FAIRBANKS, AK-In the night session of the second day of the 52nd WEIO games spectators one athlete continue his career dominance in an event and another establishing the beginning of what could be a successful WEIO career at this year's games.
The night cap featured the men's and women's Alaskan High Kick finals. Jaclyn Weston did not compete this year and she was the defending champion in the event with an 81 inch kick. The runner up was Autumn Ridley. Ridley once again turned silver into gold.
Ridley was 2012 runner up in this event. She matched last year's winning mark with an 81 inch of her own which was two inches higher than her mark from last year. 81 inches is the current world record. Ridley, from Anchorage, even tried at a new world record at 82 inches coming just short on all three of her attempts.
Erica Meckel finished in second with 68 inches and Sharlane King was third with 67.
On the men's side Elijah Cabinboy continued his reign. He set the ball high for himself since he owns the world record of 96 inches. Tonight 92 inches would be enough to win the title over Caey Ferguson from Anchorage. Cabinboy, out of Nome, did try 94 inches but couldn't pull it off. David Thomas from Palmer finished third.
Prelims in Men's Blanket toss took place tonight and if it's any indication Saturday's final will be something to see.
10 athletes were slated to participate but one was scratched for not showing up to preliminaries. The defending champion David Thomas put on a show by landing a high back flip on his third and final toss. Forrest Strick out of Wasilla who was third last year showed nice form doing an in-between the legs dunking type motion as he landed his second toss.
Anchorage's Kyle Worl, Johnathan Hanson from Unalakleet and Charles Lampe, last year's runner up out of Kaktovik had solid tosses in their prelims and will look to push the two front runners. The finals will in the night session on Saturday.