The Team Alaska snowshoeing squad, mostly comprising Juneau-Douglas High School students, cleaned up in the first two days of competition at the Arctic Winter Games.
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Team Alaska won seven individual snowshoeing gold ulus, the Arctic Winter Games' version of a gold medal, and finished 1-2 in the 4x400 meter junior mixed relay on Monday and Tuesday at Skyview High School. Four of the seven individual golds were won by JDHS athletes.
Crimson Bears senior Tyler Dinnan struck gold in the junior male combined by placing first in two of the three events and amassing 2,983 points on Monday. Dinnan was awarded the gold on the following day when the times were finalized. In the combined, athletes must compete in the three different sprints and are awarded points based on finish.
Dinnan won the 100-meter sprint in 17.03 seconds and the 400 meters in 1:21.84. He took second in the 1,500 meters in 6:26.23.
Dinnan, the Class 4A state cross country champion, won the 5-kilometer gold on Tuesday with a time of 22:47.02.
Dinnan's twin brother, Wesley, won silver in the junior boys combined and the 5K. Wesley Dinnan finished second to Tyler in the 100 and 400 and won the 1,500 in Monday's combined.
In the junior female category, Juneau's Isabel Bush won all three sprints to take gold with a perfect score of 3,000. Bush won the 100 in 21 seconds, took the 400 in 1:40.18 and finished the 1,500 with a winning time of 7:57.20. She also struck gold in the 5K, finishing in 28:33.08.
Team Alaska and Crimson Bears teammate Carly Craig won silver in the combined by finishing second in all three events. Craig also won bronze in Tuesday's 5K with a time of 29:39.03.
Haines athlete Chandler Kemp won gold in the juvenile male combined by taking first place in all three events for 3,000 points. He also won gold in the 2.5 K on Tuesday.
Team Alaska member and Juneau-Douglas student Hunter Brown grabbed silver in both the combined and 2.5 K.
Haines' J.J. Lende won gold in the juvenile girls 2.5 K and took silver in Monday's combined.
Team Alaska also finished 1-2 in the 4x400 junior mixed relay on Monday. Alaska 1 won gold in 6:34.68 while Alaska 2 claimed the silver in 6:43.62.
The team is coached by Juneau-Douglas High School cross country coaches Guy Thibodeau and Merry Ellefson.
In other Arctic Winter Games action, Juneau table tennis player Wesley Bowman finished third in his preliminary pool on Monday.
Bowman defeated Team Yukon's Ben Barrett-Forrest 3-1 before falling to Nunavut's Colin McLean and Greenland's Malik Sandgreen.
In basketball, Team Alaska split two games on Monday. Alaska defeated Nunavut 72-52 but lost to Team Yukon 88-80. Juneau's Tyler Bergmann scored seven points in the two games.
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