By ELISE GIORDANO & JEFF BRADY
After losing many of its runners, the Skagway School track team is seeing a year of rebuilding.
High school students Al Weber, Hailey Jensen, Kara Whitehead, Colton Belisle and Micah Cook make up this year’s varsity team.
At the Capital City Invitational meet last week, the high school team did not take any wins, making it the first time in six years that the team has not won the 1600 and 3200 meter races.
But Coach Kent Fielding said they will improve.
“It’s all relative,” he said, adding that many team members will probably beat their own personal records.
Skagway did see a double winner and some top finishers in the junior high meet in Juneau on May 7.
Eighth grader Danny Brady, the only male runner from Skagway, came from behind to kick past the field in the 1600-meter run. His winning time of 5 minutes, 30 seconds was ten seconds faster than the next runner.
Fielding said it was an “impressive and smart” performance.
Brady then followed up that performance with a win in the 400 in a time of 1:03.
The Skagway J-High girls also placed well, with several top finishes:
•Jessica Whitehead, second place in shot put (16 feet, 8 inches)
• Madison Cox, second place in the 200-meter race (34 seconds).
• Rebecca Hollander, second place in the 1600-meter race (6:28).
• Eliza Myers, third place in both the 200-meter race (35 seconds) and the 400 (1:28).
•Iraida Hisman, fifth place in the 200 (37.7 seconds).
The high school team will compete in regionals in Juneau May 22-23.