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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2012 11:22 pm | Updated: 1:51 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — West Valley freshman Joaquin Martinez won the boys’ discus while Lathrop’s Dahnina Matautia swept the girls’ throwing events in Saturday’s Mini-Meet track and field competition at North Pole High School.

Martinez recorded a distance of 92 feet, 4 inches in the event in North Pole’s covered outdoor hockey rink. The throwing fields at North Pole still had snow and water from melted snow.

West Valley teammate Roddy West placed second at 84-2 and Lathrop’s Cole Foster finished third at 81-8.

Matautia won among the girls with a distance of 81-3. It was shorter than the mark of 86-9 which placed third in the season-opening Mini-Meet on April 7 at North Pole.

Lathrop teammates Vevahnei Matautia and Emily Caudle placed second and third, respectively, at 72-4 and 66-8.

Saturday’s meet featured only discus and shot put, also in the covered hockey rink, and high jump in the Patriots gymnasium. Running events were canceled because of late-winter conditions.

Foster posted the top effort in the boys shot put with a heave of 37-9. West Valley’s Nick Fisher took second at 33-6 and North Pole’s Tim Belman placed third at 31-7.

Dahnina Matautia launched a throw of 31-4 to win the girls shot put. Vevahnei Mautautia was runner-up at 27-8 and Malemutes teammate Mary Gouldsley placed third at 23-7.

Lathrop sophomore Nadajziah Varner claimed the girls high jump victory with an attempt of 3 feet, 10 inches. Freshman teammate Saintia Wright cleared the same height but took second because she needed more attempts at the height than Varner did.

Lathrop freshman Cya Tookes placed third at 3-9.

North Pole’s Austin McCoy paced a field of nine boys jumpers with a height of 5-4. Patriots teammate Sidney Collier and Lathrop’s Devin Milligan each cleared 4-10, but Collier gained second place because of fewer attempts. Collier cleared the bar on his first attempt while Milligan cleared on his third and final try.

The first all-schools meet of the season is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at West Valley.

Friday’s lineup features field events and the 3,200-meter run, and the competition is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday’s action, consisting of other running and field events, is slated for 11 a.m.

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