Haines girls run past Juneau track team

Posted: Sunday, May 14, 2000

Sarah Lende won three events and Lisa Sele added two victories as the Haines High School girls track team claimed an 84-79 victory over the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears during a four-team meet Saturday in Haines.

Tom Fagnant won two events to lead the Juneau boys to a 95-69 victory over Haines, with the Mount Edgecumbe and Yakutat track teams tying for third place with 10 points each.

Juneau coach Tracy Rivera said he tried runners out in different events to see what they could do, trying to keep them fresh for the Region V track championships in Juneau this Friday and Saturday. Saturday's times were slower than normal, which Rivera attributed to the hard track in Haines, heavy winds and few breaks between events. He said the meet was over in just two hours.

``We didn't run a lot of events,'' Rivera said. ``We had quite a bit of moving around. For example, we ran Adriana (Rodriguez) in the 400 and she'd never run that event before. We took a good look at the sprints to see their relay placements. Today was a good workout day.''

Lende, who already held the state's fastest time in the 400 meters, posted a relatively slow time of 1 minute, 6.90 seconds to claim the title in that event Saturday. She also won the 200 meters in 28.33 seconds and the 800 meters in 2:26.65.

Lisa Sele claimed the titles in the girls high jump and 100-meter intermediate hurdles, while her sister Lori Sele won the discus and took second to teammate Amy Gross in the shot put. Haines also won the 400-meter relay.

The Juneau girls picked up victories from Rodriguez in the 100 meters, Claire Martin in the 300-meter low hurdles, Sarah Elliott in the long jump, Breea DeSloover in the 1,600 meters and its 1,600-meter relay team.

``I don't think we've seen Adriana and Brittany (Troutt, who only ran the 100 Saturday because of sore legs) at full speed yet,'' Rivera said.

In the boys meet, Fagnant won the 100 and 200 meters for Juneau. The only other double-event winner was John Plucker of Haines in the long jump and triple jump.

Juneau also picked up victories from Alan Floresca in the 110-meter high hurdles, Jesse Stringer in the 800 meters, Corey Denton in the 400 meters, Zack Gaber in the high jump, Wesley Brooks in the 1,600 meters and its 1,600-meter relay team.

Haines picked up victories from Nik Hura in the shot put, Ryan Josephson in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and its 400-meter and 800-meter relay teams. Coleman Stanford of Mount Edgecumbe, who lives in Haines, won the boys discus.

``Zack Gaber went 5-10 in the high jump (which is tied for fifth in the state). We would have liked to have hit 6-feet, but he's not quite there yet,'' Rivera said. ``Jesse Stringer had a PR (personal record) in the 800, and with this track that's pretty fast. He also threw up on the track before the 1,600 relay, and Emily Krehlik threw up in the 400 relay. They wanted it to be noted that they're tough as nails.''

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