Track sends 9 to state

Makena Johansen
Staff Writer

The Kayhi track team took 23 athletes to the Region V meet in Juneau, and left with 26 personal records, two school records, and nine athletes advancing to state.

Senior Riley Deal said he felt pretty good about his performance at Regions. Deal is ranked 8th in the state and hopes to make finals at the state tournament.

“I was surprised I did so well because we didn’t have practice,” said Deal. “If I can make it to finals, maybe I’ll do better from there,” said Deal.

The Kings had a total of six official practices in the last month prior to regions. 

Senior Rachel Knight ended Regions with 3 wins in the 200, 400, and 4×200.

“I gave it my all. After all the hard work I’ve put in throughout the past year I knew it was my last chance so overall I’m proud and happy with my performance,” said Knight.

Knight said she hopes to break 1:00 at state on her 400.

“If I could do that I could be looking at running college and a state title,” said Knight. “I’m not looking to do anything special or extraordinary, I’m just going to stay relaxed and focused and do what I’m already capable of,” said Kight.

Head Coach Alex Pennino said Knight was awarded a spot in the Brian Young Invitational in Kodiak, with 6 other top athletes in the region.

“Knight turned heads on the track with an absolutely dominant performance in the 400 meter.  She began to pull away from the field at the 200 meter mark and kept up a blistering pace through the finish line for a PR of 100.59,” said Pennino.

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