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Soaring performance puts Chugiak high jumper in state record book

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: May 26, 2018
  • Published May 26, 2018

Emma Nelson soared into the state record book Friday at the state track and field championships in Palmer.

Nelson, a Chugiak senior who will head to Oregon State next fall, cleared 5 feet, 9 inches in the high jump to crush the previous record.

She cleared the height on her second attempt to erase the record of 5-6.5 set in 2016 by Wasilla's Ceil Dunleavy.

Later in the day, Nelson won another state championship with a leap of 37-9 in the triple jump. She'll go for a third title Saturday when she competes in the long jump.

Nelson was among seven athletes who won Division I championships on the first day of competition at Machetanz Field.

In the day's only final on the track, Chugiak's Daniel Bausch and West Valley's Kendall Kramer took the 3,200 titles.

Bausch ran a personal-best time of 9 minutes, 29.46 seconds to win the boys race by a comfortable 20-second margin over West's Everett Cason (9:50.77). Kramer clocked 10:44.73 to edge Juneau's Sadie Tuckwood by 1.26 seconds.

Terrell Johnson of West Valley clears the bar en route to a second-place finish in the high jump. (Marc Lester / ADN)

Patrick McMahon of Colony and Terrell Johnson of West Valley both cleared 6-0 in the high jump, but the victory went to McMahon, a freshman who had fewer misses. Chateau Reed of Lathrop won the boys triple jump with an effort of 45-9.25.

The boys shot put title went to Bartlett's Thomas Sio (51-9.25), and Soldotna's Emily Pieh won the girls discus (129-6).

While Nelson's state record was the story of the day, the Division II competition for smaller schools produced a memorable race.

Galena's Jacob Moos outdueled ACS's Blake Bennett by about seventh-tenths of a second in the boys 3,200. Both posted times that were faster than Bausch's time in the Division I race — Moos finished in 9:28.59; Bennett finished in 9:29.30.

Ruby Lindquist of Seward won the girls 3,200 in 11:24.19.

West Valley’s Kendall Kramer carries the Alaska flag after winning the girls 3200-meter finals Friday at Palmer. (Marc Lester / ADN)

In the high jump, Garrison Lass of Sitka and Isaac Taylor of Petersburg both matched the winning Division I height of 6-0, with Lass winning the championship based on misses. Maya Mossanen of Su Valley took the girls victory with a jump of 5-1.

Claiming triple jump titles were Nikiski's Aaron McCollum (41-1) and Eielson's Riley Hughes (32-4.5).

Matthew Tua'au of Gustavus claimed the boys shot put with a toss of 49-6.75, and Anna Brock of Homer took the discus title with a throw of 115-10.

Saturday's action starts at 10:30 a.m. For a complete schedule, visit For complete results, visit

Jacob Moos of Galena catches his breath after winning the Division II boys 3,200 meters. (Marc Lester / ADN)

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