Sitka and Thunder Mountain SE Track & Field Region Champions

    In Track & Field action this weekend, teams from around Southeast met at Thunder Mountain to determine the 2016 small and Large School Track & Field Region Champions.

    Posted Monday, May 23rd, 2016 6:53am by Lori James

    In Track & Field action this weekend, teams from around Southeast met at Thunder Mountain to determine the 2016 small and Large School Track & Field Region Champions.

    In the four divisions, Sitka and Thunder Mountain ran away with the titles.  The girls small schools division winner was Sitka, with 232 points, finishing ahead of Petersburg’s 156 points. Haines, Gustavus, Yakutat and Thorne Bay rounded out the girls division.  The boys small school championship also went to Sitka, with their team finishing first with 203 points over Petersburg’s 140, followed by Haines, Thorne Bay, Gustavus and Skagway.  In the large school division, Thunder Mountain Girls took the Region title, doubling the number points put up by Ketchikan, 102 to 50.  Juneau -Douglas rounded out the large school field.  On the boys side, Thunder Mountain also came away with it’s 5th consecutive championship by beating a strong Ketchikan team with a score of 90 to 50.  Juneau Douglas finishing third with 31 points. All teams had strong performances and will be represented at the State Championship Meet this weekend, with Juneau Douglas sending 10 athletes and Thunder  Mountain sending 25 athletes who will compete in 60 events.

    Many local athletes qualified for the State Championship this weekend at Dimond High School in Anchorage. Thunder Mountain and Juneau Douglas athletes needed to win their individual event or be one of the next 12 best in the State.  Juneau Douglas  was led by 800 meter winner Ryan Moritz and Triple Jump winner Duncan Smith.  Juneau Douglas also qualified it’s 4x800 meter Relay, which goes into next weekend ranked 5th.  In qualifying 25 athletes to this weekend’s State Meet, Thunder Mountain set 6 new Region Records, including Aidan Hildebrand who broke the 100 meter record which was set 26 years ago by Juneau Douglas’s James Moore. Records continued to fall as Naomi Welling won four events, including three Region Records.  Other Region Records were established by Thunder Mountain’s 4x100 meter relay, which goes into the weekend ranked 2nd in the State, as well as it’s 4x200 meter relay which is seeded first with the fastest time heading into the Championship Meet. Both teams travel together to Anchorage Thursday morning, and will return Sunday just in time for graduation.

    Both Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain fielded Special Olympic “Unified” teams embedded within their teams.  In this program, Special Olympic Athletes are paired with Partners from each team to create unified teams that compete together during meets throughout the season.  They worked hard to qualify for the State Championship Meet during this past weekend’s Region Championships. Thunder Mountain’s 4x100 Relay of Will Weinleader, Ben Landes, Justin Sleppy and Andrew DeGroat placed first.  The girls long jump pair of Brianna Fallis and Ashleigh Neal placed first in their event.  The winning pair in the 100 Meter dash was Will Weinleader and Ben Landes.  Other participants included a team from Thorne Bay as well as another Juneau Douglas pair consisting of Justin Miller and David Timothy.  All of these athletes earned spots in the State Championship Meet and will be traveling together with their teams to compete within the actual State Championship Meet this weekend at Dimond High School in Anchorage. 

    (Content provided by Scott May - Physical Education Teacher/Coach with the Juneau School District)

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