Kodiak’s Hallee Blair ended a remarkable junior campaign with a record-breaking performance at the Brian Young Invitational.
Blair lowered her 100-meter hurdles school record with a winning time of 15.76 seconds over the weekend at West Anchorage High School. Her previous record was 15.98, set at the Region III Championships on May 18.
Blair also won the 300 hurdles with a time of 47.09.
“Hallee’s hurdle race was so smooth and relaxed,” Kodiak coach Ashley Mortenson said. “The low-key race environment definitely worked in her favor ... she has made some great gains this season; it’s exciting to know she’s got another year.”
A week ago at the Division I State Championships, Blair lowered her 300 hurdles school record to 45.96.
Senior thrower Ahlissa Timu snagged a gold medal in the girls shot put with a toss of 38 feet, 6.5 inches.
The win capped a brilliant career for Timu, who set the school record in the shot put earlier this season with a mark of 40-5. Timu, who also placed fifth in the discus (109-00), signed a National Letter of Intent to throw for Lane Community College in Oregon next spring.
“It was fun to see Ahlissa win in the shot put, an event in which she’s seen some great gains this season with her record-breaking performance last month,” Mortenson said.
Senior Hannah Villaroya was third in the 300 hurdles (48.56) and eighth in the 100 hurdles (17.67).
Ashleigh Nicholson was seventh in the 400 (1:04.46).
In the boys field, senior thrower Yasuhiro Yamashita was third in the shot put (47-10.25) and fifth in the discus (127-03).
Senior Jastine Asuncion placed third in the long jump (19-07), sophomore Connor Marbrey was ninth in the 800 (2:05.09) and senior Micah Bartel was 10th in the 100 (11.74).
The Brian Young Invite — an all-star meet that lets Division I athletes compete against Division II athletes — was created by longtime Kodiak coach Marcus Dunbar in 2013 to honor Brian Young, an avid Kodiak High School sports enthusiast who died in 2013 while climbing Denali.
This was the first time the meet was not held in Kodiak.
East Anchorage’s Colton Herman turned in the most impressive performance during the two-day meet.
The senior clocked a personal-best 100-meter run time of 10.76, the fastest ever run by an Alaska high schooler.
West Valley senior Camron Herron became the second-fastest Alaska high schooler in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.64. He trails only his dad, Doug Herron, on the list. The elder ran a time of 1:49.2 in 1985.
Hermon and Delta’s Hailey Williams were voted the athletes of the meet.
Williams, last year’s athlete of the meet, ran a 24.78 time in the 200, the second-fastest by an Alaska girl.
Brian Young Invitational
at West Anchorage High School
100-meter run — 10. Micah Bartel, 11.74 seconds.
800 — 9. Connor Marbrey, 2:05.09.
Shot put — 3. Yasuhiro Yamashita, 47 feet, 10.25 inches.
Discus — 5. Yasuhiro Yamashita, 127-03.
Long jump — 3. Jastine Asuncion, 19-07.
400 — 7. Ashleigh Nicholson, 1:04.46.
100 hurdles — 1. Hallee Blair, 15.76; 8. Hannah Villaroya, 17.67.
300 hurdles — 1. Hallee Blair, 47.09; 3. Hannah Villaroya, 48.56.
Shot put — 1. Ahlissa Timu, 38-06.5.
Discus — 5. Ahlissa Timu, 109-00.