Sprinters lead Juneau girls to victory in Sitka

Posted: Monday, April 17, 2000

For years, the Juneau-Douglas girls track team has been known for its proficiency in the distance races.

Now, its strength may be in the sprints.

Led by a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100-meter dash, the Crimson Bear girls won a four-way meet with Ketchikan, Sitka and Mount Edgecumbe in Sitka Saturday.

Junior Adriana Rodriguez, senior Brittany Troutt and junior Sarah Ballard swept the 100, while freshman Megan DeSloover won the 200 with Rodriquez finishing second.

Juneau still has its share of athletes in the distances. Senior Breea DeSloover - Megan's older sister - won the 3,200-meter run in 12 minutes, 34 seconds, while Brandy Weston finished second in 12:38.

Juneau coach Tracy Rivera said the younger DeSloover hasn't shown a proclivity to the distance races like her older sister.

``Not at all, she's a sprinter,'' Rivera said, who saw DeSloover's speed firsthand on a fitness test in his gym class. ``They did a shuttle run where'd they'd run through chairs, and she was the fastest out of all my girls.''

The Juneau girls totaled 91 points to win. Ketchikan placed second with 87, Sitka had 33 and Mount Edgecumbe 6.

The Juneau boys placed third with 55 points behind winner Sitka (83) and Ketchikan 70. Mount Edgecumbe placed fourth with seven points.

Rivera said only seven boys made the trip due to ineligibilities. Individually, sophomore Jesse Stringer had perhaps the best performance among the boys. Stringer easily won the 1,600-meter run, outdistancing Sitka's Charles Van Otten 4:53.38 to 5:06.11. In the 3,200, Van Otten nipped Stringer at the tape to win by five-tenths of a second, 10:44 to 10:44.5.

``Stringer led the race the whole way,'' said Sitka coach Joe Muckpick. ``Then on the last straightaway Charles caught up and beat him at the tape.''

Juneau swept all boys and girls relay races except the boys 1,600, which finished second.

Sitka junior Matt Mangini won the 100, 200 and 400 races.

``This is his first year in track and he just blew everybody away,'' Muckpick said.

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