Port Lions’ Raissa Boskofsky is looking to add even more hardware to her already overcrowded trophy case when the 1/2/3A state track and field championships begin today in Fairbanks.
Boskofsky is the two-time defending champion in both the 300 hurdles and the high jump and is the odds-on favorite to cash in again.
“I want to 3-peat,” said Boskofsky earlier this season. “I want it so bad.”
If the senior does, she will have accumulated eight state titles during her four years at Port Lions. She has won four in track and field and was a member of both Port Lions’ 1A state winning basketball teams.
Only Kodiak High’s Kristi (Klinnert) Waythomas has won eight titles. She won four in cross country and three in track during the 1980s.
Boskofsky’s track success is amazing, considering Port Lions doesn’t have a track or high jump. It was just last year that the school acquired a full set of hurdles. Before that, she was only practicing with three.
The only time she gets to high jump is during competition. Even with no practice, she is leading the state — both small and large schools — with a mark of 5 feet, 2 inches.
“I mentally practice,” Boskofsky said. “I just figure out how I am going to run my J (approach) and just try to get it through me head every time.”
She can only dream of how high she could jump if she could practice.
“That would be awesome if I could get 5-6,” she said. “I don’t have a form; I am just jumping with pure broad athleticism.”
Boskofsky will be challenged in the 300 hurdles by ACS’ Sarah Geagel, who has the top small-school time at 48.68. Boskofsky checks in at 49.32. She qualified for state with a 52.45, but that was done at the Region II meet in a race by herself.
“She will come in with a lower seed, but she will by psyched up,” Dunbar said.
Dunbar said we haven’t seen the best from Boskofsky yet.
“I hope she decides to go compete in college,” he said. “She will continue to improve. I don’t think she has even come close to what her maximum potential is.”
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