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Although the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track and field teams both finished second in a tri-meet Saturday at Kodiak High School, both squads look ready for the upcoming regional meet.
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The Crimson Bears both finished second to the hometown Bears while Anchorage Christian School took third.
"It was just great for the kids to have that experience and Kodiak is such a unique place," JDHS coach Scott May said. "It's great to visit, and the community gets behind the event."
The marquee event of the meet proved to be the boys' 1,600-meter run. Not only are JDHS, Kodiak and Anchorage Christian considered powers in the distance events, the meet also featured South Anchorage's David Bondi. Bondi, who currently holds top-five times in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200, flew south specifically to test himself at Kodiak.
The races lived up to the hype as all 16 competitors in the 1,600-meter run completed the race in less than 5 minutes. Juneau's Tyler Dinnan won the event in 4 minutes, 24.1 seconds. Bondi took second at 4:25.1. Juneau's Wesley Dinnan captured third in 4:25.7, and Kodiak's Trevor Dunbar finished fourth in 4:27.6
"It was incredible," JDHS coach Scott May said. "There were four kids in the 4:20s right now. The rest of the 16 were under five minutes. That's very impressive."
In the 3,200, Bondi held off a late kick from Wesley Dinnan to win in 9:33.98. Wesley Dinnan finished in 9:34.70 with Dunbar placing third in 9:41.99.
Tyler Dinnan won the 800 in 2:00.37, less than a second better than Bondi. Tyler Dinnan went on to be named the boys' athlete of the meet by the competition's coaches.
Also for the boys team, Erik Mason set a new personal record in the triple jump with an effort of 40 feet. He took second in the event. Mason also won the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 1114 inches.
Hunter Brown set new PRs in the 1,600 and 3,200 for the Bears.
The boys also won the 1,600 relay and Ben Schlechter won the 400.
In the girls' events, the Crimson Bears may have finished second, but also may have proved to be among the state's most well-rounded teams.
They won events in sprints and distance races along with the high jump, triple jump and long jump.
The Crimson Bears brought only 10 girls to Kodiak, which hampered their chances of a title.
"The girls are well rounded," May said. "We've got distance, triple jump, long jump and high jump. We've got Evelyn (Fisher) in the sprints and the 3,200 relay team won."
Sophomore Katie Krehlik was named the meet's top athlete after winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.
"She's getting stronger," May said of Krehlik. "She PR'ed in the 1,600 and got her best-ever time of (5:24.45) so that's great."
Krehlik won the 3,200 in 11:45.83 and the 800 in 2:23.82. She set new meet records in all three distance races.
Juneau's Leigh Miller set a new PR in the 3,200 with a fourth-place time of 12:20.19.
In the field events, freshman Kristie Ely continued to surprise by winning the long jump and the triple jump.
Ely leapt 11 feet, 1 inch in the long jump and 32 feet, 212 inches in the triple jump.
"She's a real surprise for us," May said. "She's done great."
Jessica Hardy won the high jump by clearing the bar at 4-feet, 6-inches.
In the sprints, Evelyn Fisher won the 400 in 1:02.64 and finished second in the 200.
Also, the 3,200 relay team won for Juneau-Douglas.
Up next is the Southeast Conference regional meet at JDHS. Participants will need to win their events or place in the top-10 statewide to qualify for the state championships in Fairbanks.