JDHS track strong in Sitka

Boys, girls both win Southeast invitational meet

Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track teams won their second meets of the season over the weekend at the Sitka High School Invitational.

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The Crimson Bears girls' team utilized its depth to win, while the boys' meet went down to the wire.

"We're pretty deep with our girls this year, which is nice," JDHS coach Scott May said. "It's great to see so many kids involved in so many areas."

Juneau's girls won the 800-meter, 1,600 and 3,200 relays in the event and received strong performances in multiple individual events to earn the win.

Freshman Corey Mulder helped lead her team with first-place finishes in the discus and shot put. Mulder threw the shot put 29 feet and tossed the discus 78 feet, 712 inches for her victories.

"Corey Mulder is definitely a highlight for the girls," May said. "She (had a personal record) in the discus and shot and was second place on the 4x100 relay and second in the high jump."

Eveyln Fisher won the 800 in 2:35.55, while freshman Leah Francis ran away with the 300 intermediate hurdles title.

Juneau's Katy Nickerson finished second in the 300 hurdles and gave JDHS a strong 1-2 punch in that event.

"Here's the deal with Leah, she discovered she really likes jumping over things," May said. "She just loves hurdles."

May also said Katie Poor posted personal records in the long jump and triple jump, while Olivia Piteca placed second in the shot put and discus.

For the boys, Juneau nipped Sitka by just 11 points for the overall title.

"We were very pleased with the result," May said. "I tell you the boys were close. ... We knew it was close, and it really came down to that last relay, the 1,600. It was something else."

Juneau-Douglas' team of Aaron Kearns, Hunter Brown, Nick Waldo and Phil Moser won the 1,600 relay in 3:56.84, less than a second better than the Wolves' relay team.

Moser nipped Sitka's star runner, Alex Weissburg, at the line for the win.

"They were ahead of us, we were ahead of them, and it came down to Alex and Phil," May said. "That was a great way to end a great meet."

Juneau's victory came down to strong performances in the field and in the sprints.

Moser won the 300 hurdles and 400 in the meet, while Jake Pernula took the 100 and 200.

In the field, Aaron Kearns continued his strong season with wins in the long jump and triple jump. The senior flew 37 feet, 7 inches in the triple jump and 19 feet, 10 inches in the long jump.

"We tried him in the triple jump for the first time, and he won that," May said.

Another athlete trying a new event for the first time, Erik Bickmore, had success over the weekend. Bickmore cleared 5 feet, 2 inches to win the high jump.

Juneau's D.J. Maki led a 1-2-3 finish in the discus with a winning throw of 106 feet, 712 inches. Robert Partin took second with 100 feet, 10 inches while Matt Barry placed third.

Barry claimed the shot put title with a throw of 36 feet, 9 inches.

Up next for JDHS is the Palmer Relays on April 27-28.

• Tim Nichols, sports editor, can be reached at sports@juneauempire.com.

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