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Bursell, Sharp lead Bears in Anchorage

Juneau-Douglas girls set seven personal records, boys set six

Posted: April 18, 2011 - 9:28pm

Juneau-Douglas competed in last weekend’s inaugural Prosser/Whitmore Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Alaska Dome in Anchorage, finishing last on the boys’ side on next to last on the girls’ side.

But the Crimson Bears only took 18 kids, well below their average attendance for a meet. The boys’ team set six personal records over the weekend while the girls posted seven. Senior Zach Bursell posted a personal best in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:08.13, and his mark of 4:37.98 was nearly a PR in the 1,600. Bears coach Janette Gagnon said he was the athlete of the meet on the boys’ side, collecting the team’s lone point.

On the girls’ side it was senior Samantha Sharp bringing home the most points on the team. She very nearly set PRs in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with times of 17.02 and 50.84, respectively. Gagnon said she also achieved the milestone of taking only three steps between hurdles for half the 100-meter race, and was also a key component of both the girls’ relay teams.

Gagnon said she and the team are ready to head to Ketchikan for this weekend’s meet beginning April 22.

“We are looking forward to taking up to 33 athletes to Ketchikan this coming weekend. Some of our top athletes will be competing in their first meet of the season,” she said. “Results to look forward to are Andre Bunton in the triple jump, Jesse Miller in long jump, Emily Sharp in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, and Maya Rieselbach, Chris Holloway and Vinh Le in sprints.”

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