Devin Fairbanks runs to the finish line and Kaitlyn Surdyk leads the pack at the Juneau meet. Hannah O'Daniel

Kaitlyn Surdyk wins two track race at Juneau, Danny Moore takes one in Haines

 The region’s cross-country champ is lighting up the distance events in track and field this spring.
In her first meet of the season in Juneau on April 29-30, Skagway senior Kaitlyn Surdyk finished first in the 3200 and 1600 runs, and second in the 800. Those wins came over runners from bigger 4A schools.
Her winning times were 12:48.27 in the 3200, and 6:01.34 in the 1600, beating rival Morgan Turcott of Petersburg by more than 10 seconds in each event. In the 800, Surdyk had a time of 2:42.00, about 3 seconds behind winner Jolene Lemieux of Haines. Surdyk was the only Skagway runner to score points at the Juneau meet.
Then it was off to Haines last weekend, but results were incomplete, said coach Kent Fielding. He did say the team scored wins in the 800, with Surdyk taking the girls race and Danny Moore winning the boys race.
At this week’s awards banquet, Fielding held off announcing track awards so as not to jinx the team before regionals this weekend. He said several had shots to earn state berths in the 1A-2A-3A division.
He also thanked Chris Wassman for helping him with the jumpers and Jefferie Thielbar for helping with the shot put and discus throwers. Skagway will be sending 15 students to regionals. State is the following weekend in Fairbanks. – JB

Activities Director Becky Jensen congratulates top female athletes Jesse Ellis and Kaitlyn Surdyk at the SHS Awards Banquet. See story in School Report from this issue. JB

UPDATE - Surdyk won the 1600 and 3200 at regionals and also qualified for State with a second place finish in the 800. Leaverton qualified in the triple jump. For updates from the State Track meet in Fairbanks, go to