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Juneau-Douglas High School track and field coach Scott May felt pleased about a number of performers as both his Crimson Bears boys and girls squads won the Sitka Invitational, which took place over Friday and Saturday.
The Bears toppled Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe, Ketchikan and Petersburg to open the season.
We are pretty balanced, more balanced than we have been, May said. We have a well-established distance team and in the past we werent as well rounded. This year were looking real sharp in the field events as well.
Bears senior Alika Bradley powered his way to personal bests and first-place finishes in the shot put and discus. Bradley tossed the shot 36-feet, 3-inches while firing the discus 111-feet, 4-inches.
Mike Bickmore took second in the long and triple jumps while Karl Overcast captured second place in the high jump after clearing 5-feet, 4-inches.
Southeast Alaska this year is going to be really strong in the long and triple jump, May said. [Bickmore] had a phenomenal jump. Usually that would win but Sitka has some great athletes in the field events as well. Its going to be exciting in the southeast this year to see the competition in the field events.
The distance runners picked up where they left off last season as Tristian Knutson-Lombardo crossed the tape first in the 3,200-meter run. The defending state champion in the mile, however, was upended in his marquee event by teammate Tyler Dinnan. The junior shaved 10 seconds off his personal best in the 1,600 and won the event with a time of 4:39.
For the girls, freshman Katie Krehlick showed off her versatility by winning the 800 and the 3,200 in her first track meet. Bears teammate and senior captain Megan Bush ran away with the 1,600, posting a 5:49.93.
The JDHS girls also captured the 800 and 3,200 relay titles in Sitka.
Bears senior Heather Bennett dominated the sprints, winning the 100, 200 and 400.
Gwen Miller won the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 54.5 and first-year senior Anja Akstin took second place in the shot put and discus.
JDHS travels to Skyview Friday.
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD RESULTS
Juneau-Douglas 118, Sitka 74, Ketchikan 7, Petersburg 15, Mt. Edgecombe 7
400 relay - Juneau-Douglas (Bickmore, Millard, Olson, Overcast), 49.35; 3,200 relay - Sitka (Wild, Totten, Weissberg, Lehmann), 9:46.53; 800 relay - Juneau-Douglas (Benning, Bickmore, Olson, Schlechter), 1:43.34; 1,600 relay - Juneau-Douglas (Knutson-Lombardo, W. Dinnan, T. Dinnan, Schlecter), 3:52; High jump - Hunter, S, 6-0; 3,200 - Knutson-Lombardo, JDHS, 10:07.26; Triple jump - Wathen, S, 38-2; Shot put - Bradley, JDHS, 36-3; Long jump - Wathen, S, 19-10 1/2; Discus - Bradley, JDHS, 111-4; 1,600 - T. Dinnon, JDHS, 4:39.54; 800 - T. Dinnan, JDHS, 2:07.13; 400 - Millard, JDHS, 56.56; 300IM - Benning, JDHS, 45.69; 200 - Millard, JDHS, 25.87; 100 - Millard, JDHS, 12.06.
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD RESULTS
Juneau-Douglas 95, Sitka 79, Ketchikan 28; Petersburg 18; Mt. Edgecombe
400 relay - Sitka (Ribnao, Welsh, Johnson, Trainor), 58.13; 3,200 relay - Juneau-Douglas (Bogert, Busch, Krehlick, Moser), 11:24; 800 relay - Juneau-Douglas (Bennett, Fisher, McMichel, Miller), 2:03.41; 1,600 relay - Juneau-Douglas (Bennett, Miller, Busch, Krehlick), 4:46; Triple jump - Chong, S, 34-3; Shot put - Chong, S, 29-8; Long jump - Camaros, K, 13-7 1/2; Discus - Bidwell, S, 101-6; High jump - Sarandria, JDHS, 4-8; 3,200 - Krehlick, JDHS, 12:16.04; 1,600 - Bush, JDHS, 5:49.93; 800 - Krehlick, JDHS, 2:39.09; 400 - Bennett, JDHS, 1:05.9; 300IM - Miller, JDHS, 54.5; 200 - Bennett, JDHS, 29.16; 100 - Bennett, JDHS, 13.47.