High School Bears track and field team went into the state championships over
the weekend with high expectations of at least the boys repeating as state
champions, but they came away disappointed.
were a distant third with 70 when the final scores were tallied, falling to
Bartlett's 92-points and Palmer's 87. The Bears had beaten Palmer in the
region championships just a week earlier.
finished 10th with 22 points. Dimond won with 85-point-5 points, followed by
Juneau, Bartlett, West Valley and Eagle River rounding out the top five. West
Anchorage, Kenai, East Anchorage and Sitka also finished in front of the Bears.
The Kodiak girls had beaten Kenai a week ago at regionals, as well.
distance runner Trevor Dunbar was the only individual champ for Kodiak during
the two-day event, winning the 16-hundred meter race with a time of 4-minutes
15-point-78 seconds -- about five and a half seconds ahead of arch rival Jake
Parisien of Palmer.
beat Dunbar in another of his strong event, the 32-hundred meters Friday, in a
race where they both shattered Dunbar's one-year-old state record. Dunbar was
third in the 800-meters. Dunbar had gone into state championships with the
fastest times in the state for the three distance events.
Kodiak finishers included Dylan Anthony 4th and Sam Salus 7th in the 32-hundred
Friday. Karsten Schick was 8th in the high jump. And, along with everyone else
in the state, Michael Odell lost in the shot put to Bartlett's Jordan Clarke,
who leads the nation with a 71-foot 3-inch throw. Odell managed fourth, with a
hurl of 49-feet 7-inches.
Friday, Linzee Burcham was third in the high jump.
Saturday, she was 4th in the 100 meters. Abby Reed was 4th in the 800. Chloe
Ivanoff was 8th in the 16-hundred. In the relay events, the girls placed 6th in
the 400 and 800, and 3rd in the 32-hundred.
boy's side, Odell and Andy Dittman placed third and fourth, respectively, in
both the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Salus was 8th in the 16-hundred. Odell was
3rd in the 300-hurdles. In the relay events, the Kodiak boys were 7th in the
400, 3rd in the 16-hundred, and 4th in the 32-hundred.