Bears sweep Sitka Invite

TMHS finishes third in both races

Juneau-Douglas continued its cross-country dominance in Southeast on Friday after sweeping the boys’ and girls’ meets at the Sitka Invite, with David Francie and Sid Browning once again winning their respective races.


Thunder Mountain also had a successful meet, finishing third in both races. It was the highest finish ever for the TMHS girls in a 12-team meet after the Falcons full roster ran for the first time this season with one week to go before the region meet at Ketchikan on Saturday.

JDHS finished first on the boys’ side with 36 points, followed by Sitka’s 51, Thunder Mountain’s 93, Ketchikan’s 99, Mt. Edgecumbe’s 150, Wrangell’s 167, Craig’s 177, Klawock’s 229, Petersburg’s 251 and Metlakatla’s 278. Kake and Hydaburg finished 12th and 13th.

JDHS won the girls’ meet with 24 points. Sitka was seocnd with 56, TMHS third with 113, Ketchikan fourth with 114, Craig fifth with 117, Mt. Edgecumbe sixth with 127, Klawock seventh with 182 and Wrangell eighth with 199. Metlakatla, Kake, Skagway and Petersbug finished ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th, respectively.

Browning’s time of 20:06.98 bested Sitka’s Sidney Riggs (20:48.42) by better than 40 seconds. Cathy Mattson was the top TMHS finisher (21:52.84).

Francis completed the 5k course in 16:25.24, six seconds ahead of Sitka’s Niko Friedman (16:31.49). James Steeves was the top TMHS finisher (18:05.38).

Falcons coach Scott May said via email that his girls set four lifetime personal records, and the boys set 11.



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