Dunbar optimistic about getting on track

Kip Thomet uses a demolition hammer to break up ice covering Joe Floyd Track and Field Wednesday afternoon. (Derek Clarkston photo)

Despite Joe Floyd Track and Field resembling the Bering Sea during the heart of crab fishing season, Kodiak coach Marcus Dunbar is optimistic about getting on the track Friday.

Judging by the look of the track on Wednesday, it is a long way from being completely ready.

Icebergs floated through six inches of standing water on the backstretch, while the Kodiak Middle School track team did their best to clear the slush.

“Just a variety of different kids have spent time down there and volunteers from around the community,” Dunbar said.

The efforts have resulted in two clear lanes on the front straightway, and Dunbar hopes for two clear lanes around the entire track by the start of Friday’s Blue/Gold Meet and the Invincible Pentathlon.

“We are working diligently to get Lanes 5 and 6 cleared around the track so we can run,” Dunbar said. “We will have to pump some water out, but we can pull off the meet just in two lanes.

“I’m optimistic right now. We are making progress each day. Progress is getting faster each day with this warm weather.”

The high jump portion of the meet is 5 p.m. today in the KMS gym.

Friday’s events begin at 2:30 p.m. at the middle school with the shot put and the standing triple jump.

Outside events start at 4 p.m. and will conclude at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Senior Jordan Fogle has won the past two boys pentathlon titles, while the girls will crown a new champion with last year’s champion Jaymi Bethea now running for the University of Alaska Anchorage. Kodiak’s official season begins April 6 when it hosts Palmer in a dual meet.

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiak

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