Ethan Goebel shatters Skagway record for 3200-meter race

At the Region V Track and Field Championship on May 19-20, Skagway students hit the competition hard and placed well – with three athletes qualifying for the state competitions on May 26-27.

“Overall I was fairly impressed,” track coach Kent Fielding said. “It was a good meet.”

Ethan Goebel and Danny Brady qualified for state in the 800-meter, 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs, with Goebel sweeping first place in all three races. Jennifer Hansen qualified in the 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash and the high jump.

“It was the first time we’ve had a high jumper since the 80s,” Fielding said. “She qualified for state, so I think that’s a great story.”

Kara Whitehead, the team’s thrower, also qualified as an alternate for state in the shot put. At the Juneau meet, Whitehead threw a 22’ 2.50, landing her in 9th at the meet, and earning her a spot at the state competition.

Brady stole second place in the 1600, an upset even his own teammate didn’t see coming.

Goebel said he felt someone running at his heels, but didn’t know who it was until he glanced over his shoulder.

“In the invitation two weeks ago, I was only four seconds behind Collin [Baciocco] from Sitka, so I kind of wanted to beat him because I was in third at that race,” Brady said. “So I wanted to beat him to get second.”

Brady ran the 1600 race in 4:48.96, a personal record for the sophomore.
Goebel said he didn’t know what to expect from his 3200 time, but ended up setting a Skagway record in that race with a time of 9:51.80, beating the old school record of 9:57, according to Fielding.

“I was happy with the two-mile,” Goebel said.

While his trifecta of wins was a repeat of stellar performances at the last track meets in Juneau and Sitka, Goebel got another bit of déjà vu in the form of the Athlete of the Meet Award. Goebel had won the Athlete of the Meet Award as a freshman, winning first in the 800, 3200 and second in the 4x800 his freshman year.
Goebel won the award again at the May 19-20 regionals, and both the boys and girls teams for Skagway ranked third overall, out a field of seven competing teams. Everyone on the team medaled in at least one event, according to Fielding. Skagway’s girls team roster was bolstered by Sahara Kilic at the Juneau meet. Fielding said Kilic had joined late, and ran the 300 hurdles in a meet for the first time at Juneau.
In preparing for state, Fielding said the distance runners won’t be doing anything extreme. Those athletes will be tapering. Hansen will be looking at doing more hurdle work and form control. At press time, it was unknown if the relay teams had qualified for state.

Full finals results from Juneau are below:

Girls

100 meters

3. Jennifer Hansen • 13.63

200 meters

4. Jennifer Hansen • 29.99

1600 meters

7. Eliza Myers • 7:15.05

100-meter hurdles

6. Jennifer Hansen • 18.67

300-meter hurdles

7. Madison Cox • 1:07.93

8. Eliza Myers • 1:09.92

4x400 relay

3. Madison Cox, Sahara Kilic,

Kara Whitehead, Eliza Myers

• 5:36.62

Shot put

9. Kara Whitehead • 22’ 2.5

Discus

10. Kara Whitehead • 51’ 4

High jump

4. Jennifer Hansen • 4’ 4

Long jump

12. Eliza Myers • 10’ 1

Triple jump

8. Madison Cox • 26’ 7.75

Boys

200 meters

3. Colton Belisle • 25.93

800 meters

1. Ethan Goebel • 2:04.30

3. Danny Brady • 2:08.92

1600 meters

1. Ethan Goebel • 4:48.14

2. Danny Brady • 4:48.96

9. Wyatt Belisle • 5:29.22

3200 meters

1. Ethan Goebel • 9:51.80

5. Danny Brady • 10:32.15

10. Micah Cook • 12:29.31

4x400 relay

2. Danny Brady, Colton Belsile,

Steaven McKnight, Ethan Goebel

• 4:02.41

4x800 relay

3. Wyatt Belisle, Colton Belisle,

Micah Cook, Steaven McKnight

• 10:23.26