West Valley Girls win Alaska Track & Field State Championship, Boys finish runner-up
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The West Valley Girls Track and Field program ran, leaped and tossed their way to an Alaska High School Division I State Championship over the weekend against the best athletes in the state. Shining through the cloudy weather, the Wolfpack bested South Anchorage 99-89.5, as West Valley brings home the city’s first girls track and field state championship since the program captured the coveted title in 2006.
Future Alaska Nanook Naomi Bailey swept the distance events, taking the 800 (2:16.92), 1600 (5:00.28) and 3200-meter (10:46.54) state titles, while teammate Olivia Manley handled the sprint events with individual victories in the 100 (12.76) and the 200-meter (26.26) dashes. Junior Hadley Blasey took home gold in the Discus (116′03.0), while placing runner-up in the High Jump (5′0.00) and 6th in the Shot Put (32′07.75). The West Valley girls relay teams also showed strong performances, placing top five in the 4x100 (53.86, 4th), 4x400 (4:17.85, 5th) and 4x800-meter races (10:22.17, 4th). Riga Grubis also impressed in the distance events, placing 3rd at state in the 800m (2:19.23) and 1600m (5:10.88).
The Lathrop girls placed 10th overall as a team, led by top five finishes from Essence Slate in the 200m (26.90, 3rd), Thea Millam in the High Jump (5′0.00, 3rd) and Long Jump (15′04.00, 4th) and from the 4x200 (1:53.88, 5th) and 4x400 Relay teams (4:17.55, 3rd).
North Pole saw four placements at state, including Lia Castillo in the 800m (2:20.66, 4th) and High Jump (4′10.00, 6th), Madeline Castillo in the 3200m (11:29.88, 7th) and from the 4x800 Relay team (10:22.24, 5th).
The 2020 Alaska High School State Track & Field Championships were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Complete results from the State Track & Field Meet can be found at the bottom of the article.
BOYS DIVISION I
The West Valley boys couldn’t overcome Chugiak’s dominant weekend, placing 2nd as a team with 65 points. Daniel Abramowicz won his first track and field state titles when he clocked a 1:57.80 in the 800m, before taking gold in the 3200m with a time of 9:39.65. Abramowicz placed 2nd in the 1600m (4:35.21), while teammate Shane Fisher took 4th (4:41.11). The 4x200 Relay team finished 3rd in state (1:36.71), while Jesse Schnable had a pair of top five finishes in the 110m Hurdles (16.73, 4th) and 300m Hurdles (41.75, 3rd). Kuyler Balleck took 5th in the 200m (23.11), while Alex Emers also placed 5th in the High Jump (5′8.00).
Lathrop’s Peyton George can label himself ‘the fastest kid in Alaska’ as the 100-meter dash champion with a time of 11.19 seconds. The Malemutes’ 4x100 Relay team placed 5th (46.26), while Owen Averett took 7th in the 400m (53.86). North Pole took 2nd in 4x800 Relay (8:36.69), while also seeing placements from Riley Fisher in the 800m (2:06.87, 8th) and Asher Terch in Discus (118′08.00).
GIRLS DIVISION II
Monroe’s Katie Bast finished runner-up in the 3200m (12:04.14), while teammate Erin Hendricks took 3rd in the 110m Hurdles (18.38) and 5th in the 300m Hurdles (52.7). The Rams 4x800 Relay squad took 4th (10:53.39), while Jeannie Cook (1:04.94, 7th) and Lauren White (12:27.34, 6th) also placed in the 400m and 3200m events respectively. Hutchison saw placements from Grace Greene in the High Jump (4′4.00, 4th) and Lucie Meyer in the 110m Hurdles (19.70, 7th), while Eielson’s Teslin Brannan took 6th in the 100m Hurdles (19.20).
BOYS DIVISION II
A trio of Interior athletes took home individual state championships in DII, with Delta’s Ben Bialik in the Shot Put (40′11.5), Eielson’s Brandon Polesky in the 200m (23.33) and Monroe’s Garren Nicholson in the 110m Hurdles (15.93). Nicholson also placed 2nd in the 300m Hurdles (43.06) and the Long Jump (19′00.25). Polesky went on to take 3rd in the 100m dash (11.87), while the Ravens 4x200m Relay team, which also featured Polesky, finished 3rd at state (1:40.55). Hutchison saw top five placements from Greyson Watkins in the 110m Hurdles (18.02, 4th), Logan Heim in the Triple Jump (38′04.00, 5th) and from their 4x200 (1:44.11, 5th) and 4x800 Relay teams (9:26.14, 5th).
2021 Alaska Track & Field State Championship Results (Division I)
2021 Alaska Track & Field State Championship Results (Division II)
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