In frigid temperatures in Fairbanks, peninsula athletes shined at the 2013 ASAA State Track and Field Championships contested May 17 and 18 at Lathrop High School. The state championships featured competition in both the small school and large school divisions, with Skyview, Homer, Nikiski, Seward and CIA in the small school division; Soldotna and Kenai competed in the large school division.
Small School Division
The Small School Division of the track and field championships were highlighted by team championships for the Grace Christian Academy girls and the Anchorage Christian School boys; and championship performances by the Skyview Panthers and Homer Mariners.
Skyview collected six state championships, including a pair of state titles for Micah Hilbish. Hilbish races to victories in the 400M and 800M. Skyview’s Tim Duke won the 110M hurdles; Marlee Cunningham jumped to the long jump title; Kaylee Fisher sprinted for the 100M title and the Panther’s 2X200M relay team of Fisher, Sidney Roumagoux, Cunningham and Hayley Ramsell captured the state championship. Roumagoux finished second in the 100M; Cunningham, fourth in the triple jump; Duke, second in the 300M hurdles.
The Homer Mariner girls finished second in the race for the state, small school championship. Skyview finished tied for third in the boys team race and third in the girls overall competition.
Cook Inlet Academy recorded a second in the 100M hurdles for Madison Orth; a fourth in the discus for Cara Davidson and a pair of silver medals for Zach Taplin in the shot put and discus.
Large School Division
The Soldotna Stars opened the running events in the 4A state championships on Saturday with a victory in the girls 4X800M. Daisy Nelson, Olivia Hutchings, Sadie Fox and Dani McCormick brought the Stars their only gold medal of the weekend. McKayla Wong placed third in the girls discus; Jay Ulen jumped to a fourth in the high jump and Luke Micheal finished fourth in the 400M for the stars other medal winning performances. The Kenai Kardinals picked up a third in the girls high jump by Kiana Harding and a fourth in the 100M hurdles for Leah Sandahl.