Varsity track team of four competes in Juneau
By KATIE EMMETS
The Skagway High School track and field team will compete in its first 2013 meet this weekend in Juneau.
The Panthers varsity track roster is made up of senior Airk Cochran, junior Donovan Henson, and freshmen Al Weber and Trevor Cox.
Last year Cochran placed first in the one-mile run and the two-mile run at the regional competition, and Coach Kent Fielding said he thinks Cochran will do well again this year.
This weekend Cochran will participate in the 800-meter run, the one-mile run and the two-mile run. Fielding said Henson will likely participate in the one-mile run and the two-mile run. Cox will do the 800-meter run, the one-mile run and the two mile run and might also do the long jump. Weber, who Fielding said is a long distance runner, will do the one-mile run and the two-mile run.
The meet will consist of schools from all classes, and the Panthers will run and jump alongside of Southeast athletes from Sitka, Haines, Ketchikan, Juneau, Thunder Mountain, Petersburg, Gustavus, Thorne Bay and Yakutat.
Because Juneau has a regulation track, this meet will allow the athletes to get their official times before the regional track meet in May. How the runners do this weekend will serve as a seeding tool for the regional meet.
The Skagway School is also seeing a high number of middle schoolers participating in track and field.
There are 12 kids on this year’s team, and the first meet is on May 8.
“I’m pretty impressed with a lot of them,” Fielding said.
Fielding said he wouldn’t be surprised if Skagway’s junior high runners take first, second and third place in the mile run at their first meet.
Registrations filling fast for 21st Kluane- Chilkat bike relay
Despite the recent cooler, late-winter temperatures, the annual Kluane Chilkat International Bike Relay is less than three months away. On-line registration for this annual international event has been open since March 15, and already over 260 riders and 83 teams have registered for the June 15 event.
Last year’s celebration event marking 20 years of KCIBR saw registrations fill to the maximum of 1,200 riders in record time.
While registration for the June 15, 2013 relay officially closes on May 31, based on last year’s response, race officials expect all 1200 rider spots will fill up long before that. Along with the 1,200 rider cap, there is a limit of 95 teams in the 8-person category.
Participants who want to purchase a souvenir bamboo t-shirt or long sleeve tech shirt must register by April 26. The shirt design for this year was created by Haines artist, Elizabeth Jurgeleit, and may be viewed on the KCIBR website.
To register or for more information on the bike relay, visit the website at www.kcibr.org.
Race officials have a number of changes in place for 2013. The staggered start times this year will be more condensed than previous years. At 8:30 a.m., solo, 2-person, and 4-person teams will start using new, self-seeded competitive and recreational groupings. Eight-person teams will start 10 minutes later at 8:40. The intent is to get all of the teams further down the Haines Highway on the first leg of the race before blocked, southbound traffic is allowed to depart Haines Junction. Southbound traffic is blocked in Haines Junction from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Primary safety concern: increased signage and messaging to participants will focus on using extra-cautious driving habits.
Organizers for the 2013 event will once again offer two team captains’ meetings. Teams in Whitehorse will have an option of picking up their race packages and attending a Captains’ briefing on Tuesday, June 11 at the Mt McIntyre Recreation Centre. The regular Friday night Captains’ meeting in Haines Junction will take place on June 14 for teams that don’t make the Whitehorse meeting.
The bike relay is a 240 km, international event, crossing the US-Canada border 65 kilometers from Haines. Teams can enter in one of several categories. There are solo, 2, 4, and 8 person teams for men, women, and mixed.
All visitors to Alaska, including riders on Leg 7 must show a passport at U.S. Customs. Cyclists will have to dismount and show their passport. It is best for Leg 7 riders to be US or Canadian Citizens. Participants should check the event website for details about clearing customs.