Juneau girls got need for speed

Posted: Thursday, May 04, 2000

The Juneau-Douglas High School girls track team has long dominated distance events in Southeast, having won numerous individual titles in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs the past few years.

But now it's in the sprint events where the Crimson Bears could make a mark.

Led by senior Brittany Troutt, juniors Adriana Rodriguez, Sarah Ballard and Sarah Elliot, sophomore Emily Krehlik and freshman Meghan DeSloover, the girls sprint corps hopes to make that mark this weekend. Juneau hosts Ketchikan, Sitka, Haines, Petersburg, Gustavus and Yakutat in a two-day meet at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Events begin Friday at 2 p.m. and again at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The speediest of the speedy are fairly new to the rigors off running fast. Troutt began track last year, and Rodriguez didn't decide on track until this season after playing softball, volleyball and swimming.

That inexperience didn't seem to matter in the season-opening meet in Sitka, as Rodriguez, Troutt and Ballard completed a 1-2-3 sweep in the 100-meter dash.

``All of us, our goal is to do that again,'' Ballard said.

Troutt tumbled at the finish line in Sitka, and had to continue the meet battered and bloody.

``I was just bleeding everywhere,'' Troutt said. ``I just had to ignore the pain for awhile.''

``She's tough as nails,'' said Juneau head coach Tracy Rivera. ``She just gets right back up.''

Troutt and Ballard will try the 100-meter hurdles for the first time this weekend, something both are a little new at.

``I had (hurdles) all set up backwards,'' Troutt said. ``I'm just a baby in this event.''

``I almost did that today too,'' Ballard said.

Last week at the Skyview Invitational, Rodriguez made the 100meter dash finals, but had to leave the meet early to drive the threeplus hours back to Anchorage to catch a flight home.

Rodriguez said based on her preliminary time, she would've placed fourth or fifth. East Anchorage and Dimond did not attend the Skyview meet, but most of the state's top track schools were in attendance.

``It was exciting to see those girls,'' said Rodriguez, who hopes to attend a track camp at the University of Oregon this summer.

Troutt and Rodriguez will meet in the 200 along with DeSloover.

``Adriana and I feed off each other a lot,'' Troutt said. ``During time trials at practice the other day for like 130 out of 200 meters we were running stride for stride. We were right next to each other, then at the finish line, we crossed at the same time. It was really cool.''

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