There are certainties in place for the 2013 cross-country running season and they were brought to light in Saturday’s JDHS/TMHS Treadwell Trails 5K Time Trial.
One is that the Juneau-Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School teams will be in another close race for the team titles.
Two is that the Crimson Bears and Falcons harriers can run in the rain, and the mud, and over stumps, and atop hills, and along trails.
Three is they can sprint, they can climb and they can pace. Four is the experience and the youth both teams possess. A red and black and a blue and silver singlet will qualify from the Region V Cross Country Championships in Sitka on September 28.
All of this bodes well for the State High School Cross Country Championships on October 5 at Anchorage’s Bartlett High School Trails.
The only uncertainty for the Crimson Bears and Falcons is which team will represent Southeast Alaska.
For the first time in, well, forever, over 90 runners are counted among the two school’s programs.
Saturday’s cross-town time trial showed some promising finishes on a weather-slowed course.
If scored out as a traditional race, the TMHS girl’s would have bested the Crimson Bears by a point; the same margin they claimed last season’s Region V title with.
“We figured also the boys would have been tight too,” Ellefson said. “It is pretty motivational as coaches to look at these results as it shapes or next month’s work (re: strength, speed and strategy). It is also exciting, as Scott (TMHS coach Scott May) and I agree, how many runners we have out in our two schools and everybody is getting better at the same thing, running.”
On the boy’s side the Crimson Bears went one-through-four with Riley Moser leading from start to finish with a time of 17 minutes, 18 seconds, and teammate Johnny Elliott staying within mud splatters of his teammate to finish seven seconds behind with a personal best time. This is impressive for the fact that usually Moser is pushed, and pushes, Falcons’ senior Khalil English. English rested this week and Moser was on his own.
Without English in the lead the Falcons dropped slightly back in the pack with Michael Lohrey placing fourth and Nicolas Wright fifth. Not detrimental in the early season but at Regions Ketchikan will be in the mix and runners will be shooting for a top 15 placing to qualify for Anchorage. What is promising for both squads is that 13 runners were under the 20-minute mark and five more under 21-minutes. JDHS’ Corey Box (FR., 18:54), Duncan Smith (SO., 19:01), Igor Healy (FR., 19:07) and Harrison Bibb (SO., 19:37) went seven-through-10 in the Saturday quagmire.
On the girls side someone forgot to tell Falcons’ junior Maddie Hall that the 800-meter race is later in the year. Hall went from the starting mud line, through the trail curves and back through the rain-soaked infield of Sandy Beach in 19-minutes flat, finishing almost two minutes in front of sophomore teammate Naomi Welling (20:52) and pushing that limit over Falcons’ senior Estee Dawson (21:32). The all-summer training trips of these three runners have turned the tide for a possible team heading to state.
The Crimson Bears are strengthened by the return of senior Mali Tomone to the trails. Tomone (22:25), classmate Eliza Walker (22:52), and teammates Leah Liebelt (JR., 23:08), Maddy Handley (SO., 23:24), Sam Heidersdorf (JR., 23:37), Abby Watts (FR., 24:04), Claire Uchtyl (FR., 24:12) and Kat Barrows (SO., 24:21) are going to make it very hard to not be representing Southeast at the State venue. Barrows pushed the JDHS pace early in the race to get teammates on step, something the team has been working on early in the season.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen when we add in the other SE teams,” Ellefson said. “But next weekend will give us a preview and we’re excited to build week by week on what happened at Sandy Beach yesterday. It was pretty special and important for all of our athletes to have a time trial in town with our biggest competitors as most teams up north had large invites yesterday.”
At Saturday’s Skyview Invitational in Soldotna, a gathering of top 4A powers, Kenai’s Allie Ostrander, the defending state champion blazed the competition in 17:15 with second place Alex Mathis of Wasilla finishing in 19:00. The boy’s side featured Kodiak’s Levi Thomet and Levi Fried going one and two (16:12 and 16:18, respectively), and 21 runners finishing under 17 minutes.
JDHS/TMHS TREADWELL 5K TIME TRIAL RESULTS
1. Riley Moser, JD(JR), 17:18; 2. Johnny Elliott, JD(JR), 17:25; 3. Brian Holst, JD(SO), 17:40; 4. Ali Arthur, JD(SO), 18:11; 5. Michael Lohrey, TM(JR), 18:17; 6. Nicolas Wright, TM(SR), 18:42; 7. Corey Box, JD(FR), 18:54; 8. Duncan Smith, JD(SO), 19:01; 9. Igor Healy, JD(FR), 19:07; 10. Harrison Bibb, JD(SO), 19:37; 11. Rafael Sales, TM (SR), 19:44; 12. Torrey Weibi, TM(SR), 19:54; 13. Malik Brown, JDS(SR), 19:55; 14. Marshall Shapland-Murray, JD(FR), 20:15; 15. Ben Undurraga, JD(FR), 20:19; 16. Brendan Pietz, TM(JR), 20:24; 17. Nick Heidersdorf, JD(FR), 20:30; 18. Corbin Mitchell, JD(SO), 20:58; 19. James Cheng, JD(SO), 21:19; 20. Max Suzuki, TM(SO), 21:27; 21. Ben Garrett, TM(SO), 21:30; 22. Ryan Liebelt, JD(FR), 21:35; 23. Noah Machakos, JD(SO), 22:04; 24. Simon Marks, JD(FR), 22:12; 25. Soren Thompson, JD(SO), 22:22; 26. Jack White, JD(FR), 22:46; 27. Bradly Peterson, TM(SR), 22:47; 28. William Wallace, TM(FR), 22:48; 29. Matthew Woodland, JD(FR), 22:56; 30. Jeran Willis, JD(SO), 23:02; 31. Mason Smith, TM(FR), 23:14; 32. Zane Weiler, JD(SO), 24:05; 33. Jamie Barnhill, TM(JR), 24:34; 34. Sho Martin, TM(FR), 24:38; 35. Aakash Bathija, JD(SO), 25:13; 36. Jason Nicols, JD(SO), 26:10; 37. Tomi Katona, JD(JR), 26:53; 38. Abdullah Husain, JD(JR), 29:16; 39. Dante Bonaccorso, JD(SO), 29:29; 40. Taylor Dallas, TM(SO), 30:08.
1. Maddie Hall, TM(JR), 19:00; 2. Naomi Welling, TM(SO), 20:52; 3. Estee Dawson, TM(SR), 21:32; 4. Mali Tamone, JD(SR), 22:25; 5. Eliza Walker, JD(SR), 22:52; 6. Leah Liebelt, JD(JR), 23:08; 7. Maddy Handley, JD(SO), 23:24; 8. Sam Heidersdorf, JD(JR), 23:37; 9. Abby Watts, JD(FR), 24:04; 10. Claire Uchtyl, JD(FR), 24:12; 11. Kat Barrows, JD(SO), 24:21; 12. Dunya Hermann, TM(SO), 24:58; 13. Alicia Norton, JD(JR), 25:04; 14. Jesse Greg, JD(FR), 25:20; 15. Rhys Coffee, TM(SR), 25:30; 16. Raven Ward, JD(FR), 25:38; 17. Nellie Wayne, JD(FR), 25:44; 18. Krysten Mossburg, TM(SO), 26:40; 19. Iris Light, TM(JR), 27:56; 20. Brianna Sievenpiper, JD(SO), 28:45; 21. Casey Jackson, JD(SR), 30:35; 22. Katie Buchanen, JD(SO), 32:08; 23. KJ Jackson, TM(SO), 32:40; 24. Sarah Strickler, TM(SR), 33:34; 25. McLain Sidmore, JD(FR), 24:14.