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Peninsula takes 6 titles on 1st day of state track

Most of the finals at the Division I and II state track and field meet will be today, but the Kenai Peninsula already wrapped up six state titles at Friday’s opening day at Dimond High School in Anchorage.

At the Division I level, Soldotna’s Dylan Dahlgren won the discus and Soldotna’s Adarra Hagelund won the high jump.

At the Division II level, Homer’s Izzy Fisk won the shot put, Nikolaevsk’s Justin Trail won the high jump, Nikiski’s Rylee Ellis won the long jump and Homer’s Caleb Evans won the long jump.

Dahlgren came into Friday with the longest toss in the discus by a wide margin. He ended up winning the state title by a wide margin.

He threw 160 feet, 9 inches, while Keegan Laughlin of Lathrop was the runner-up at 142—9. Dahlgren’s PR in the discus is 162—11.

Hagelund won the high jump with a leap of 5—1. The jump is a new PR for her. SoHi’s Katelyn Morrison tied for sixth in the event at 4—10.

Fisk popped a new personal record of 33—4.25 to win the shot put in an event dominated by peninsula throwers.

Kenai’s Denali Bernard was second at 32—0, Kenai’s Emma Beck was third at 31—9.5 and Seward’s Hailey Anderson was fourth at 30—10.5.

Trail won the high jump with a personal record of 6—0. He also was fifth in the long jump at 18—9. Also in the high jump, Homer’s Ryan Carroll was third at 5—8 and Seward’s Tommy Cronin was fifth at 5—8.

Ellis won the long jump at 15—9. She set her PR at 15—10.75 on April 30 at the SoHi Invitational, and was off the mark until returning to form for state.

Kenai’s Malena Grieme was third at 15—3.25 and Kenai’s Emilee Wilson was fourth at 15—.25.

Evans won the long jump with a new personal record at 19—11. Cronin was second at 19—2.25 and Kenai’s Tyler Hippchen was fourth at 19—.25.

In the Division II 3,200 races, a couple of Kenai Peninsula runners came up just short.

In the boys race, Grace Christian’s David Sliwinski won at 9 minutes, 38.85 seconds, while Homer’s Seamus McDonough was second at 9:39.34.

In the girls race, Clare Mullin of Sitka won at 11:50.17, while Seward’s Hailey Ingalls was next at 12:03.60.

In the discus, Kenai’s John Wright was fourth at 137—0 and Cook Inlet Academy’s Grizzly Beard was fifth at 130—10.

Homer’s Brightly Thoning tied for fourth in the high jump at 4—4.

Today, field events begin at 9 a.m. at Dimond and running finals are at 10:30 a.m.

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