NYO day one filled with love and laughter

Published: Apr. 26, 2019 at 10:45 AM AKDT
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2019 Native Youth Olympics kicked off with a wonderful fanfare, as more than 450 athletes filled the Alaska Airlines Arena to compete in games that hold onto history and heritage of the Alaskan native peoples.

The kneel jump is up first, and Mte. Edgecumbe took that event by storm, Regan Hoblet took first place with a jump of 47 and 3/4 inches. Her teammate, Murphy Charles, takes the win for for the boys with a jump of 59 inches.

In the wrist carry, it was the team of Anchorage Team A and Lorraine Gregory who took first first for the girls. They traveled 337 feet and 5 inches. For the boys, it was Jerome Molina of Unalaska, traveling 511 feet and 2 inches to take the win.

The final event of day one, the Alaskan High Kick took place at the end of the day. Winning for the girls is Kaeli Amik from Lower Kuskokwim School District, with a jump of 72 inches.

For the boys, the title belongs to John Villeua from Unalaska, with a jump of 89 inches.

Competition continues Friday and Saturday.