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Track team kicks off first meet in Juneau


May 10, 2018

The Haines High School track team got a running start to their season in Juneau last weekend and now is gearing up for a home meet.

Freshman Mark Davis, who coach Pete Degen said just recently learned how to hurdle, placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles and achieved a personal record of 50.02 seconds. “It’s arguably the hardest race,” Degen said.

Other schools competing at the Juneau Invitational included Gustavus, Juneau Douglas, Ketchikan, Klukwan, Petersburg, Sitka, Skagway, Thorne Bay, Thunder Mountain and Yakutat.

The 4x400 Relay team, made up of Odin Jacobson, Mark Davis, Kirby Faverty and Siyel George, placed sixth in the race with a time of 4 minutes and 12 seconds. Individually, George placed fourth in the 3200 Meter race with a personal record of 10 minutes and 42 seconds.

Sophomore Becca Wheeler also succeeded in her events, placing third in women’s discus with 75.5 feet, and fourth in shot put with 25 feet and 8 inches, both personal records. Kamakana Kanahele placed fifth in men’s discus, throwing it 103 feet and 11 inches, a personal record.

Freshman Wesley Verhamme set a personal record and placed fifth in the 12-pound shotput with a distance of 39 feet and 1.5 inches. Team members fought through rain and cold to complete their races.

“It was cold, but it didn’t stop us from having fun,” Verhamme said.

Coach Pete Degen said the 22-person team, a lot of whom are brand new to track, learned a lot. “They learned how meets run, what’s expected of them and how to be ready and prepared,” Degen said. “Every one of those kids wants to be here, and that’s what makes it worth it to be involved.”

The team’s next meet is at home against Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain High Schools at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 11 and 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12 at the school track. Regionals are May 18 and 19 in Juneau, which Degen said could qualify students for further competition.


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