Left: Josh Cotton won first place in the older division at a recent skateboarding competition. Right: Danny Moore, winner of the younger division, prepares to show off his skills. Andrew Cremata photos
Rec. Center thrives
Survey sent out to get more input on facility use, needs
By EMILY A. PALM
Comments like, Yep, Im alive, and Okay, whos beeping? echoed against Skagway City School gymnasium walls last Monday as the cross-country team tried out new Polar Heart Rate Monitors.
The roughly $130,000 worth of electronics were dispersed among the runners before the team headed outside during a patch of sunny weather for sprints.
Funded through a federal PEP grant, the monitors should help new Cross-Country Coach Kent Fielding this year in training the runners. At the end of every week, heart rates will be entered into a computer that will let Fielding know if he needs to step up or tone down the intensity of practices.
Three freshmen on the girls team have potential to bring a strong season. Paige Hahn, Emily Herbig, and Amanda Jensen placed in the top 10 at a Juneau junior high cross-country meet last year.
With another year under their belts, they will just get stronger as they get older. Theres a lot of promise and potential there, former coach Gary Trozzo told The Skagway News last September.
A year has since passed and the first meet of the season will be in Sitka on Sept. 1.
There are some hopes that one or more will qualify for state, said Fielding last Monday. Without jinxing anything, the coach added, They could be really good.
Four runners in hunt after first X-C meet
Skagway cross-country team opened its season with a 5-kilometer run around the totems at Sitka National Historical Park last Saturday. Sixteen middle school and high school students ran.
It proved that at least four of our runners have a chance at making state, said coach Kent Fielding of Paige Hahn, Amanda Jensen, Emily Herbig and Mickey Wilson.
Had eighth-grader Kaitlyn Surdyk and seventh-grader Rori Leaverton been included in the high school category, they would have made the top ten with their lower 22 minute scores, said Fielding. All the boys who ran at the race achieved personal records with their times.
Skagway raced against most Southeast competition. The girls finished third among 2A-3A schools behind Haines and Petersburg.
The team visits Haines today and Petersburg on Sept. 16. Regionals are in Juneau on Sept. 23.
SHS official places (among 2A-3A schools) and times:
Boys - 9. Mickey Wilson, 18:44; 24. Quinn Weber, 19:36; Girls- 3. Paige Hahn, 21:25; 6. Amanda Jensen, 21:43; 7. Emily Herbig, 22:03. EP
Box of Rocks 2006
Times from Trailhead to Upper Dewey:
Ben Seale, 51:21; Kurt Dodd, 57:20; Mike Healy, 58:42; Tony Lawrence, 1:00:15; Joe Stephenson, 1:03:00; Nick Akers, 1:03:42; Heather Seale, 1:05:15; Joe Gaines, 1:05:30; Ben Smith, 1:06:00; Chris Sassen, 1:06:00; Jeanna Maloney, 1:10:00; Vicki Moy, 1:14:40; Mike Korsmo, 1:24:00; Kristin Wilkinson, 1:25:00; Mike Larsen, 1:26:00; Nan Saldi, 1:28:00; Emily Palm, 1:40:00; Stuard Stevens, 2:10:00