Try Your Track Skills Saturday!

    Juneau-Douglas High School: Kalé sophomore Remi Starks reaches for a baton from junior Skylar Tuckwood during practice, Friday, on the Thunder Mountain Falcons Stadium track. (Klas Stolpe/KINY)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Glory Day-ers, couch potatoes, up-and-comers and those pursuing personal best times, the Juneau-Douglas High School: Kalé and Thunder Mountain track teams challenge you to test your track and field skills in the friendly Guy Thibodeau All Comers Track & Field Meet, Saturday, on Falcons Stadium field.

      JDHS coach Jess Stringer said the meet is a fundraiser for the JDHS and TMHS track teams an a return to pre-COVID-19 meets.

      “After the last two seasons where we had quite a few, well, pun intended, hurdles to overcome,” JDHS coach Jesse Stinger said. “Just getting through seasons where we were having to wear a mask or we couldn’t get to meets, we are just so excited to have meets…”

      The Guy Thibodeau All Comers meet has been one of the community's favorite events and aside from earning bragging rights for at least the day, competitors get the chance to rub elbows and liniments with the athletes who will represent the capital city during the high school season.

      Guy Thibodeau was a former and long-time JDHS track and field coach and responsible for many young male and female athletes developing a love for the sport and becoming pillars in the community and beyond.

      Outside action begins at 1:15 p.m., Saturday, on the Falcons Stadium 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 the 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. 

      The only indoor event, the high jump, begins at 10 a.m. in the TMHS main and auxiliary gyms. Females jump first, then males. 

      The first outdoor event at 1:15 p.m. is the male athletes spinning and throwing the discus, followed by the females.

     Following are the next event times:

      1:30 p.m. - male triple & long jump, followed by females.

      2 p.m. - male and female combined 4x100 relay.

      2:15 p.m. - Coed 1600 - event is run with both male and female athletes leaving the starting line at the gun and at the same time.

      2:30 p.m. - male shot, followed by female shot.

      2:30 p.m. male 110 hurdles, followed by female 100 hurdles.

      2:55 p.m. - male 100 followed by female 100.

      3:10 p.m. - male 400, followed by female 400.

      3:30 p.m. - male 300 hurdles, followed by female 300 hurdles.

      3:50 p.m. - male 200, followed by female 200.

      4:10 p.m. - male 800, followed by females 800.

      4:30 p.m. - 4x400 relays.

      Perspective competitors only need to show up and sign up to participate.

      In the words of the meet's namesake, Thibodeau, “Just get out there and give it a shot!”

      The only scheduled Southeast Region V high school home meet is the Capital City Invitational on May 6-7 at TMHS, which will feature high schools from around Southeast. 

      Meets that JDHS and TMHS will attend include Sitka, April 29-30, and Haines, May 13-14.

      The Region V Track & Field Championships are at Ketchikan, May 20-21, and the ASAA State Track & Field Championships are in Anchorage, May 27-28.

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