JDHS distance runners star in Kodiak

Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls track and field teams finished the regular season Saturday by facing two of the state's toughest teams.

The Crimson Bears girls finished second while the boys placed third in the Kodiak Tri-Invitational. The host Kodiak Bears won both the boys and girls meets while Palmer took second in the boys meets and third in the girls meet.

The JDHS girls controlled the distance events while junior Kristie Ely continued her impressive season in the long jump and triple jump events.

Sophomore Leah Francis set meet records in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Francis won the 1,600 in 5 minutes, 16.10 seconds and the 3,200 in 11:07.93. Senior teammate Katie Krehlik placed second in each event. She completed the 3,200 in 11:35.12 and the 1,600 in 5:33.02.

Francis and Krehlik joined forces with Isabel Bush and Leigh Miller to win the 3,200 relay in 10:10.21.

Ely continued her success in the field events. She won the triple jump with a hop, skip and jump of 32 feet, 3 inches and the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, ¾ inch.

Also for the JDHS girls, junior Stacie Arnold finished a close third in the 200 after a time of 29.38. Alison deLaBruere took second in the 400 in 1:07.09.

Bush placed second in the 800 in 2:29.84 while Miller placed third in 2:31.57.

In the hurdles, Juneau's Erin Oelklaus finished second to Kodiak's Alysa Horn in the 100 and 300 hurdles. Oelklaus completed the 100 hurdles in 18.9 and the 300 hurdles in 53.77.

While the JDHS boys didn't win any events, sprinter Erik Bickmore hung tight with one of the state's best.

Bickmore finished second to Kodiak's Michael Odell in the 200 and third in the 100. Bickmore finished the 200 in 23.80 while Odell clocked a winning time of 23.60.

In the 100, Bickmore posted a time of 11.4 seconds while Kodiak's Andy Dittman edged Odell in 11.3.

Bickmore also took second in the long jump with an effort of 17 feet, 3¾ inches. Teammate Billy Sarandria took third in 17 feet, 3½ inches.

Sarandria also finished second in the high jump after clearing 5 feet, 8 inches.

Freshman Zack Bursell finished fourth in a star-studded 3,200. Defending state champion Trevor Dunbar of Kodiak won in 9:12.88, while Palmer's Jake Parisien took second in 9:17.72. Bursell clocked in at 10:21.08.

In the field events, Juneau junior Robert Partin took second in the shot put with a throw of 37 feet, 1 inch. He also finished second in the discus with a throw of 117 feet, 1 inch.

Juneau-Douglas will host the Class 4A Region V Championships on Friday and Saturday at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Field.

Kodiak Tri-Invitational

Friday-Saturday, Kodiak High School



Kodiak 171, Palmer 145, Juneau-Douglas 99


100-Dittman, K, 11.3; 200-Odell, K, 23.60; 400-Smith, P, 52.11; 800-Dunbar, K, 1:56.72; 1,600-Dunbar, K, 4:21.73; 3,200-Dunbar, K, 9:12.88; 110 hurdles-Gusman, P, 16.0; 300 hurdles-Odell, K, 42.24; 400 relay-Kodiak, 46.28; 800 relay-Palmer, 1:37.76; 1,600 relay-Palmer, 3:41.81; 3,200 relay-Palmer, 8:50.54; Shot put-Odell, K, 50-2; High jump-Schick, K, 5-10; Triple jump-Guzman, P, 40-1. Discus-Medina, K, 120-1; Long jump-Guzman, P, 19-3.



Kodiak 178, Juneau-Dougals 157, Palmer 80


100-Bircham, K, 13.4; 200-Burcham, K, 28.07; 400-Whitfield, P, 1:05.66; 800-Ivanoff, K, 2:29.57; 1,600-Franics, JD, 5:16.10; 3,200-Franics, JD, 11:07.93; 100 hurdles-Horn, K, 18.4; 300 hurdles-Horn, K, 50.73; 400 relay-Kodiak, 53.78; 800 relay-Kodiak, 1:57.3; 1,600 relay-Kodiak, 4:24.84; 3,200 relay-Juneau-Douglas (Krehlik, Miller, Bush, Francis), 10:10.21; Shot put-Aitolu, K, 30-2; High jump-Burcham, K, 5-0; Triple jump-Ely, JD, 32-3; Discus-Timpke, K, 87-0; Long jump-Ely, JD, 16¾.

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