Track Teams Shine Under the Lights at Adair Kennedy

    Juneau-Douglas High School: Kalé and Thunder Mountain High School athletes race in the Twilight Meet at Adair Kennedy Field on Friday. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Juneau-Douglas High School: Kalé and Thunder Mountain track teams competed in a friendly cross-town “Twilight Meet” under the stadium lights of Adair Kennedy Field on Friday.

      “Just a lot of fun,” JDHS track coach Jesse Stringer said.   

      The Twilight Meet was first run last season as a morale booster to offset the COVID-19 restrictions athletes, school districts and sports fans were confronted with during the pandemic. The event proved so popular it is being included as an annual gathering.

       “Last year we were just trying to throw together a meet, just to have a meet as we were having a tough time because of all the COVID restrictions,” Stringer said. “And it was so much fun we wanted to do it again… we were just looking for a good small meet under the lights.”

      Both schools athletes warmed up together and cheered each other on.

      Only four events were held. All were coed. For example, male shot put winner Mathias Wiederspohn, a Thunder Mountain senior, and female shot winner Mira Marthaler, a Juneau-Douglas senior, were not only throwing one after the other but also measuring other competitors throws.

      “It was great to see both teams getting in there, warming up and competing against each other,” Stringer said. “I think the shot put action over at the shot put ring was really good and it was really nice to have multiple events going at the same time…”

      Events running simultaneously as the shot put included the 100 meter dash (timed across five heats), the 1500 meters (a first for TMHS runners for school records), and the Sprint Medley Relay (relay legs of 100, 100, 200 and 400) that closed the meet.

      “That one was just a fun foot race,” Stringer said of the relay. “Just a flat out foot race where we kind of relax on the rules a little bit…”

      Results of the meet were not available by deadline.

      Next up for track and field fans is the Guy Thibodeau All Comers Meet at 1:15 p.m., Saturday, on the TMHS Track.

      The meet is open to community athletes wishing to challenge themselves against the Falcons and Crimson Bears or their own times, heights or distances. A $5 donation per event for community members at event sign ups will be split between TMHS and JDHS track teams. Sign up sheets will serve as heat sheets. All running events are run as finals - if more than one heat the top times will be compared for final results.

      Events begin at 10 a.m. in the TMHS main and auxiliary gyms with the high jump. Girls jump first, then boys. Outdoor events begin at 1:15 p.m. with boys discus, followed by girls discus; 1:30 p.m. - boys triple & long jump, followed by girls; 2 p.m. - boys and girls combined 4x100 relay; 2:15 p.m. - Coed 1600; 2:30 p.m. - boys shot, followed by girls shot; 2:30 p.m. boys 110 hurdles, followed by girls 100 hurdles; 2:55 p.m. - boys 100 followed by girls 100; 3:10 p.m. - boys 400, followed by girls 400; 3:30 p.m. - boys 300 hurdles, followed by girls 300 hurdles; 3:50 p.m. - boys 200, followed by girls 200; 4:10 p.m. - boys 800, followed by girls 800; and 4:30 p.m. - 4x400 relays.

      The only scheduled Southeast Region V high school home meet is the Capital City Invitational on May 6-7 at TMHS which will featured high schools from around Southeast. The Region V Track & Field Championships are at Ketchikan on May 20-21 and the ASAA State Track & Field Championships are in Anchorage, May 27-28.

      JDHS track team members include:

    Seniors - Cosley Bruno, James Connally, Tahlia Gerger, Aubrey Hekkers, Krisbenluissila Iona, Ki’yana Ivy, Trinity Jackson, Ashlie Jim Stringer, Colton Johns, Mira Marielle Marthaler, McKenna McNutt, Lindsay McTague, Annika Schwartz, Jake Sleppy and Celia Wheeler.

    Juniors - Kyle Dusenberry, Reece Dusenberry, Robert Gabel, Jayme Geary, Cara Hollingsworth, Finn Kesey, Tobin Montalbo, Ezekiel Taualo-Aliki and Skylar Tuckwood.

    Sophomores - Hannah Brennell, Hannah Dawson, Wilder Dillingham, Claire Durling, Etta Eller, Caden Johns, Paul King, Maisy Morley, Anita Morrison, Genevieve Pikul, Leif St. Clair, Remi Starks, Rayna Tuckwood, Edgar Vera Alvarado, Brendan West and Iris White.

    Freshmen - Parker Boman, Dashel Culbreth, Ingrid Higdon, Nicholas Iverson, Lincoln Johnson, Mary Johnson, Isaac Judy, Matthew Parise, Joshua Reed, Pacific Ricke, Bailey Roguska, Talia Schlosser, Dominic Wery Tagaban, Ferguson Wheeler, Eero Woolford and Snayder Zamora Escobar.

      Crimson Bears head coaches are Stringer, Daria Horne and Louis Tagaban. Assistant coaches are Zack Bursell, Chris King, Justin Miller, Parker Schroeder and Jenny Strumfeld.

      TMHS track team members include:

    Seniors - Samson Anderson, Darnell Bolanos, Thomas Boman, Gabriel Carabajal, Hailey Dompeling, Landon Guthrie, Audimyre (Sam) Horca, Matthew Johns, Gwendolynn Lockwood, Karthik Sanguni, Grace Sikes, Jayda Skeek, Sione Veikoso and Mathias Wiederspohn.

    Juniors - Maya Chaskin, Chase Darbonne, Deandrey Domingo, Sadie Jenkins, Jamal Johnson, Katharine Ortega, Aliyah Overturf, Justus Paden, Abira Raza, Jonathan Smith, Caleb Stiles, Aarin Tidd, Mallory Welling and Lucas White.

    Sophomores - Cedar Croteau, Anthony Garcia, Mackenzie Lam, Hayden Leggy-Smith, Jasmine Louwagie, Silvester Montez, Shaylen Montgomery, Sophia Owen, Ethan Reichl and Amy Welling.

    Freshmen - Cailynn Baxter, Kerra Baxter, Isabella Cullum, Matthew Godkin, Elijah Goins, Finley Hightower, Javier Jiminez Gomez, Johnathyn Kestel, Elijah Levy, Amy (Amelia) Lockwood, Quincy Malacas, Bruno Malecha, Kel Nord, Quinn Quiroga, Steffanie Reynoso, Leif Richards, Benjamin Sikes, Paul Smith and Hayden Soboleff.

      The Falcons head coach is Dwayne Duskin Jr. and assistant coaches are Brandi Adams and John Nagel.

    Above - TMHS senior Mathias Wiederspohn throws the shot on Firday at the Twilight Meet on Adair Kennedy Field. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)



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