Port Lions made a statement at its first Region II Track and Field Championships Saturday at Su Valley High School.
The Kings’ two girls — Raissa Boskofsky and Emma Nelson — tied Kenny Lake for fourth out of 11 teams.
The duo accounted for 40 points and only came eight points shy of placing in the top three.
Boskofsky romped to victory in both the 300 hurdles and the high jump.
She won the high jump with a mark of 5 feet, 0 inches. The only jumper left, Boskofsky moved the bar straight to 5-2, but barely missed equaling her personal-best jump from last week.
As the only competitor in the 300 hurdles, Boskofsky could have walked to victory. She finished in 52.45, well off her best time this season.
“She was a little bit surprised,” Port Lions coach Matt Neagley said. “She always likes to compete; she ran her race and has her eye on the state meet.”
Boskofsky is the two-time defending small schools state champion in the 300 hurdles and the high jump and will defend her titles when the state meet begins Friday in Fairbanks.
Nelson cruised to a runner-up finish in the 200 and placed third in the 100 and the triple jump.
“She is strong and running all out,” Neagley said. “She continues to be competitive; we are proud of her accomplishments.”
In the past, Port Lions competed at the Region III small schools meet, but changed regions this year.
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Region II Championships
1. Su Valley, 114; 2. Glenallen, 70; 3. Cook Inlet Academy, 48; 4. Port Lions, 40; 4. Kenny Lake, 40; 6. Ninilchik, 30; 6. Holy Family Academy, 30; 8. Birchwood, 28; 9. Holy Rosary Academy, 24; 10. Anderson, 9; 11. Tok, 4.
Port Lions results
100 — 3. Emma Nelson, 14.61. 200 — 2. Emma Nelson, 29.0. 300 hurdles — 1. Raissa Boskofsky, 52.45. High jump — Raissa Boskofsky, 5-00. Triple jump — 3. Emma Nelson, 26-08.5.