John Miller of Barrow is just shy of making contact with the ball set at 115 inches in the one-foot high kick at the Native Youth Olympics on Saturday. Miller took first in the event, connecting at 112 inches. He then asked the ball to be raised 3 inches to attempt to set an NYO record. He currently owns the record at 114 inches. He said his goal was to achieve and beat the world record at 116 inches.
Gerald Tikiun of the Lower Yukon School District strains as he competes his way to the finals of the foot pull, where he placed second to Adam DuVall of the Northwest Arctic Borough School District at the Native Youth Olympics Saturday morning at Sullivan Arena.
John Miller hollers after failing to connect with the ball at 115 inches on his last attempt Saturday at the Native Youth Olympics at Sullivan Arena. Had he hit the ball, he would have beat his own NYO record.
Former Native Youth Olympics Alaskan High Kick record holder David Thomas, 18, of Palmer placed second Thursday with a personal best leap of 89 inches. Billy Bodfish, 18, of Wainwright won the event with a 90-inch kick at the NYO's new home at the Sullivan Arena.
Billy Bodfish of Wainwright reaches for the ball at the conclusion of competition in the one hand reach at Native Youth Olympics Friday at the Sullivan Arena. Bodfish took first place in the event, tying a NYO record at 65 inches, a height he also achieved last year. He couldn't connect at 66 inches during competition, nor on another attempt afterward.