Crimson Bears boys, girls win meets in Sitka

Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track and field teams won the Sitka Invitational meet on Saturday in Sitka.

The Crimson Bears boys team racked up 236 points, more than double second-place Ketchikan's amount. The girls team amassed 174 points while second-place Sitka had 134 points.

The boys scored points in each event and set 14 personal records, or PRs, to run away with the title.

Robert Partin led the way for the JDHS boys. The junior placed himself among Southeast Alaska's elite throwers with first place finishes and PRs in the shot put and discus. He won the shot put with a heave of 38 feet, 4¼ inches and the discus with a throw of 112 feet, 11 inches. He also set a PR in the 100-meter dash.

"He's one of those hard workers and it's paying off for him," JDHS coach Scott May said. "He's the top thrower in the region right now."

Another field athlete, senior Billy Sarandria, made his mark in Sitka. The first-year team member won the high jump after clearing 5-feet, 8-inches. He also placed third in the long jump.

"It's like he's been doing it forever," May said of Sarandria. "He's a real natural."

Erik Bickmore scored a team-high 28.5 points for JDHS. He won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 5 inches.

Also for the JDHS boys, Philip Moser won the 400 in 56.36 seconds and 300 hurdles in 45.59, Jake Pernula captured the 100 in 12.01, freshman Zack Bursell took the 1,600 in 5:01.82 and Hunter Brown won the 3,200 in 10:54.41.

The Crimson Bears boys also won the 400 and 800 relays.

On the girls side, the distance runners posted winning performances.

Leah Francis won three events. She took the 800 in 2:29.64, the 1,600 in 5:26.69 and the 3,200 in 11:19.06.

Katie Krehlik finished second to Francis in those three races while Alice Ottoson-McKeen took third in the 1,600 and 3,200.

Francis and Krehlik also joined forces with Samantha Eyre and Alison deLaBruere to win the 1,600 relay in 4:42.56.

"This is Alice's (Ottoson-McKeen) first meet with us," May said. "We had a number of kids that came out and were able to do this as a first meet."

Erin Oelklaus won the 300 hurdles in 53.64 while Kristie Ely took the long jump with an effort of 15 feet, 11 ½ inches and the triple jump with a hop, skip and jump of 33 feet, 8 ½ inches.

The Crimson Bears will next host the Juneau Invitational on May 2-3 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

"It's huge," May said. "Everybody gets to participate. We're very limited in who we can bring to Ketchikan and Sitka because of finances. But now we get to put everyone out there and see what we can do."

• Editor's note: Results from the Sitka meet will run later this week. Contact sports editor Tim Nichols at 523-2228 or

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