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Track Hosts First Meet of the Season

Kayhi Track’s first home meet is this weekend. The meet will start today at 3 p.m. The teams that are attending are Juneau Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Sitka, Thorne Bay and Petersburg. Tonight, the meet will kick off with the field events following with the 3200-meter run and many more events. All the relays and finals will take place on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
Sophomore Gregory Merle said he feels nervous for his first meet.
“This is my first year jumping,” said Merle. “As a team, we are looking pretty good going into the events.”

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Boys Track place 2nd in WA

Kayhi Track and Field finished their season opener with several medals and new-found confidence. The team competed in both the Toutle Lake Meet and the Al Mckee Invitational Meet last weekend in Washington. The Kings earned a 2nd Place overall score at the Al Mckee Invitational. The Lady Kings 4×400 relay team consisting of all first and second year members (Carlee Zartman, Rachel Knight, Ashley Cyr, and Keri Thomas) took home the only first place medals for Kayhi at the same meet. Thorne Bay invite Titus Tripple led the boys in Toutle Lake with two first place events– both in hurdling. First year member Keri Thomas said the team performed well for their first meets.
“Having no expectations was perfect for our first races. I think that we impressed our competition and our coaches as well,” said Thomas. “ The trip gave us the confidence we needed to prove to ourselves that we could compete both inside and outside of Alaska.”
The Kings will host both Juneau schools, Sitka and Petersburg this weekend at Esther Shea Field. The events will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Toutle Lake Meet:

Mens
Titus Tripple  110 hurdles – 1st place
Titus Tripple 300 hurdles – 1st place
Kadin Hodges 200 meter dash – 2nd place
Germin Passion long jump – 2nd place
John Barron 400 – 3rd place
Luke Reynolds 3200 – 3rd place
Christopher Carlson 110 hurdles -3rd place

Womens
4×400 relay – Madison Rose, Rachel Knight, Carlee Zartman, Keri Thomas – 2nd place
Rachel Knight 800 – 2nd place
Ashley Cyr 3200 – 2nd place
Keri Thomas 1600 – 3rd place
Rachel Knight 400 – 3rd place
Ashley Cyr 800 – 3rd place

Al McKee Invitational:

Mens
2nd Overall Team Score
Brendan Wong shotput – 2nd place
Luke Reynolds 1600 – 2nd place
Nate Ellis 3200 – 3rd place
Titus Tripple  110 hurdles – 3rd place
Titus Tripple 300 hurdles – 3rd place
Nolan Meyer triple jump – 3rd place

Womens
4×400 relay – Carlee Zartman, Rachel Knight, Ashley Cyr, Keri Thomas – 1st place
4×100 relay – Rosie Kacenas, Carlee Zartman, Rachel Knight, Madison Rose – 2nd place
Rachel Knight 400 – 3rd place

Track Heads to Washington

Kayhi Track and Field will be traveling to Washington this week to compete in their first two meets of the season. They will be the only out-of-state team attending both the C2BL Meet in Toutle Lake, WA and the Al McKee Invitational in Stevenson, WA. Head coach Alex Pennino has purposely kept the Washington trip in the season schedule for seven consecutive years because of the exposure it gives the team.
“The best part about Washington is getting to check out some different tracks, meets, and athletes,” said Pennino.
Although the trip is beneficial to the new team, there is also a huge setback due to poor scheduling for the 2018 season.
“The worst part about the trip is that it coincides with Music Fest this year, so we had to leave behind some of our more competitive athletes, including seniors,” said Pennino.
Competing against teams that aren’t in the same conference–let alone the same state– is one of the best ways to start Kayhi’s season: having no pressure or expectations and just getting some experience in. But, because the competition in Washington is at a naturally higher level, any less-experienced team would prefer to bring it’s better, more experienced members. With the absence of those stronger members, the new athletes on the Kayhi roster have been expected to step up.
“We have a lot of new and unproven athletes this year on the trip,” said Pennino. “Hopefully it will be a good learning experience for the kids and get them prepared for the season with some races under their belts.”
With the members that are traveling, Pennino believes the team has a lot of potentials that Kayhi fans can look forward to. He has confidence is some strong upperclassmen on the boys’ side that have been proving their place at practices.
“I’m expecting some strong work out of Seniors Luke Reynolds and Paul Allmendinger,” said Pennino. “Junior John Barron has been a beast at practice and I’m looking forward to seeing him in competition.”
This season, the presence of first-year members on the girls’ side overpowers that of the boys’. From what Pennino’s seen, he predicts there will be a pair of underclassmen runners who will shine at the upcoming meets.
“I’m not positive who will stand out but if I had to bet, I would wager on Ashley Cyr and Rachel Knight,” said Pennino. “We also have a few girls who will be in their first meet ever and it’s exciting to see how they will do.”
Kayhi’s Track and Field has grown significantly over the years, with more and more people wanting to join in. Pennino and the rest of the coaches have taken notice of the newfound interest in the sport.
“We have 60 members on the team this year and I think kids at Kayhi are starting to figure out that track is a pretty dope sport that isn’t just running around in a circle,” said Pennino.
With a large number of members comes a large amount of potential. Pennino makes sure to emphasize the teams’ main focus when asked how the season should play out.
“Our main goal of the season is to see improvement from race to race and meet to meet,” said Pennino. “It’s pretty hard to learn the events and it’s a definite strain on your joints and muscles–but it’s pretty rewarding and I’m really stoked to see what this group can achieve.”
The Kings’ first meet will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at Toutle Lake High School, followed by a 12 p.m. meet on Saturday at Stevenson High School.

Washington Trip Roster
Seniors
Keri Thomas- Hurdles, Distance, Sprints
Kaiden Hodges- Sprints
Victoria Adams- Throwing
Luke Reynolds- Distance
Nolan Meyers- All the difficult stuff
Nate Ellis- Distance
Dawson Entwit- Throws
Chris Salita- Throws
German Passion- Jumps
Paul Allmendinger- Distance
Rosie Kacenas- Sprints

Juniors
Elizabeth Knight- Distance
Kaileigh Edenshaw- Sprints, Jumps
Crist Carlson- Hurdles
Brendon Wong- Throwing
Franklyn Correa- Sprints
ER Caparas- Jumps, Sprints
John Barron- Distance

Sophomores
Madi Rose- Sprints, Distance
Ashley Cyr- Distance
Hunter Matthews- Distance, Jumps

Freshmen
Rachel Knight- Sprints, Distance
Carlee Zartman- Sprints

 

Spring Sports

Largim Zhuta
Staff Writer

Break out your blankets, keep your winter clothes out, and your shovels handy because — you guessed it — spring sports are upon us.
Baseball, softball, and soccer tryouts begin today after school. Track pre-season concludes today, marking the start of the regular season.
Girls and boys soccer tryouts are at Fawn Mountain field at 3:30 and 5:15 respectively.
Softball will be in the Kayhi Main gym at 7:15, while baseball will take the Norman Walker Field batting cages from 3 to 5.
Track will have their first practice today right after school in the glorious Kayhi hallways and weight room.

Boys Soccer Tryouts
Wed 5:15 p.m. Fawn Mountain
Thurs 7:15 p.m. Fawn Mountain

Girls Soccer Tryouts
Wed 3:30 p.m. Fawn Mountain
Thurs 3:30 p.m. Fawn mountain

Softball Tryouts
Wed 7:15 p.m. Kayhi Main gym
Thurs 5:15 p.m. Kayhi Aux gym
Fri 5:30 p.m. Norman Walker Field batting cages

Baseball Tryouts
Wed 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. (underclassmen) 4:15-5 p.m. (upperclassmen) Norman Walker Field batting cages
Thurs 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Recreational Center
Fri 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. Kayhi main gym

Kayhi Track Hosts Last Home Meet of Season

Kayhi track and field hosted a meet last weekend taking first in mens and second in womens. The teams participating were Petersburg and Thorne Bay. Adrian Ronquillo took first in 100 meter dash with 12.22 and first in 200 meter with 25.68. John Barron took first in 400 meter with 59.19. Paul Allmendinger took first in 800 meter with 2:18.69 and first in 1600 meter with 4:53.69. Desiree DeMello took first in 400 meter with 1:05.62. Joey Rhoads took first in discus throwing 118 feet. Trevor Ortiz took first for high jump with 5-04, first in long jump with 18-03.5, and first in triple jump with 39-04.25. Senior captain Edric Tiamzon said was pleased with everyone hitting their PR’s.
“Many of my teammates had hit personal records, which I am very proud of showing,” said Tiamzon.  “We are ready for regions.”

Kayhi Track Hosts Last Home Meet

The Kayhi track team will be hosting their second home meet of the season, featuring Petersburg, Thorne Bay, and Schoenbar students. All events will start today at 3 p.m. at the Esther Shea Field. On Saturday, events will start at 9 a.m. Senior Sarah McClennan is looking forward to competing at the last home meet.
“This meet is smaller, but it is also a chance for people to earn their spot on the regions trip since everyone won’t be able to go,” said McClennan. “Home meets are always fun, just like home games. You have more of a fan section, more people cheering you on; it’s exciting.”
Kayhi Track will travel to the Region V Track Meet May 19th at Thunder Mountain.

Kayhi Track Performs Well at TMHS

Last weekend Kayhi track participated in the Juneau Invitational meet hosted by Thunder Mountain taking 3rd in men’s and 5th in women’s. Participating teams were Gustavus, Haines, Juneau Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway, Thorne Bay and Yakutat. Sophomore Elizabeth Knight took 1st in the 800 meter with 2:43.8. Junior Joey Rhodes took 1st in discus throwing 123-02. Sophomore Aedel Magno took 3rd in shot put throwing 26-08. Senior Sarah McClennon took 3rd in discus throwing 67-02. 4×100 relay boys, senior Trevor Ortiz, senior Luke Dossett, junior Adrian Ronquillo and senior Nico DeGuzman took 2nd with 48.19. Trevor Ortiz took 1st in triple jump with 40-09.25, 2nd in high jump with 5-08, and 2nd in long jump with 19-02. Ortiz felt like the track meet went well from a team standpoint.
“I felt as though it was a very good track meet,” said Ortiz.  “A lot of our athletes ‘pr’d’(personal record) and did better each time. Our team worked hard and overall it was a good meet to participate in, lots of competition.”