Ealum, Elliott shine on Kodiak track

Anchorage Christian's Tanner Ealum and West High's Leroy Elliott earned athlete-of-the-meet honors at the Brian Young Invitational, an all-star postscript to the high school track and field meet last weekend in Kodiak.

Ealum, who had swept the 100, 200 and 400 at the Class 1-2-3A state track and field championships a week earlier, took two out of three races in head-to-head competition against Colony's Peggy Mathis, who swept the same races at the Class 4A meet for bigger schools.

Ealum decisively won the 100 and the 400 at the two-day meet in Kodiak. She won the 100 in 12.62 seconds for a .27-second edge over Mathis and dominated the 400 in 57.0, 2.75 seconds faster than Mathis.

Mathis took the 200 in 25.62, beating Ealum's 25.72. Mathis also won the long jump by a healthy margin to join Ealum as a double winner.

Claiming three individual girls victories was Thunder Mountain's Naomi Welling, who won the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and triple jump.

Elliott, who wrapped up a great career at West this school year by claiming state titles in track, wrestling and football, won both hurdle races and the triple jump to emerge as the only triple winner among boys.

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