Kodiak Daily Mirror - Boskofsky ends career as state s best high jumper
  
Boskofsky ends career as state’s best high jumper
by Derek Clarkston / sports@kodiakdailymirror.com
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Raissa Boskofsky of Port Lions competes in the 1A/2A/3A girls high jump during the ASAA State High School Track and Field Championships Friday at Lathrop High School. Boskofsky won the event for the third year in a row. (Eric Engman/News-Miner photo)
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For someone who thought she would never win a state title, Port Lions’ Raissa Boskofsky certainly proved herself wrong.

The senior jumped past the 1/2/3A field to win her third consecutive high jump title Friday at the state track and field championships at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks.

She graduates from Port Lions as a seven-time state champion — five in track and two in basketball.

“I never even thought I would win one coming into high school,” Boskofsky said. “I never thought I would be good enough.”

Boskofsky not only won the high jump, she set a small-school state record at 5 feet, 2 inches. She also jumped one inch higher than this year’s large-school champion Megan Drange of West Valley.

“Honestly, I didn’t go in that day aiming for a state title, I kind of figured I would get that, but I just told myself I wanted to clear 5-2,” Boskofsky said.

“Turns out, I managed to beat all the 1/2/3A girls and all the 4A girls and set a record, so my day was made.”

Boskofsky wasn’t as lucky on Saturday in the 300-meter hurdles. She stumbled over the third-to-last hurdle and finished fourth in her effort to claim her third straight 300 hurdle title with a time of 49.18. Sarah Geagel of ACS won in 47.98. Still, Boskofsky leaves as the 300 hurdle state record-holder with a time of 47.18, set last year.

“She has done something that is incredible,” Port Lions coach Matt Neagley said. “To be in her two events, where she does not have the facilities to practice those events properly, but to still be able to compete and to be so stellar is a testament to her commitment.”

Since Port Lions does not have a track, Boskofsky sets up hurdles on the village’s airstrip and the only time she gets to high jump is during competition.

She credited Kodiak coach Marcus Dunbar for helping her transform into a multiple state champion.

“I definitely have to say a big thanks to the Kodiak team,” Boskofsky said. “I will not be where I am at without them.”

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