Kodiak will receive a challenge in its final tune-up for the Region III Track and Field Championships.

The Bears host small-school power Anchorage Christian Schools today and Saturday in a dual meet at Joe Floyd Track and Field.

The Lions’ boys are the defending small school state champions, while the Bears’ boys are the defending large-school state champions.

Last week at the Palmer Invitational, ACS got the best of Kodiak by finishing first, while the Bears were second.

“We do not want them coming to beat us on our home track,” Kodiak coach Marcus Dunbar said.

Dunbar said the boys 1,600-meter relay will be exciting to watch. Kodiak topped ACS in that event in a mini-meet last Thursday at Bartlett, while ACS beat the Bears at the Palmer Invitational and Relays.

ACS’s time of 3 minutes, 37.72 seconds is ranked third in the state, while Kodiak’s time of 3:38.30 is ranked fourth.

On the girls’ side, Dunbar said the jumping events will be closely contested as should the team title.

“Both teams matchup pretty good,” Dunbar said. “They are an all-around team without any big super stars.”

Today’s meet starts at 3:30 p.m. with field events, 5 p.m. for running events.

Saturday’s meet starts at noon with field events, 1:30 p.m. for running events.

This is Kodiak’s final regular-season meet before gearing up for the Region III Championships on May 17.

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.

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