Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain high schools are keeping an eye on each other as their roster of talents continue to battle for top times and team standings on the track and field circuit including a Crimson Bears’ girls team win in Ketchikan this weekend and a Falcons’ boys team title.
The JDHS girls scored 111 points, TMHS had 81, Petersburg 58, Kayhi 47 and Sitka 39. The Falcons boys won with 96 points, the Crimson Bears had 85, Kayhi 82, Sitka 40 and Petersburg 39.
“We have depth in the boys team this year,” TMHS coach Scott May said. “And a strong team unity and cohesion. It is a great team spirit this year. They are very supportive of each other.”
Added JDHS coach Janette Gagnon, “It was really nice, very competitive. There were a lot of really close races, which kept everyone feeling really good about the whole meet. Our girls side showed a lot more depth than our boys, our girls had fewer top place finishes but more depth.”
The Falcons traveled with a record number 38 athletes and three coaches, including 28 boys who kept their undefeated regular season meet record in tact over two seasons. The Falcons’ girls averaged 8.1 points per athlete and their second place finish is the highest place a TMHS Girls team has ever placed in an Invitational.
Crimson Bears’ senior Jesse Miller had a perfect meet, winning the 100, 200, and 400-meter sprints and the long jump and accounting for 32 team points.
“That was amazing,” JDHS coach Janette Gagnon said. “And it was a really strong field of competition. That was one of the nice things about this weekend, a lot of the races were really close.”
JDHS set 27 personal records: 3200 – Ian Andrews and Luc Browning; 1600 – Shadd Rudick, Andrews, Johnny Elliott, Ryan Harvey, Leah Liebelt; 800 – Malik Brown, Elliott; 400 – Pelle Arthur, Brown, Jestoni Feliciano; 200 – Jaden Sierra; 100 – Jean Cumlat, Warren Eckland, Kacey Jackson, Gina Kim, Jade Pilcher, Sierra; Shotput – Rolanda Scaife, Lianne Fenumiai, Lauren Shanley, Eckland; Discus – Pilcher, Lauren Shanley, Deborah Cordero, Casandra Partin.
In the boys 3200 and 1600-meter runs, a region title battle is in the works between JD senior David Francis and TM sophomore Khalil English. Francis led the entire 3200-meters and held off a charge from English at the end. English led the 1600-meters until the last stretch where Francis passed him to win by 1 tenth of a second.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing in the mile,” Gagnon said. “The top ten runners for at least the first two laps were within a hundred meters of each other, if not tighter. It was just amazing to watch. They were all so close together. This is setting everyone up for a really good season.”
The Falcons’ English was the TMHS coaches pick for boy’s Athlete Of The meet, and earned 13 team points and broke school records in the 3200, 1600 and was a member of the school record breaking 4 x 400 meter relay, where he clocked the fastest split time.
The girl’s side featured the same race battle between Falcons freshman Maddie Hall and Crimson Bears senior Martina Miller. Miller led both races until the last 100 meters where Hall pulled ahead for the win in each.
The JDHS coaching staff selected Miller as the Crimson Bears girl Athlete Of the Meet and Shadd Rudick for the boys. Both were selected for their great efforts and attitudes with little rest between events (Jean Cumlat and Jesse Miller won the honor last week).
The Falcons’ boys set three school records and 47 personal records were broken with six new ones established; the girls set four school records and 13 personal records were broken with two new ones established.
High scorer for boys was Alex Tracy with 22 team points including winning the triple jump in a state contending 43-feet 7.2-inches, placing 2nd in the 100 and long jump and being part of the winning 4x100 meter relay. Teammate Nick Bursell captured the high jump with a five-foot 2-inch effort.
Falcons’ freshmen Maddie Hall scored 18.5 points. Her debut included winning the 3200 and 1600-meter races and helping shatter the TMHS 4x400 relay record by 17 seconds and the 4x800 record by almost a full minute.
The TMHS coaches pick for girl Athlete of The Meet was sophomore Estie Dawson who scored 16.5 points.
“She broke school records in everything she entered,” May said. “Including the 800 meters, the 400 meters, and she was a member of the school record breaking 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 meter relays. That is really impressive.”
The Crimson Bears and the Falcons travel to Kodiak this coming weekend.
Following are event top finisher and top JD and TM entry: Discus Boys – 1 Cody Ring KTN 108.2 feet, 2 Renier Cava TM 100.11, 6 Trevor Clauder JD 81.0. Girls – 1 Jenna Luhrs TM 92.3 feet, 3. Pilcher JD 59.8; Long jump Boys – 1 Miller 19.7, Tracy TM 18.7. Girls – 1 Alaire Hughey Sitka 13.5, 2 Cumlat JD 12.7, 4. Danielle Steinman TM 12.2; 4x800 relay Girls – JD 11:37.35, TM 11:50.62; Boys – JD 9:11.75, TM 9:19.50; 100 hurdles Girls – 1 Bessie Johnson PSG 18.94; 110 hurdles Boys – 1 Joe Zarlengo PSG 17.93, 3 Wilson Suzuki TM; 100m Girls – 1 Esra Siddeek 13.65, 4 Luhrs TM 14.47. Boys – 1 Miller JD 11.50, 7 Jed Salazar TM 12.97; 4x200 Girls – JD 2:04.61, Boys – 1 Sitka 1:42.70, 3 JD 1:45.35; 1600 Girls – 1 Hall TM 6:01.97, 2 Miller JD 6:08. Boys – 1 Francis JD 4:50.07, 2 English TM 4:50.18; 4x100 Girls – JD 56.94. Boys – TM 49.28; 400 Girls – Dawson TM 1:10.00, 3 Caitlyn Bossio JD 1:12.32. Boys - Miller JD 51.96, 4 Kenny Fox TM 57.0; 300 hurdles Girls – Karissa Jackson JD 52.91, 16 Grace Stauffer TM 1:13.00. Boys – 3 Suzuki 48.59; 800 Girls – Miller JD 2:46.53, 2 Dawson TM 2:52.56. Boys 1 Jack Dodson KTN 2:10.63, 3 Rudick JD 2:18.68, 5 Nicolas Wright TM 2:22.57; 200 Girls – Siddeek JD 28.69, 2 Evie Walker TM 29.85. Boys – Miller JD 23.72, 7 Fox TM 25.85; 4x400 Girls JD 4:50.10, 3 TM 5:03.06. Boys KTN 3:51.97, 2 JD 4:00.08, 3 TM 4;06.07; High jump Girls – 1 Bessie Johnson PSG 4-04. Boys – Bursell TM 5-02; Shot put Girls – 1 Lindsay Buster KTN 31-04, 3 Keely Pearson TM 26-02, 7 Scaife JD 22-10. Boys Cody Ring KTN 38-02, 3 Pietz TM 35-06, 5 Eckland JD 34-0; Triple jump Girls – Hughey Sitka 30-01, 2 Cumlat JD 27-06, 8 Stauffer TM 22-00. Boys – Tracy TM 43-07, 2 Malik Brown JD 36-01; 3200 Girls – Hall TM 12:59.00, Miller JD 13:00.00. Boys – Francis JD 10:16.00, English TM 10:17.00.