Juneau's Adrianna Rodriguez bears the name "Ace" on her crimson warm-up jacket, and Saturday Rodriguez showed why her friends gave her that nickname by winning two individual races and anchoring two winning relay teams at the Juneau Invitational track meet at the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park track.

The Juneau-Douglas High School Crimson Bears swept the team results, with the girls outscoring second-place Petersburg 185-139 while the boys edged second-place Sitka 166-141.

Rodriguez, or "Ace," fought off sickness all week to win the 100- and 200-meter dashes as well as anchoring the winning 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. The Juneau girls won every relay event at the invitational.

"Breanne Rohm gave me the nickname halfway through last year," Rodriguez said. "It was my first year running track and everyone said I was a natural."

"I like to call her A-Rod," Head track coach Tracy Rivera said. "Everything she does is because she works real hard. She tried it last year and boom! She went to a camp in Oregon last year and it really helped her. She's been putting in a lot of time."

Rodriguez wasn't the only Crimson Bear with success in the sprints. Senior Sarah Ballard narrowly beat out teammate Rachel Chenoweth for second place in the 100 meters, giving Juneau a 1-2-3 finish in the race. Chenoweth also won the 300-meter low hurdles.

Juneau repeated the sweep of the top three spots in the 200 meters. This time, junior Emily Krehlik took second place behind Rodriguez and sophomore Meghan DeSloover finished third.

Krehlik, Ballard and Chenoweth were all members of the winning 4x100 relay team and Ballard, Krehlik and junior Annie Fox were on the winning 4x200 relay team -- each anchored by Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said she was happy about her placing but had reservations about her times of 13.575 seconds in the 100 meters and 28.175 in the 200 meters.

Jump, skip, hop: Juneau's Clay Brown competes in the triple jump during the Juneau Invitational track meet on Saturday. Brown has the top triple jump in the state.

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"I thought that last year there was maybe a little better competition in the Southeast," Rodriguez. "It's really hard to get top times without the competition. At Skyview I had people in front of me to push me."

Juneau sophomore Loreen Tupou had a fantastic weekend in the throwing events. Tupou, in her first year as a member of the track team, won both the shot put with a distance of 31 feet, 314 inches and the discus with a toss of 102-812.

"She's such a great team player," Rivera said. "Kevin Hamrick has been working with her a lot."

Tupou's performance in the discus was the state's third-best throw of the year and her distance in the shot put was just out of the top six.

"For being my first year, I really don't know how to react," Tupou said. "It's real cool. I can't wait to go to state."

Molly Krehlik continued to excel in the distance events for the Crimson Bears. The sophomore won Friday's 3,200-meters, clocking in at 11:51.011 for the fifth-best time in state this year. Krehlik now ranks in the state's top six in both the 3,200 meters and 1,600 meters.

Senior Brandy Weston was slightly hobbled by shin splints, but still managed to place third in the 3,200 meters. Plus, she anchored the winning 4x800-meter relay team with teammates Molly Krehlik, Heidi Denton and Breanne Rohm.

"I just ran the race I thought I could run, but I had more energy and went for it," Molly Krehlik said. "When Erin (Nugent from Ketchikan) passed me for a little bit, it made me run harder.

In the girls team scoring, Ketchikan took third with 92 points, followed by Sitka with 57, Haines with 27 and Gustavus with six points.

Although the Crimson Bear girls won by a margin of 46 points, Petersburg gave Juneau some trouble when they placed 1-2-3 in the high jump and 1-2 in the 100-meter hurdles early Saturday. At that point, Petersburg had a small lead. But the Bears' sweep of the 100 and 200 meters erased the Vikings' lead for good.

Oops: Juneau's Claire Martin stumbles over a hurdle as teammate Rachel Chenoweth pulls ahead in the 300-meter low hurdles Saturday in the Juneau Invitational. Chenoweth won the event in 50.72 seconds and Martin regained her footing to finish in second place.

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"The Petersburg girls always have good teams," Rivera said. "They beat us over there in Sitka. We talked about it as a team and we knew there was enough people in the finals to do it. You just never know, one race can make the difference."

In boys competition, senior Clay Brown and junior Jesse Stringer each won two individual events to pace the Crimson Bears.

Brown once again won the triple jump with a leap of 40-134, an event in which he holds the state's best performance this year. He also won the high jump, clearing the bar at 5-feet-8. He also placed fifth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles which took place in the middle of the triple jump finals.

"The high jump is not really my event," Brown said. "Coach wanted me to enter so we could get a few more points. I never thought I would win. I don't think I'll be running the 300 hurdles at the region meet. They killed me. I had nothing left when I went back to the triple jump."

Stringer won the mile with a time of 4:40.211 and the 800 meters at 2:09.481, as well as anchoring the mile and two-mile relay teams that finished second and third, respectively.

"That relay (3,200-meters) took a lot out of me. We were just so far behind," Stringer said. "Still, I'm ahead of schedule. Last year I was running 2:10 splits and now I'm around 2:05, plus, were training through. I still have about three more miles to go today after the meet."

Senior Brian Fairchild's shot put of 41-1134 won the event while teammate Justin Rose placed fourth. In the discus, their roles were reversed with Rose placing second with a throw of 120-5 and Fairchild taking fifth place.

Sophomore T.J. Mason was the Bear boys top performer in the sprints, placing second in both the 200 and 400 meters while junior Stephen Perry claimed third-places both the 100 and 200 meters.

Junior Alan Floresca finally got his chance to run the hurdles. He placed second in the 110-meter high hurdles with at time of 17.61 and fourth in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles. There were no hurdle events at the Sitka Invitational last month and Floresca did not make the trip to Skyview last weekend.

Behind Juneau and Sitka in the team competition, Petersburg was third with 75 points, Ketchikan fourth with 70, Haines fifth with 44 and Yakutat placed sixth with five points.

"It was a good meet," Rivera said. "The team had a great week and it was good to have everybody in the relays. Everybody was real good team players."

Next weekend, the Crimson Bears will travel to Haines for the last meet of the year before the Region V meet in Juneau on May 18-19.

Jeff Kasper can be reached at jkasper@juneauempire.com.

Juneau Invitational

Results from the Juneau Invitational track and field meet held May 4-5 at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park.

BOYS

Team scores -- 1. Juneau-Douglas (JD), 166; 2. Sitka (S), 141; 3. Petersburg (P), 75; 4. Ketchikan (K), 70; 5. Haines (H), 44. 6. Yakutat (Y), 5.

Shot Put -- 1. B. Fairchild (JD), 41-11 3/4; 2. D. Lamar (S), 41-7; 3. M. Hamilton (K), 41-3 3/4; 4. J. Rose (JD) 36-4 1/2; 5. C. Campbell (S), 36-3 1/4; 6. T. Horton (H), 35-10 1/4.

High jump -- 1. C. Brown (JD), 5-8; 2. D. Carlson (P), 5-6; 3. T. Powers (JD), 5-2; 4. J. Rose (JD), 5-2; 5. L. Vale (Y) 5-2.

Discus -- 1. D. Lamar (S), 135-9 1/2; 2. J. Rose (JD) 120-5; 3. T. Horton (H), 119-2; 4. B. Mork (S), 114-2 1/2; 5. B. Fairchild (JD), 112-1; 6. C. Campbell (S), 110-11 1/2.

Triple Jump -- 1. C. Brown (JD), 40-1 3/4; 2. J. Plucker (H), 38-8 1/2; 3. G. Nordlund (K), 38-7; 4. C. Bloom (JD), 38-4 1/2; 5. E. Lee (P), 35-7; 6. B. Friske (S), 34-11.

Long jump -- 1. D. Hirgi (S), 19-9 1/2; 2. G. Nordlund (K), 19-9 1/4; 3. J. Plucker (H), 19-7 1/4; 4. C. Bloom (JD), 18-11; 5. B. Friske (S), 18-8 1/4; 6. E. Lee (P), 18-2 1/4.

100 meters -- 1. M. Mangini (S), 11.807; 2. T. Kaloostian (H), 12.024; 3. S. Perry (JD), 12.108; 4. E. Hollins (S), 12.308; 5. E. Mont (JD), 12.358; 6. B. Brunette (P), 12.608.

200 meters -- 1. M. Mangini (S), 24.109; 2. T. Mason (JD), 24.510; 3. S. Perry (JD), 24.560; 4. T. Kaloostian (H), 24.860; 5. E. Hollins (S) 24.960; 6. I. Roskam (K), 25.561.

400 meters -- 1. M. Mangini (S), 52.362; 2. T. Mason (JD) 54.714; 3. I Roskam (K) 56.766; 4. M. Blood (H), 57.467; 5. M. Garcia (K), 57.561; 6. S. Allred (H), 59.515.

800 meters -- 1. J. Stringer (JD), 2:09.481; 2. J. Loiselle (S), 2:12.918; 3. R. Montgomery (P), 2:19.208; 4. L. Wild (S), 2:19.892; 5. I. Williams (P), 2:22.361; 6. T. Hartwig (S), 2:27.983.

1,600 meters -- 1. J. Stringer (JD), 4:40.211; 2. R. Montgomery (P), 4:59.096; 3. R. Harris (JD) 4:59.330; 4. W. Brooks (JD) 5:04.596; 5. L. Wild (S), 5:06.320; 6. J. Marsh (P), 5:24.856.

3,200 meters -- 1. R. Montogomery (P), 10:38.667; 2. L. Wild (S), 10:58.153; 3. W. Brooks (JD), 11:07.713; 4. S. Endicott (Y), 11:31.937; 5. J. Marsh (P), 11:34.473; 6. H. Laws (K), 11:35.390.

110-meter high hurdles -- 1. G. Nordlund (K), 17.077; 2. A. Floresca (JD) 17.611; 3. B. Brunette (P), 18.062; 4. D. Hirai (S), 18.496; 5. E. Lee (P), 19.029; 6. B. Mork (S), 20.247.

300-meter intermediate hurdles -- 1. T. Hartwig (S), 43.477; 2. G. Nordlund (K), 44.811; 3. B. Brunette (P), 45.195; 4. A Floresca (JD), 45.929; 5. C. Brown (JD), 47.764; 6. T. Chapman (S), 47.931.

4x100-meter relay -- 1. Juneau-Douglas, 48.141; 2. Petersburg 52.726; 3. Ketchikan, 1:03.178.

4x200-meter relay -- 1. Ketchikan (times not available); 2. Sitka; 3. Haines.

4x400-meter relay -- 1. Sitka, 3:44.901; 2. Juneau-Douglas 3:52.724; 3. Petersburg, 4:10.226; 4. Ketchikan, 4:12.562.

4x800-meter relay -- 1. Sitka, 9:20.974; 2. Petersburg 9:21.508; 3. Juneau-Douglas, 9:30.581; 4. Ketchikan, 10:23.252.

Girls

Team scores -- 1. Juneau-Douglas (JD), 185; 2. Petersburg (P), 139; 3. Ketchikan (K), 92; 4. Sitka (S), 57; 5. Haines (H), 27. 6. Gustavus (G), 6.

Shot Put -- 1. L. Tupou (JD), 31-3 1/4; 2. A. Anthony (S), 26-3; 3. H. Post (G), 26-1; 4. A. Gross (H) 24-8 3/4; 5. G. Peterson (P), 24-6 1/4; 6. M. Bryant (H), 24-0 1/4.

High jump -- 1. Beardslee (P), 5-0; 2. B. Carlson (P), 4-10; 3. B. Birchell (P), 4-10; 4. D. Kahle (K), 4-10; 5. A. Fox (JD), 4-6; 6. D. Hallman (K), 4-4.

Discus -- 1. Tupou (JD), 102-8 1/2; 2. A. Beardslee (P), 83-8; 3. A. Gross (H), 82-3; 4. W. Hofstedt (K), 69-7; 5. Darling (S), 69-5; 6. A. Anthony (S), 68-2 1/2.

Triple Jump -- L. Ward (H), 30-4 3/4; 2. D. Kahle (K), 30-4 3/4; 3. A. Beardslee (P), 29-9; 4. T McCay (P), 28-5 1/4; 5. B. Birchell (P); J. Marshall (JD), 26-0.

Long jump -- 1. D. Hallman (K), 14-10; 2. A. McMurren (P), 14-7 1/2; 3. T. McCay (P), 14-4 1/2; 4. S. Elliot (JD), 14-0; 5. A. Beardslee (P), 13-8 1/4.

100 meters -- 1. A. Rodriguez (JD), 13.575; 2. S. Ballard (JD), 13.942; 3. R. Chenoweth (JD), 13.976; 4. E. Schwartz (P), 14.693; 5. A. McMurren (P), 14.743; 6. L. Loiselle (S), 14. 810.

200 meters -- 1. A. Rodriguez (JD), 28.175; 2. E. Krehlik (JD), 29.443; 3. M. DeSloover (JD), 30.494; 4. L.Ward (H), 30.528; 5. L. Loiselle (S0, 30.661; E. Schwartz (P), 30.928.

400 meters -- 1. E. Bolling (K), 1:04.775; 2. B. Rohm (JD) 1:07.844; 3. A. McMurren (P) 1:09.124; 4. M. DeSloover (JD), 1:09.229; 5. A. Fox (JD), 1:09.646; 6. B. Birchell (P), 1:14.801.

800 meters -- 1. E. Bolling (K), 2:30.113; 2. M. Krehlik (JD), 2:34.183; 3. J. Mork (JD), 2:48.064; 4. A. Enge (P), 2:48.948; 5. K. Jacobson (S), 2:50.361; 6. J. Totten (S), 3:02.362.

1,600 meters -- 1. E. Nugent (K), 5:43.505; 2. A Enge (P), 6:11.983; 3. J. Totten (S) 6:18.957; 4. K. Jacobson (S) 6:19.824; 5. J. Mork (S), 6:24.729; 6. E. Bergmann (P), 6:26.197.

3,200 meters -- 1. M. Krehlik (JD), 11:51.011; 2. E. Nugent (K), 12:07.294; 3. B. Weston (JD), 12:16.420; 4. T. Bergmann (P), 13:11.024; 5. J. Totten (S), 13:25.522; 6. E. Buschmann (P), 13:50.848.

100-meter low hurdles -- 1. T. McCay (P), 18.003; 2. E. Schwartz (P), 18.103; 3. S. Ballard (JD), 18.203; 4. R. Chenoweth (JD), 18.604; 5. O'Neil (P), 20.205.

300-meter low hurdles -- 1. R. Chenoweth (JD), 50.472; 2. C. Martin (JD), 52.427; 3. E. Schwrtz (P), 53.075; 4. E. Krehlik (JD), 58.897; 5. A. Williams (P), 1:00.482; 6. B. Lyons (S), 1:01.684.

4x100-meter relay -- 1. Juneau-Douglas, 54.063; 2. Sitka 59.936; 3. Petersburg, 1:00.953; 4. Ketchikan 1:08.795

4x200-meter relay -- 1. Juneau-Douglas, 1:55.899; 2. Sitka, 2:05.859; 3. Petersburg, 2:10.847; 4. Ketchikan, 2:26.563.

4x400-meter relay -- 1. Juneau-Douglas, 4:37.925; 2. Ketchikan, 4:42.096; 3. Sitka, 5:04.705; 4. Petersburg 5:18.232.

4x800-meter relay -- 1. Juneau-Douglas, 10:30.480; 2. Ketchikan, 11:46.740.

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