like running but I love hurdles a lot because it is not running, it is jumping and sprinting which is so much fun.”
Thorne Bay’s Taylee Nyquest won four events as well, taking the 400 (1:03.39), 800 (2:26.74) and 1600 (5:15.22) meter runs on Saturday and the 3200 (11:07.36) meter on Friday. Saturday’s combined 1600, which included all divisions (like Friday’s 3200), was a duel in the heat.
“That was honestly the hardest race I have ever run,” Nyquest said. “Maddie (Hall) really pushed me. It was a great race. I am really glad to run with her. I wish we had enough runners for a team relay but I love watching the other runners and the team part of it.”
The Vikings girls 4x800 relay team of Kylie Wallace, Fran Abbott, Hannah Pfundt and Robyn Schwartz qualified for state with an 11:00.09 win that pushed Sitka back.
“We are super excited,” Schwartz said. “We just went out and had fun.”
Added Wallace, “It is just really fun running relays because you are not doing it for yourself, you are doing it for the team. Everyone feels it when you do good.”
Haines’ Devin Light won the 100 (11:42) and 200 (23.67) meter dashes and anchored the 4x100 winner (47.65) on Saturday. Light placed second in the high jump (5’7”) on Friday. The sprint wins kept Sitka from pulling away from Petersburg in the team standings and gave the Glacier Bears a push.
“I feel really good,” Light said. “I trained for this. It is my senior year. It is something that is going to get me in shape for college and something I want to do all my life. It is like a life skill and something to get involved in the community. It is good to be a role model for people that look up to you. I like to try and help little kids whenever I can, so it was nice to come out here and win so I could show them you can do anything.”
Skagway’s Zack Wassman captured the long jump (19’2”) and triple jump (36’05”) for the Pathers and teammate Ethan Goebel won the 800 (2:11.67), 1600 (5:00.44) and 3200 (10:38.02).
“It feels good,” Wassman said. “I have gone farther but this is good. It is hard for Skagway to make it on the board for team points because we have so few students.”
Petersburg’s Ben Zarlengo helped the Vikings cause with wins in the 110 meter hurdles (18.72) and 300 hurdles (45.25).
“I feel good,” Zarlengo said. “I think I ran a good race and hopefully I can do better at state. Track means a lot. It is a team sport, takes a lot of teamwork and to me, I feel like it is more of a group effort than any other sport I have been in.”
The final boys 1600-meter relay sealed the fate for the Viking,s as Sitka edged
Petersburg 3:52.19 to 3:53.20 and earned the points margin.
“That run was one of the most satisfying runs I have ever run,” Sitka’s James Morland said. “This track meet was amazing.”
Teammate Niko Sani added, “For two years we have been trying to take first for the 4-by-4. We have one senior and we finally did it.”
Sitka had been hoping to give senior Xevair Lysons the win after four years.
“I feel really good,” Lysons said. “I feel like I should sleep right now. I am happy to finally make it back to state.”
The 1A/2A/3A region V track and field results are on page B3.