The Juneau-Douglas High School girls track and field team pulled off a shocker Saturday by winning the Skyview Invitational Track Meet.
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The Crimson Bears' girls edged Colony by one point to win the title while the boys placed third overall. Kodiak won the boys event with 119 points, Kenai took second at 99 and Juneau-Douglas finished with 65.5.
With the 1,600-meter relay event left, JDHS coach Scott May said he heard the track announcer proclaim that the girls held a three-point lead over the Knights with just the relay to go.
"We thought it was a mistake," May said.
It wasn't and the relay team responded with an inspired performance. The team of Jordan Harvey, Evelyn Fisher, Katie Krehlik and Lexi Garvey took second in the race in 4 minutes, 26.76 seconds. Colony won the race, but JDHS sealed the title with its finish. JDHS amassed 73 points to Colony's 72.
Krehlik enjoyed an outstanding day. The sophomore sealed two first-place finishes individually.
Krehlik won the 800 in 2:33.96 and the 3,200 in 12:01.82, more than seven minutes better than second place Denali Foldager of Seward.
"She used some good tactics out there," May said. "She did some smart running. It was windy out there and she ran some smart races."
Fisher finished second in the 200 and 400 while Jordan Harvey took third place in the 300 hurdles.
For the boys, the team took third behind a powerful Kodiak squad and Kenai.
Junior captain Levi Benning hit the ground running by winning both hurdles events in the season's first meet.
Benning set a new school record in the 110 hurdles by finishing in 14.69. He also won the 300 hurdles in 40.85, beating Kenai's Jed McGlasson in 42.17.
"The 300 hurdles was good and he won by a safe margin," May said of Benning. "That was with some stuttering in there so that has to give him some confidence."
Benning also teamed up with Wesley Dinnan, Tyler Dinnan and Justin Jones to help the Crimson Bears win the 1600 relay in 3:40.26.
"That was a phenomenal time," May said.
Wesley Dinnan won the 1,600 in 4:34.17 with Tyler finishing fourth. Wesley Dinnan also took the 3,200.
Also for the Juneau-Douglas boys team, Hunter Brown shaved seven seconds off his personal best in the 400.
JDHS will compete in its one and only home meet of the year starting Friday.
Look for complete results from Saturday's meet in Monday's Empire.
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