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East’s Colton Herman blazes to state record in 100 meters; Dimond’s Alissa Pili collects another shot put title

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: May 24
  • Published May 24


Division II girls clear their first hurdle in the 100-meter hurdles race Friday at the ASAA/First National Bank track and field championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)


East High’s Colton Herman broke the state record in the 100 meters and Dimond High’s Alissa Pili captured her fourth straight state title in the shot put Friday at the state track and field championships in Palmer.

Herman clocked a time of 10.86 seconds in the preliminaries to erase the record of 10.9 set in 1995 by Joel Knight of Soldotna. The time wasn’t Herman’s personal best – he ran 10.79 at last week’s Cook Inlet Conference championships — but he’ll get a chance to lower the state record again in Saturday’s finals at Machetanz Field.

Pili added to her impressive total of state championships — she has 12 in four sports — by winning the shot put with a throw of 42 feet, 9.25 inches. Pili has won four volleyball championships, two basketball championships, four shot put championships, one discus championship and one wrestling championship in her epic four-year career with the Lynx. She’ll go for a 13th state title Saturday when she compete in the discus.

Chugiak's Daniel Bausch leads the pack in the 3,200. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Also enjoying a big day Friday was West Valley’s Terrell Johnson, a double winner who topped the high jump (6 feet, 3 inches) and the long jump (21-3.5). His winning leap in the long jump gave him a 1.25-inch edge over second-place Herman (21-2.75).

Action continues Saturday at Machetanz Field, with field events beginning at 9 a.m. and track finals beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Friday’s winners

Division I boys

3,200 – Daniel Bausch, Chugiak, 9:21.78.

Discus – Thomas Sio, Bartlett, 163-8.

High jump – Terrell Johnson, West Valley, 6-3.

Long jump – Terrell Johnson, West Valley, 21-3.5.

Division I girls

3,200 – Kendall Kramer, West Valley, 10:27.18.

Shot put – Alissa Pili, Dimond, 42-9.25.

High jump – Khadijah Morgan, East, 5-3.

Long jump – Jocelyn Chanonto, Service, 16-8.25.

Division II boys

3,200 – Tristian Merchant, Anchorage Christian, 9:31:76.

Discus – James Coulombe, Grace Christian, 156-0.

High jump – Kyler LaBonte, Valdez, 5-10.

Long jump – William Parks, ACS, 20-2.25.

Division II girls

3,200 – Jaycie Calvert, Kenai, 11:26.27.

Shot put – Anna Brock, Homer, 36-7.25.

High jump – Maya Mossanen, Su Valley, 5-0.

Long jump – Laura Ellis, Grace, 17-3.5.

Chugiak's Kenny Huffer throws the discus. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

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