Unalakleet Teens Reach New Heights at NYO

Wrist-carry competitors race at the 2018 BSSD NYO tournament in St. Michael, Alaska.

Two Bering Strait School District students were the highest-scoring athletes in the 2018 statewide Native Youth Olympics.

Over the weekend (Apr 26-28), Allie and Arctic Ivanoff of Unalakleet placed in the top 5 places nine times over six separate events during the games held at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

According to unofficial event results, both Ivanoffs placed first in the One-foot High Kick. Allie kicked at a height of 91 inches, one inch higher than her regional score at the BSSD regional games last weekend. Arctic kicked at a height of 106 inches, two inches higher than his regional score. Emily Pomerenke of Nome took third in the One-foot High Kick, reaching 86 inches on three attempts.

Allie placed first in the Scissor Broad Jump and Two-foot High Kick and second in the Kneel Jump. Emily Pomerenke of Nome proved to be a close competitor for Allie in the Kneel Jump and Scissor Broad Jump, as Emily placed fifth and second in those events, respectively. Arctic Ivanoff placed second in the Scissor Broad Jump, and fourth in the One-Hand Reach and Two-foot High Kick.

Along with the designation of best overall competitors in the 2018 NYO games, Allie and Arctic were also both the recipients of the sportsmanship award.

Other top placing contenders included fellow BSSD competitors Alvin Washington of St. Michael and Celeste Katcheak of Stebbins. Washington placed third in the boys’ seal hop, and Katcheak placed fifth in the girls’ seal hop.

Full results from the statewide NYO competition can be found here.

Photo at top: file photo: Wrist-carry competitors race at the 2018 BSSD NYO tournament in St. Michael, Alaska. Photo: Karen Trop/KNOM.