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Siscar hurdles the field
by Derek Clarkston
May 09, 2014 | 64 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kodiak’s Ranie Siscar competes in the 100-meter hurdles during a home meet against Seward in April. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Kodiak’s Ranie Siscar competes in the 100-meter hurdles during a home meet against Seward in April. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Ranie Siscar’s main goal when she entered high school was to bulk up.

As a freshman, the 5-foot-2 Philippines native tipped the scale at 82 pounds.

Now, weeks away from graduating from Kodiak High School she checks in at 103 pounds.

“I’m surprised I even passed 100, that was my goal,” Siscar said.

With that goal achieved, she is now chasing another goal — running under 17 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles.

She nearly got to put a check mark in that goal box last week at the Palmer Invitational when she stopped the clock at 17.01 seconds.

Her performance passed Terri Wheeler’s 1985 time of 17.04 as the second fastest on the school’s all-time 100 hurdles record list. Siscar trails only Samantha Oliver’s 2011 time of 16.39.

She was shocked that she knocked nearly half a second off her personal-best time.

The race was restarted twice because the gun didn’t go off. It went off on the third attempt, which caught all the participants by surprise.

“All of us were like it is not going to go this time and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it went,”’ Siscar said. “I rushed my butt off to the finish line.”

The slight hesitation on the starting blocks possibly cost Siscar a chance of running a sub-17, however, she is not worried about that because she still has four more chances to achieve the milestone. Her first opportunity comes this weekend in Kodiak’s final home meet of the season against Anchorage Christian Schools.

“She has four more shots to do it,” Kodiak coach Marcus Dunbar said. “I would say her odds are better than not.”

Siscar picked up track as a seventh-grader and started doing the hurdles as a sophomore. During the winter she is a basketball cheerleader, which she says helps her clear the hurdle.

“If you want to do hurdles you have to get the form and you have to be flexible,” Siscar said. “It is kind of like doing a herkie (a cheerleading move) in the air.”

Siscar was the cheerleader that was tossed in the air during halftime performances.

“It is scary because sometimes I don’t know how high they are going to throw me,” she said.

The only thing scary about the hurdles is not clearing one.

“Sometimes you psyche yourself out; you don’t know what is going to happen,” she said. “After every hurdle, I’m just like, ‘It is over with and I got to get the next one.’”

Siscar, who has a 3.5 grade point average and wants to become a dental hygienist, has qualified for the state meet twice and is currently ranked seventh in the 100 hurdles out of all large-school competitors.

Born in the Philippines, she moved to Kodiak as a first-grader but was moved back a grade because she didn’t speak English.

Just like learning the hurdles, it didn’t take her long to pick up the language.

“I had to talk to people who did speak English so I got used to it,” she said.

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