Varsity tracksters (left) Airk Cochran, Al Weber and Trevor Cox laugh as coach Kent Fielding talks about them during a pep assembly, and the junior high team poses for the assembly. From left on back row are Alex Ackerman, Colton Belisle, Ethan Goebel, Hailey Jensen, Kara Whitehead, Micah Cook, Rebecca Hollander; on front row are Madison Cox, Shane Sims, and Wyatt Belisle. KE

Cochran, Cox off to fast track start; regionals this week for varsity, j-high


The Skagway School Panthers track and field team kicked off its season on April 27 with a snowy start.
Despite winter-like weather conditions in Juneau, runners Airk Cochran and Trevor Cox placed high in their events.
Senior Cochran placed first for small schools in both the 800-meter run and the 1600 meter run. He came in second overall in the 800 and third out of 32 kids in the longer distance.
Skagway coach Kent Fielding said Cochran currently ranks eighth in the state for small schools in the 1600 with a time of 4 minutes and 52 seconds and 11th best for the 800 with a time of 2 minutes and 10 seconds.
Freshman Trevor Cox ran the same two races.
Cox placed fourth for small schools in the 800 and fifth for small schools in the 1600.
Fielding described the weather the boys ran in as “blizzardy.”
“I’ve never been to a track meet before with weather like that,” he said.
Because the weather caused the electronic timers to not work, Fielding said coaches were standing in the snow with hand timers.
Juneau received five inches of snow that Saturday morning, and coaches had to get up early and shovel the runway for the long jump, he said.
The two other varsity team members, Donovan Henson and Al Weber, were unable to make the meet but are expected to attend regionals today in Juneau.
The Skagway junior high runners and jumpers competed in their first meet in Juneau on Thursday.
Eighth grade participants included Alex Ackerman, Colton Belisle, Ethan Goebel, Nathaniel Leggett, and Hailey Jensen; seventh grade participants were Micah Cook and Kara Whitehead, and sixth grade participants were Shane Sims, Wyatt Belisle, Rebecca Hollander, and Madison Cox.


River Quest sign-up deadline is May 15;
70 teams, 9 countries represented

WHITEHORSE – The final push is on to register for the 15th annual Yukon River Quest, which will be held June 26 to June 30. To date, 70 teams from nine countries have signed up, according to a YRQ press release.
The last day to enter the race is May 15. Yukon and Alaskan paddlers who sometimes wait till the last minute are encouraged to enter now to guarantee a spot. Online entry forms are available via a link on the race website under the Register tab. Entry fees are $850 (CAD) for tandem canoes and kayaks, $475 for solo canoes and kayaks, and $250 per person for voyageur canoe teams of six or more paddlers.
A Skagway racing tandem canoe is available for any local team that signs up. Contact Jeff Brady at 973-2354 for info.
There is a limit of 100 canoe and kayak teams. Paddlers should have race or wilderness paddling experience, and all boats must meet the specifications defined in the 2013 YRQ Rules posted on the website.
The 715-kilometer (444-mile) wilderness adventure paddling race is held on the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City in Canada's Yukon Territory. Held during the last week of June, the YRQ is the world’s longest annual canoe and kayak race. It is known as the “Race to the Midnight Sun,” as paddlers race round-the-clock under a sky that never gets dark. There are just two mandatory rest stops of 10 hours over the course of the entire event.
Teams are required to have a SPOT device mounted on top of their boats and activated for tracking before their team is officially registered. Introduced last year, this requirement allowed teams to be able to be tracked during the race from links on the Yukon River Quest website.
The 2013 race purse will be $36,500 (CAD) if a full roster of 100 teams is registered by the May 15 deadline. Otherwise the purse is adjusted downward on a percentage basis. There are overall cash prizes for each class – tandem canoe, tandem kayak, solos, and voyageur canoes – as well as prizes for the top three in each division, and other special awards.
For more information, view the pre-registration instructions, rules, and numerous paddler preparation links at . For current news watch the site and the race’s Facebook page. If you can’t race, then think about volunteering for this fun and rewarding event. Click on the Volunteer tab on the site to see what’s available.