Juneau wins in 'Bears' Territory'

Posted: Sunday, May 05, 2002

Federico Milanetti is new to Juneau-Douglas High School this year.

But the exchange student from Bourgosesia, Italy, has already learned what's expected when the Crimson Bears host a track meet such as this weekend's Juneau Invitational, held Friday and Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

"This is Bears' Territory," Milanetti said after winning the boys 800 meters race to help the Juneau boys and girls sweep the meet's team titles. "I guess we did pretty good."

The Juneau boys scored 171 points to beat runner-up Petersburg, which scored 118 points. Sitka took third place with 109, followed by Haines with 79, Ketchikan with 28 and Mount Edgecumbe with four points.

In the girls portion of the meet, Juneau finished with 166 points to beat runner-up Ketchikan's 111. Sitka took third place with 90 points, while Haines was fourth with 71, Petersburg took fifth with 57 and Mount Edgecumbe didn't score.

"It's been a while since I won anything," said Milanetti, who claimed victory after Juneau's top three distance runners decided not to run in the 800. "We have a lot of very good people here. I like being on a strong team. I'm really, really happy."

Juneau won every boys race longer than 400 meters, with the distance duo of senior Jesse Stringer (1,600 meters) and freshman Bryce Iverson (3,200) swapping victories in the two longest races, while freshman Tristan Knutson-Lombardo made it a 1-2-3 sweep of the top positions in both events.

The other individual winners for the Crimson Bear boys were seniors Stephen Perry, who won the 400 and took second place in both the 100 and 200 events, and Alan Floresca, who won the 110-meter high hurdles and the high jump. Juneau also won the 4x200-meter relay, the 4x400 and the 4x800.

In the girls meet, three Juneau girls won two individual events each as freshman flash Heather Bennett won the 100 and 200 dashes, junior thrower Loreen Tupou won the shot put and the discus, and junior hurdler Rachel Chenoweth won the 100-meter intermediate and 300-meter low hurdles.

Junior distance runner Molly Krehlik won the 3,200 meters for the only other individual event victory for the Crimson Bears. The Juneau girls also won the 4x200-meter relay, the 4x400 and the 4x800.

Some of the meet's closest competition was between teammates Stringer and Iverson, who ran head-to-head against each other in the 1,600 and the 3,200.

This was the first 3,200 of the season for Stringer, who entered the event to see if he could help pace Iverson to break the 10-minute barrier. Iverson led for most of the race, but Stringer put on a surge in the last lap that brought him onto Iverson's shoulder. But the freshman found another gear and held off Stringer's challenge. Iverson won in 10 minutes, 3.609 seconds, while Stringer was second in 10:03.876 and Knutson-Lombardo took third in 10:41.464.

"I felt like I was going a lot faster than I was," Iverson said. "I could hear him breathing behind me on that last 200. I didn't want to have enough at the finish. I wanted to run out of gas."

"This was a one-time thing for me," said Stringer, who plans to concentrate on the 1,600, 800 and the two long relays for the Region V meet May 17-18 at Adair-Kennedy. "It was fun. I was gunning for it. I'm going to hear about this all week from him. We'll have to see what happens in the 1,600."

In that race, Stringer let Iverson run with him for about two laps, then pulled away to win in 4:43.179. Iverson took second in 4:44.714 and Knutson-Lombardo was third in 4:58.961 as he broke the five-minute barrier for the first time.

The three Juneau distance runners teamed up with Milanetti in the two longer relays, and their time of 8:35.024 in the 4x800-meter relay was faster than the current Region V meet record of 8:36.88 set last year by the Juneau team of Corey Denton, Stringer, Wesley Brooks and Jeremy Carpenter. Region V records can only be set in the region meet, so this year's Juneau relay squad will have to break the record in two weeks.

For Floresca, this was his first meet running hurdles this season, since the Sitka Invitational didn't hold the events two weeks ago and he didn't make Juneau's trip last weekend to Anchorage. Floresca's time of 16.920 seconds in the 110-meter high hurdles was fast enough to rank third in the state this season, plus he set a personal record in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles at 44.595 even though he took third place. Floresca and teammate Greg Albrecht both cleared 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump, but Floresca won with fewer misses.

"I thought it went fine," Floresca said. "My goal was to get a 16 on this track, because I totally know I can go faster if it's on a rubberized track."

Perry entered the meet hoping to win three events, but after winning the 400 Perry's hopes were dashed when Tim Kaloostian of Haines won the 100 and 200 by close margins. Perry said he may concentrate on the 200 and 400 for regions.

"There were still some people I hadn't seen yet, so this was a learning experience," Perry said of Kaloostian, who was making his debut for the season. "I'm glad they were here. I found out what I'm good at, and that cements in my mind where I need to focus."

Tupou's throw of 36 feet, 10 inches in the shot put was more than two feet farther than her personal record and was more than a foot farther than the 1996 Region V record of 35-8 1/2 set by Ketchikan's Sevai Autaungavaia. Tupou's toss of 111-9 1/2 in the discus was farther than her title-winning throw at last year's state meet, but she said her timing's off in that event and she's thrown more than 120 feet in practice.

"It felt so easy and smooth," Tupou said of her shot put. "I didn't think I threw it that far, but it was like one whole move."

Bennett struggled a little bit with her starting technique in her two victories, but once she was out of the blocks she was much faster than her competitors. She won the 100 meters by more than a full second and her victory in the 200 was more than 1 1/2 seconds faster than teammate Emily Krehlik.

"I thought I did pretty good," Bennett said. "I got a PR in the 100 and 200. I liked my 100 a lot. It was just the kind of run I've always been best at. It was fun to have some competition."

Chenoweth, who was ranked fifth in the state in the 300-meter low hurdles entering the meet, dropped more than a full second off her time and climbed a spot in the rankings with a 49.862. Her winning time in the 100-meter intermediate hurdles was nearly two seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

"It was really fun," said Chenoweth, who had a 49.2 in Friday's 300 preliminaries. "I could have pushed harder, but I got a 49 and that's what got Southeast for me last year. I think having gotten that time two weeks earlier, I'll feel better at state."

Molly Krehlik and Ketchikan's Erin Nugent ran together through most of the 3,200, with Nugent making a charge late in the seventh lap. Krehlik found another gear, regaining the lead and pulling away as they neared the finish. Krehlik was scheduled to run the 1,600, but scratched from the event because she was feeling sick. She did run in the 800, finishing second to Ketchikan's Elisa Bolling who won the 400, 800 and 1,600 titles.

"She was planning to run slow," Krehlik said of Nugent, who is a longtime rival and friend. "When she passed me, I knew I should push it. I had to. I knew she was going to do it, but I wanted to stick with her around the corner."

"I could go longer, but not faster," Nugent said.

Besides Bolling's three victories, the other non-Juneau girls event winners were Lilly Ward of Haines in the long jump and triple jump, Petersburg's Britni Birchell in the high jump and the Haines 4x100-meter relay team.

The other non-Juneau boys winners, besides Kaloostian, were Zac Drillevich of Petersburg in the long and triple jumps, Matt Blood of Haines in the 300-meter hurdles, Coleman Stanford of Haines in the discus, Damien LaMar of Sitka in the shot put and the Haines 4x100-meter relay team.

Charles Bingham can be reached at cbingham@juneauempire.com.

JUNEAU INVITATIONAL

The results of the Juneau Invitational High School track and field meet, which took place Friday and Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Names of individual runners not available for all relays.

Team scores -- 1. Juneau-Douglas, 171 points; 2. Petersburg, 118; 3. Sitka, 109; 4. Haines, 79; 5. Ketchikan, 28; 6. Mount Edgecumbe, 4.

Shot put -- 1. Damien LaMar (S), 43 feet, 7 inches; 2. Darren LaDuke (S), 42-10; 3. Sione Tupou (JD), 42-5 1/2; 4. Coleman Stanford (H), 41-7 1/2; 5. Tyrel Horton (H), 38-8; 6. Cody Campbell (S), 38-6 1/2.

Discus -- 1. Coleman Stanford (H), 136-3; 2. Cody Campbell (S), 121-1; 3. Damien LaMar (S), 120-3; 4. Tyrel Horton (H), 116-3; 5. Fred Chambers (H), 109-4 1/2; 6. Darren LaDuke (S), 106-7.

High jump -- 1. Alan Floresca (JD), 5-6; 2. Greg Albrecht (JD), 5-6; 3. Jacob Braun (P), 5-2; 4. Brandon Howard (S), 5-2.

Long jump -- 1. Zac Drillevich (P), 18-11 3/4; 2. Eric Lee (P), 18-8 1/2; 3. Elgin Hollins (S), 18-6 5/8; 4. Colin Kambak (S), 16-8 3/4; 5. Ian Roskam (K), 16-7 3/4; 6. Jason Woolford (S), 16-4.

Triple jump -- 1. Zac Drillevich (P), 40-0 1/8; 2. Kyle Skinner (P), 39-2 1/2; 3. Eric Lee (P), 37-11 1/2; 4. Alex Rodriguez (K), 36-8 3/4; 5. Colin Kambak (S), 35-6 1/2; 6. Greg Albrecht (JD), 34-10.

110-meter high hurdles -- 1. Alan Floresca (JD), 16.920 seconds; 2. Bryson Brunette (P), 17.371; 3. Matt Blood (H), 18.322; 4. Eric Lee (P), 18.372; 5. David Liliedahl (J), 18:822; 6. Kenta Takano (H), 19.222.

300-meter intermediate hurdles -- 1. Matt Blood (H), 44.128; 2. Bryson Brunette (P), 44.562; 3. Alan Floresca (JD), 44.595; 4. David Liliedahl (JD), 45.646; 5. Kenta Takano (H), 45.680; 6. Zac Drillevich (P), 48.766.

100 meters -- 1. Tim Kaloostian (H), 11.562; 2. Stephen Perry (JD), 11.995; 3. Elgin Hollins (S), 12.280; 4. Bryson Brunette (P), 12.296; 5. Darren LaDuke (S), 12.445; 6. Thomas Zorich (P), 12.496.

200 meters -- 1. Tim Kaloostian (H), 23.803; 2. Stephen Perry (JD), 23.884; 3. Darren LaDuke (S), 24.787; 4. Ian Roskam (K), 25.638; 5. Thomas Zorich (P), 25.885; 6. Elgin Hollins (S), 26.689.

400 meters -- 1. Stephen Perry (JD), 53.817; 2. Elgin Hollins (S), 55.419; 3. Ian Roskam (K), 56.320; 4. Casey Knight (P), 57.097; 5. Greg Albrecht (JD), 58.222.

800 meters -- 1. Federico Milanetti (JD), 2:14.543; 2. Scott Totten (S), 2:17.646; 3. Jesse Remund (S), 2:18.080; 4. Casey Knight (P), 2:21.850; 5. Alex Marvel (JD), 2:22.167; 6. Mike McMahan (P), 2:24.670.

1,600 meters -- 1. Jesse Stringer (JD), 4:43.179; 2. Bryce Iverson (JD), 4:44.714; 3. Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (JD), 4:58.961; 4. Jesse Remund (S), 5:16.512; 5. Jack Marsh (P), 5:27.840; 6. Mike McMahan (P), 5:32.645.

3,200 meters -- 1. Bryce Iverson (JD), 10:03.609; 2. Jesse Stringer (JD), 10:03.876; 3. Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (JD), 10:41.464; 4. Curtis Jung (ME), 11.06.739; 5. Jesse Remund (S), 11:07.707; 6. Scott Totten (S), 11:23.698.

4x100-meter relay -- 1. Haines (Tyler Ferrin, Adrian Nash, Matt Blood, Tim Kaloostian), 47.776; 2. Petersburg, 49.024; 3. Juneau-Douglas (Mychal Hutcherson, Mike Kasten, Joe Manning, Kyle Russell), 55.284; 4. Sitka, 57.636; 5. Ketchikan, 58.937.

4x200-meter relay -- 1. Juneau-Douglas (David Liliedahl, Alan Floresca, Greg Albrecht, Stephen Perry), 1:39.013; 2. Haines, 1:39.881; 3. Petersburg, 1:44.119; 4. Sitka, 1:54.829.

4x400-meter relay -- 1. Juneau-Douglas (Federico Milanetti, Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Bryce Iverson, Jesse Stringer), 3:49.580; 2. Petersburg, 4:06.196; 3. Sitka, 4:08.393; 4. Ketchikan, 4:14.305.

4x800-meter relay -- 1. Juneau-Douglas (Federico Milanetti, Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Bryce Iverson, Jesse Stringer), 8:35.024; 2. Petersburg, 10:07.734; 3. Ketchikan, 10:52.011.

GIRLS

Team scores -- 1. Juneau-Douglas, 166; 2. Ketchikan, 111; 3. Sitka, 90; 4. Haines, 71; 5. Petersburg, 57; 6. Mount Edgecumbe, 0.

Shot put -- 1. Loreen Tupou (JD), 36 feet, 10 inches; 2. Beatriz Muse (JD), 31-6; 3. Amy Gross (H), 28-3 1/2; 4. Lindsey Bolling (K), 27-6; 5. Sally Jean Brown (H), 25-2 1/2; 6. Whitney Hofsteadt (K), 24-3.

Discus -- 1. Loreen Tupou (JD), 111-9 1/2; 2. Lindsey Bolling (K), 98-9; 3. Beatriz Muse (JD), 97-5; 4. Amy Gross (H), 93-6; 5. Sally Jean Brown (H), 90-5; 6. Alaina Brown (S), 79-5 1/2.

High jump -- 1. Britni Birchell (P), 4-8; 2. Brittany Carlson (P), 4-6; 3. Annie Fox (JD), 4-6; 4. Nicola Trainer (S), 4-6; 5. Ashley Bahrt (S), 4-6.

Long jump -- 1. Lilly Ward (H), 15-0 1/2; 2. J.J. Carlson (S), 13-7 1/8; 3. Lindey Hendricks (K), 12-11 1/4; 4. Floriane Denarie (H), 12-6 1/4; 5. Alaina Brown (S), 11-9 1/4; 6. Jillian Gillyer (K), 10-11 1/2.

Triple jump -- 1. Lilly Ward (H), 32-6 3/4; 2. Katrina Berg (P), 29-11 3/4; 3. Britni Birchell (P), 29-10 1/4; 4. J.J. Carlson (S), 27-6 3/4; 5. Lindey Hendricks (K), 27-4 7/8; 6. Whitney Hofsteadt (K), 26-9 5/8.

100-meter intermediate hurdles -- 1. Rachel Chenoweth (JD), 18.313; 2. Tomomi Nagaora (H), 20.262; 3. Floriane Denarie (H), 20.462; 4. Cory Welsh (S), 20.863; 5. Julie O'Neil (P), 21.116; 6. Kaitlin Podsiki (H), 22.418.

300-meter low hurdles -- 1. Rachel Chenoweth (JD), 49.862; 2. Emily Krehlik (JD), 52.715; 3. Cory Welsh (S), 53.616; 4. Lindey Hendricks (K), 56.419; 5. Kandi McGilton (S), 59.722.

100 meters -- 1. Heather Bennett (JD), 13.319; 2. Joy Ribao (S), 14.420; 3. Alenna Nilsen (P), 14.871; 4. Drew Fossman (H), 14.937; 5. Nicola Trainer (S), 15.037; 6. Juliet Agne (S), 15.137.

200 meters -- 1. Heather Bennett (JD), 27.849; 2. Emily Krehlik (JD), 29.200; 3. Lindey Hendricks (K), 29.801; 4. Joy Ribao (S), 30.101; 5. Drew Fossman (H), 31.152; 6. Nicola Trainer (S), 31.719.

400 meters -- 1. Elisa Bolling (K), 1:04.888; 2. Meghan DeSloover (JD), 1:06.223; 3. Annie Fox (JD), 1:08.742; 4. Katrina Berg (P), 1:09.977; 5. Penny Fossman (H), 1:11.879; 6. J.J. Carlson (S), 1:12.930.

800 meters -- 1. Elisa Bolling (K), 2:32.709; 2. Molly Krehlik (JD), 2:38.515; 3. Erin Nugent (K), 2:38.948; 4. Amanda Hammermeister (K), 2:44.854; 5. Kelsey Jacobsen (S), 2:54.147.

1,600 meters -- 1. Elisa Bolling (K), 5:39.940; 2. Erin Nugent (K), 5:46.863; 3. Megan Lehmann (S), 5:57.206; 4. Heidi Denton (JD), 6:06.199; 5. Brittany Rohm (JD), 6:07.000; 6. Kelsey Jacobsen (S), 6:16.326.

3,200 meters -- 1. Molly Krehlik (JD), 12:05.840; 2. Erin Nugent (K), 12:14.449; 3. Megan Lehman (S), 12:49.469; 4. Amanda Hammermeister (K), 12:50.201; 5. Heidi Denton (JD), 12:57.125; 6. Rena McDonnell (P), 13:27.188.

4x100-meter relay -- 1. Haines (Kelly Hanson, Penny Fossman, Lilly Ward, Kim Ferrin), 58.517; 2. Sitka, 1:00.035; 3. Petersburg, 1:00.736; 4. Ketchikan, 1:01.620.

4x200-meter relay -- 1. Juneau-Douglas (Rachel Chenoweth, Emilly Krehlik, Claire Martin, Heather Bennett), 1:54.147; 2. Sitka, 2:05.592; 3. Ketchikan, 2:07.361; 4. Petersburg, 2:13.100.

4x400-meter relay -- 1. Juneau-Douglas (Emily Krehlik, Rachel Chenoweth, Claire Martin, Heather Bennett), 4:29.378; 2. Sitka, 4:55.004; 3. Petersburg, 5:01.127.

4x800-meter relay -- 1. Juneau-Douglas (Heidi Denton, Brittany Rohm, Annie Fox, Molly Krehlik), 10:50.949; 2. Ketchikan, 11:24.149; 3. Petersburg, 12:35.576.



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