The track and field season is barely two meets old, but two local teams have seen a great beginning for 2011.
The Juneau-Douglas girls’ and the Thunder Mountain boys’ teams are both 2-0 after last weekend’s meet in Sitka and this weekend’s 2011 Ketchikan Invite.
The JDHS girls placed first in Ketchikan with 111.50 points, followed by the Kings’ 98, Thunder Mountain and Petersburg with 90 each in a tie for third, and Sitka in fifth with 85.50.
The Falcons rolled on the boys’ side with 138 points, followed by 123 for Sitka, 115 for JDHS, 70.50 for Ketchikan and 47.5 for Petersburg.
TMHS coach Scott May said the start bodes well for his second-year program.
“JDHS didn’t have their full squad at Sitka, but they were pretty much all there this weekend aside from one of their top guys, Jesse Miller,” he said. “But we were missing our top thrower in Tyrel Kramp, so it’s great that we did what we did minus a guy that gets us a lot of points. I think it was a pretty level playing field and the kids are really excited, as they should be.”
May said it was a tough choice but he listed senior Donald Stokes as Thunder Mountain’s boys’ MVP after he scored 21 points by setting a personal record in winning the 100-meter dash (11.59 seconds), finishing third in the long jump (19 feet, one inch), and anchoring the winning 4-x-200 (1 minute, 34.50 seconds) and 4-x-100 (45.22) relay teams, which are currently ranked first and second in the state, respectively.
Josh Jones led the Falcons with 25 points, followed by Alex Tracy’s 23 and Stokes’ 21.
JDHS coach Janette Gagnon was just as pleased with her girls’ performance, naming Marie Holden as the top performer after scoring 15 points, winning the 400 (1:06.80), anchoring the winning 4-x-100 relay team (1:57.13), and running the first leg of the winning 4-x-400 relay (4:37.41).
“They had some really tough races and really tough back-to-backs, so it was nice they were able to perform so well,” Gagnon said. “Marie’s determination is what pushed her through those races.”
Thunder Mountain currently owns the best 4-x-200 and second best 4-x-100 boys’ relay times in the state.
“The boys’ relays were great, with our 4-x-200 having the top time in the state so far by almost three seconds,” he said. “And now we’ve got Alex Tracy, whose long jump is ranked seventh in the state. He already was third in the state in the triple jump.
“And Khalil (English) is a freshman and he ran a 4:53 1,600-meter today, which is phenomenal,” he continued. “I’ve coached a lot of fantastic 1,600-meter runners over the years, and he’s right up there with the best of them as a freshman, which is really exciting. He really gave Zach Bursell (4:52.85) a great race.”
Next up is the Juneau Invitational at Thunder Mountain High School next weekend.
Local athletes or relay teams won 18 events. Check B2 for full scoring results from this weekend’s meet.