Rori Leaverton launches from the line during the long jump at a meet in Juneau in April.

Photos by Klas Stolpe, Juneau Empire

Six Panther track athletes set personal records at Haines meet


The Skagway Panthers track and field team will be competing in its regional tournament today after ending the regular season strong last weekend in Haines.
“Overall, the meet was pretty exciting,” coach Kent Fielding said of the Haines meet. “I’m really happy with what the kids did.”
Fielding said the Panthers performed well at the meet despite the cold, windy weather conditions in Haines.
The main competition for the Panthers at the May 5 meet was from Haines and Sitka because they are in Skagway’s 2A-3A division, Fielding said. Two 4A Juneau teams participated in the meet, and although the schools all competed together on May 5, the small and large schools will not directly compete against each other in the regional meet.
For the girls, senior Rori Leaverton placed first in the long jump and third in the triple jump overall, and second in the 800-meter dash for small schools. Senior Jayce Ellis placed second in shot put overall.
For the boys, Airk Cochran placed first 3200-meter run for small schools and second in the 1600-meter run for small schools. Zack Wassman came in second place in the 400-meter dash overall, third place in the long jump overall, and sixth place for the triple jump overall.
In the 4x400-meter relay, the Skagway team of Airk Cochran, Jake Grieser, Donovan Henson and Danny Moore came in second overall.
“We’re not even entering the 4x400 at regions,” Fielding said. “We were just doing it for blind handoff practice, but we came in second. It was exciting.”
Trevor Cox placed first in the 400-meter-dash for junior high and Rebecca Hollander, also in junior high, ran personal records in the 800-meter-dash and the 1600-meter run.
Leaverton and Wassman set personal records in the long jump, Grieser set a personal record in the 400-meter dash, and Grieser and Moore set personal records in the 1600-meter run. Since it was Cochran’s first time participating in a meet, all of his events were personal records.
The regional tournament, which starts today, is being held at Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau.
Other small school teams participating in Skagway’s division include Sitka, Petersburg, Haines, Yakutat and Gustavus.