NYO athletes head to state meet this week
Mini-meet in Valdez Saturday before best of best head to Anchorage
On Saturday April 11, the Valdez Native Youth Olympics teams competed at its annual mini meet to qualify for the state competition.
The Valdez High School had eight competitors. Senior Nick Devens won many events including an 88 inch jump in the One Foot High Kick and hit the 80 inch mark in the Alaskan High Kick.
"It was a lot of fun. Everyone that showed up did their best; a lot of kids helping each other out. All and all, it was good day for NYO," Devens said.
Senior Tarron McIntyre won the Wrist Carry at 58 feet and the Eskimo Stick Pull.
Danny Letendre, a junior, set a school record in the One Hand Reach with a mark of 58 inches.
"I just tried the best that I could. I didn't know what the school record was so that kind of played into the mentality going into the event," he said.
On the women's side, freshman Chevon Oxford won many events including the Eskimo Stick Pull, One Hand Reach, Alaska High Kick, Seal Hop, and Indian Stick Pull.
Gilson Middle School had 15 competitors in the competition. Sophia Palomar and Caitlin Mond battled in many events. Palomar won the Wrist Carry, Two Foot High Kick, One Foot High Kick, and the Seal Hop. Mond will represent the team in the Alaskan High Kick, Kneel Jump, and One hand reach.
"I think it was good because I actually did better than I thought I would. The pressure helped me perform," Palomar said.
Photo courtesy Robert Houston
Tarron McIntyre wins the wrist carry as Nick Devens and Evan Alexander bear the load.
Allexia Franklin won the Eskimo Stick Pull, and Lexie Henderson took first place in the Indian Stick Pull.
On the boy's side, Dakota Brown won both the Two Foot High Kick and the One Foot High Kick, which hit the mark of 84 inches.
Ricky Colapietro won the Eskimo Stick Pull, while Randy Boone won the Indian Stick Pull. Austin Williams was victorious in the Seal Hop while Isaac Clubb won the Alaskan High Kick.
Austin Crawford, and Storm Rohrer won two events each. Crawford capitalized in the Kneel Jump and Toe Kick. Rohrer held on in the Wrist Carry for over 108 feet and stretched to victory in the One Hand Reach.
The team will head to Anchorage on Wednesday to compete at the state meet. Competition will start on Thursday and continue through Saturday at The Alaskan Airline Center.