A Barrow athlete competes in the two-foot high kick event during the 2017 Native Youth Olympics state meet this past weekend at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. All three of Barrow's NYO athletes placed in the top six in their respective events. - Sam Towarak

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Utqiagvik's Talaiasi grabs gold at Native Youth Olympics

May 4th, 2017 | Tommy Wells, The Arctic Sounder Print this article   Email this article  

Barrow didn't send a large team to the 2017 Native Youth Olympics state meet this past weekend. But the team they did send certainly made a huge impact.

All three of Barrow's NYO athletes managed to place in the top six in their respective events during the meet, which was held April 27-29 at the Alaska Airlines Center. In all, more than 2,000 athletes from throughout the state participated in the event.

Oneahi Talaiasi highlighted Barrow's outing by claiming gold in the Eskimo Stick Pull competition. In the event, Talaiasi outdueled Mount Edgecumbe's Haley Osborne for the top spot. Unalaska's Matt Fauasua was third.

Crystalynn Tua'i also garnered a medal in the meet. The Barrow High School standout finished third in the girls' Scissors Broad Jump standings. In the event, she notched a jump of 27-6 and finished less than 3 feet off behind Mat-Su's Madeline Ko, who won the event with a world record of 30-1. Unalaska's Kaye Gumera was second at 29-4.

Barrow freshman Milya Wright was fifth in the 1-Foot High Kick standings.

Noatak's Miya Page was the most decorated athlete from the region. Competing for the Kotzebue team, she garnered a bronze medal with a third-place finish in the Indian Stick Pull and a fifth-place mark in the Eskimo Stick Pull.


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