NYO athletes come home with three medals

Galena NYO athlete Derrick Black, a senior from Napakiak, is shown here participating in the Alaska High Kick competition. He won two medals at NYO. Thanks to Blaine Wesley Shillington for this photo.
Galena NYO athlete Derrick Black, a senior from Napakiak, is shown here participating in the Alaska High Kick competition. He won two medals at NYO. Thanks to Blaine Wesley Shillington for this photo.

By AARON MUNTER, staff writer

Galena’s Native Youth Olympics team arrived in Anchorage this weekend (April 17-18) with high hopes, and they weren’t disappointed.

The team finished the competition at the Alaska Airlines Center with three medals in the One-Foot High Kick, Seal Hop, and the One-Hand Reach.

Derrick Black, a senior from Napakiak, bettered his performance in last year’s NYO Seal-Hop competition by increasing his distance by 10 feet. His distance this year in the Seal Hop was 162 feet, 7 and one-half inches. He came in second.

Derrick also competed in the Toe Kick, placing fourth with a kick of 78 inches.

John Angaiak, a senior from Tununak, placed fifth in the One-Hand Reach with a reach of 62 inches.

The coaches for the NYO team are Joel and Ineke Wilkinson.