West Valley Abramowicz wins 3 individual gold medals at state | Sports


This time he is a three-time state champion.

Daniel Abramowicz, the West Valley distance runner whose resume includes Fall’s Gatorade Alaska Cross-Country Athlete of the Year, added the Division I state titles in the 800 meters (1 minute, 57 .09 seconds) and in the 1,600 meters (4:24.01) to the gold medal he won on Friday in the 3,200 m.

Last year he took two of those three, finishing second in the 1600m. This year, the senior will leave West Valley and head to the University of San Francisco with no unfinished business.

West Valley’s Hadley Blasley also repeated as the Division I state champion in discus, throwing 126 feet, 1 inch, over 16 feet beyond the throw of second.

Payton George of Lathrop won the 400 meter race in 50.43, while taking bronze in the 200 (22.81) and 100 (11.28).

West Valley’s Olivia Manley has appeared on the women’s sprint podium three times, finishing excruciatingly close to gold each time.

In the 100m, she finished second in 12.48 seconds, 0.16 seconds behind East Anchorage’s Olyvia Mamae. In the 200m, she again finished second, this time just 3/100ths of a second behind Mamae (25.37 to 25.40). In the 400m, she took third place with a time of 1:00.44, 0.47 seconds behind Palmer’s Katey Houser.

West Valley’s Alex Emers also won Division I gold with a 6-foot-3 high jump.

The West Valley boys’ 4×400-meter relay team won the state title in 3:30.83 and finished second in the 4×800-meter relay against Dimond, who edged them 8:21.16 to 8:27 ,29.

The Lathrop girls finished three Top 5 stints – the 4×800 meter relay (third in 10:23.74) and the 4×400 (fifth in 4:19.90) and 4×200 (fourth in 1:50.55).

In team total, the West Valley boys were runners-up for the second consecutive year with 138 points, second behind Wasilla who scored 168 points. The Lathrop boys were ninth overall.

On the girls’ side, the Wolf Pack finished fifth with 92 points. Chugiak won the overall title with 142. The Lathrop girls finished 12th.

In Division II, Eielson’s Brandon Polesky and Addison Polesky returned home with matching gold medals.

Brandon won the 200m in 23.45 and was fourth in the 100m in 11.85. Keyshawn Johnson of Monroe Catholic edged him for third place by 1/100th of a second in 11.84 seconds.

Addison took first place in the triple jump, jumping 33-3.75, nearly a foot and a half past runner-up Robin Cronin of Seward.

Jeannie Cook of Monroe Catholic was the state champion in the 400 meters with a time of 1:02.32. She also took third place in the 200m in 28.06.

Monroe Catholic’s Nadia Chernich narrowly missed a medal on discus with a 95-7 shot; Third place went to Hailey Anderson of Seward with a 96-6 shot.

Chernich stalled his appearance at the state meet between his catcher duty with the Rams baseball team. After going 0 for 2 with a walk and an RBI in Thursday night’s 12-2 win over Hutchison, she flew to Anchorage to compete in the track meet. She was back at Newby Park on Friday night to go 0-1 with a walk in the Rams’ 12-5 loss to North Pole.

Hutchison’s Jillian Proell and Hannah Sampson were tied at three for fourth in the high jump at 4-foot-4. Sitka’s Ada Parker also cleared that height.


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