Track Season has Many Hurdles


Erik Wander/KMXT

Weather conditions have caused headaches for Kodiak High School track and field athletes and their coaches so far this season, but as the season winds down toward regional and state tournaments, there is still an opportunity to see the team in action in Kodiak.

It took three weeks to complete due to bad weather, but the Kodiak team finally finished its annual intra-squad pentathlon recently. In the event, athletes compete for points in the high jump, shot put, 100 and 800 meter races and the 300 meter hurdles.

Kodiak athletic director Steve Rounsaville said both the boys’ and girls’ team captains came out on top, including a record-setting performance by Lindsay Burcham.

(Track 1 20 sec. "Because of the weather … so that was exciting.")

Rounsaville said weather has been a factor throughout the season, but that the team is doing the best it can under the circumstances and hopes to see the weather situation change as the mid-May regional tournament approaches.

(Track 2 42 sec. "For the first month … and they’re barely started.")

The next and only remaining chance for Kodiak track fans to see the team in action locally will be May 8th and 9th, when Kodiak hosts a tri-invitational with Anchorage Christian School and Bartlett. Rounsaville said the meet promises to be competitive, and that fans will be treated to an exciting event.

(Track 3 29 sec. "It’s awesome because … the track tearing it up there.")

Kodiak next heads to Juneau Friday and Saturday for the Juneau Invitational. The regional tournament, which is hosted by Skyview this year, takes place May 15th and 16th, and the state tournament will be held in Fairbanks May 22nd and 23rd.


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