The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track and field teams each won their final meet of the season prior to next weekend's Region V championships.
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The Crimson Bears topped Haines High School in a dual meet on Friday and Saturday. Despite the wins, JDHS is more concerned about next weekend and the state championships on May 25-26.
"We're training through this, so we put a lot of kids in back-to-back-to-back events to push them physically and see how they respond," coach Scott May said. "We were looking for that a little bit. It was a pretty cold day with a lot of wind. It's a dirt track so we hardly had any (personal records) on the track."
The conditions didn't hold back a few Juneau athletes from posting impressive performances.
Crimson Bears senior Aaron Kearns posted the third-best long jump performance in the state with a leap of 20 feet, 8 inches.
Kearns already owns the second-best jump in Alaska at 21 feet, ¾ inch.
"We look for consistency in that, and he's showing us consistency right now," May said of Kearns. "Every once in a while you get a kid that does a 21-foot jump and never does it again. Aaron is consistent and will be up there at the state meet."
Senior Matt Barry fell one inch shy of a new personal best in the shot put with his winning throw of 39 feet, 1 inch. He also placed second in the discus with a personal record of 113 feet, 10 inches.
"He's shooting to get over 40 (feet in the shot put)," May said. "He's pretty confident if everything comes together at regions. That's his goal there."
JDHS swept the sprint events with Jeff Cordle, Erik Bickmore and Phil Moser winning the 100, 200 and 400 dashes respectively. Levi Benning won the 300 hurdles in 45.21 seconds while Gautier Durand cleared 5 feet to win the high jump for the Crimson Bears.
JDHS also won the 400, 800 and 1,600 relay events.
For the girls, sophomore Kristie Ely won the long jump, triple jump and 100.
Freshman Leah Francis captured the 800 and 1,600 runs and won the 300 hurdles in 50.63. She's currently ranked fourth statewide in the 300 IH.
"Her form is improving each time she does it," May said.
Alison Delabruere won the 200 in 30.72, Holly Bennett finished first in the shot put with a throw of 32 feet, 2 inches, while junior Katie Krehlik took the 400 in 1:10.63 for JDHS. The Crimson Bears' Amber Walker won the high jump after clearing 4 feet, 6 inches.
JDHS also won the 400, 800 and 3,200 relays while the 'All-Katie' team of Katie Poor, Katy Nickerson, Katie Calvin and Krehlik finished second in the 1,600 relay.
Up next will be the Region V Championships Friday and Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park. Competitors must either win their event or post a performance that ranks among the top 10 statewide in all six regional meets to qualify for the state championships in Fairbanks.
Friday-Saturday, Haines High School
BOYS - Juneau-Douglas 86, Haines 44
GIRLS - Juneau-Douglas 97, Haines 39
BOYS: 3,200 - Kemp, H, 10:10.59; Discus - Lorentz, H, 120-1; High jump - Durand, JDHS, 5-0; 800 relay - Juneau-Douglas, 1:45.43; Triple jump - Olsen, H, 37-9; 3,200 relay - Haines, 9:49.60; 100 - Cordle, JDHS, 12.54; Shot put - Barry, JDHS, 39-1; 1,600 - Kemp, H, 4:48.91; 400 relay - JDHS, 51.77; 400 - Moser, JDHS, 56.04; 300 IH; - Benning, JDHS, 45.21; 800 - Kemp, H, 2:16.09; Long jump - Kearns, JDHS, 20-8; 200 - Bickmore, JDHS, 25.62; 1,600 relay - Juneau-Douglas, 3:58.45.
GIRLS: 3,200 - Lende, H, 12:09.59; Triple jump - Ely, 31 ½; Discus - Hansen, H, 101-1; High jump - Walker, JDHS, 4-6; 800 relay - Juneau-Douglas, 2:05.37; 100 HH - Hansen, H, 18.00; 100 - Ely, JDHS, 14.18; 1,600 - Francis, JDHS, 5:20.39; 400 relay - Juneau-Douglas, 57.76; 400 - Krehlik, JDHS, 1:10.63; Shot put - Bennett, JDHS, 32-2; 300 IH - Francis, JDHS, 50.63; 800 - Francis, JDHS, 2:30.72; Long jump - Ely, JDHS, 15-4 ½; 200 - Delabruere, JDHS, 30.72; 1,600 relay - Haines, 4:57.63.
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