Unalakleet's Nick Hanson set a record in the men's toe kick finals Wednesday at the start of the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks, where kneel jump finals and Drop the Bomb preliminaries were also conducted.
Hanson reached 94 inches a year after tying the old record of 92 inches in an event that requires the participant to jump forward and kick a one-inch diameter stick backwards while keeping the toes of both feet together.
John Waska took second in the men's toe kick at 92 inches and Wasilla's Chris Warrior took third at 88 inches. The top three in the women's toe kick were all from Anchorage. Autumn Ridley won with 58 inches, Terry Johnson was second at 56 inches and Victoria Treder was third at 50 inches.
Amber Vaska recorded the top women's kneel jump at 55 inches, but will have to wait until Thursday to see if it will hold up for a win. Apaay Campbell, who holds the kneel jump world record at 55.25 inches, was late arriving Wednesday because of inclement weather and will be allowed to compete Thursday. When Campbell completes her turn, the women's kneel jump will be final.
Wasilla's Chris Warrior won't have to wait for his men's kneel jump title. He reached 59.25 inches in the event that requires a contestant to kneel on the floor at a line, feet flat on the floor with the bottoms up, and jump forward from a kneeling position as far as possible while landing on his feet and maintaining balance. Christian Paul of Kipnuk was runner-up at 59 inches, with Anchorage's Kyle Worl taking third at 57.75 inches.
10 a.m. -- Eskimo Stick Pull finals
Noon -- Alaskan High Kick preliminaries
1 p.m. -- Native Baby Contest
2 p.m. -- Greased Pole Walk
6 p.m. -- Dance performance
7:30 p.m. -- Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics
Thad Seethaler and Cindy Freistone claimed the men's and women's 10-kilometer titles, respectively, in the Anchorage Running Club's Masters 5-K and 10-K footraces for runners 40 and older in East Anchorage on Wednesday night.
Seethaler covered the 6.2 miles in 36 minutes, 44 seconds to top Chris Bennett by 36 seconds. Freistone clocked 46:04 for a 34-second win over Jenifer Kohout.
The races were for runners 40 and older.
In the 5-K, Heather Aften took the women's title, covering 3.1 miles in 23:34. Jon Williams won the men's 5-K division in 18:16.
Anchorage Running Club
Masters 5-K and 10-K
Men's 10-K -- 1) Thad Seethaler 36:44; 2) Chris Bennett 37:20; 3) Lloyd Raines 38:51; 4) Ted Eischeid 43:20; 5) Stan Flagel 43:46; 6) Bruce Davison 45:08; 7) David Rand 46:29; 8) Greg MacDonald 46:32; 9) Mike Mitchell 47:37; 10) Dan Montoya 47:46; 11) Daniel Willman 48:22; 12) Max Salazar 49:21; 13) Toby Widdicombe 50:20; 14) Michael Stahl 51:23; 15) Ric Wilson 55:22; 16) Keith Harvey 59:06.
Women's 10-K -- 1) Cindy Freistone 46:04; 2) Jenifer Kohout 46:38; 3) Cinthia Ritchie 50:53; 4) Janet Petersen 54:40; 5) Karissa Gries 59:04; 6) Julie Harvey 1:00:19; 7) DeAnne Rand 1:05:51; 8) Ayako McComb 1:07:01; 9) Sylvia Maiellaro 1:12:33.
Men's 5-K -- 1) Jon Williams 18:16; 2) Bob Davis 20:56; 3) Dan Baldwin 22:42; 4) Steven Teeter 24:51; 5) Tom Downey 25:28; 6) David Todd 26:22; 7) Rich Hull 32:46; 8) Charles Gorman 51:28.
Women's 5-K -- 1) Heather Aften 23:34; 2) Emily Becker 25:06; 3) Julie Michels 25:11; 4) Michelle Semerad 29:39; 5) Kim Baldwin 29:53; 6) Chantal Brooks 32:02; 7) Terri Thurston 32:25; 8) Suzanne Hull 33:20; 9) Terri Agee 33:46; 10) Teresa Hull 35:01; 11) Mary Mills 43:56; 12) Tami Wheeler 43:57; 13) Carrie Erickson 48:08; 14) Cheryl Gorman 54:03.
Eagle River Post 8 and Service Post 28 were the only Anchorage teams to earn American Legion Baseball victories Wednesday. Eagle River triumphed 10-2 over Dimond Post 21 and Service rolled to a 16-5 victory over West Post 1.
Wasilla Post 35, Juneau Post 25 and Kenai Post 20 also collected wins Wednesday. Wasilla forged a 4-1 win over South Post 4, Juneau blasted out a 13-10 win over Kenai and Kenai repaid Juneau with a 3-0 shutout.
Chugiak Post 33 picked up two American Legion Baseball victories over Service Post 28 on Tuesday at Oberg Field. The Mustangs doubled up the Cougars 4-2 in Game 1 and outslugged them 12-9 in game 2.
Chugiak's Chase Wilson recorded three singles in the first win. An RBI single from John Ives put Chugiak ahead 3-2 in the top of the third inning, and starter Zach Brueggemann pitched through four innings for the win in the seven-inning game.
A two-run triple from Kai Fugere highlighted a six-run Chugiak outburst in the second inning of the second win to give Chugiak a 7-0 lead. Service trimmed the lead to 7-5 through four innings, but the Mustangs plated five more runs over the next two innings to lead 12-5.
Ryan Caron ripped a two-run triple in the eighth inning for the Cougars, who scored three runs in the frame.