The Juneau-Douglas High School track team had a chance to see where it stood among Region V teams when the Crimson Bears opened their season two weekends ago with a sweep of the Sitka Invitational.
Now the Crimson Bears are ready to see where they stack up with the rest of the state. A group of 23 Juneau athletes will compete in this weekend's Skyview Invitational in Soldotna, a meet featuring 21 of the state's track teams. The meet opens today and concludes Saturday.
"This will give us a chance to see where we are in comparison (to the others)," Juneau head coach Scott May said. "It'll give us a chance to see how we do in a big-meet situation."
The Crimson Bears easily won the boys and girls titles two weeks ago at the Sitka Invitational, with the boys beating runner-up Sitka 111-60 and the girls topping runner-up Sitka 108-69.
Despite running on what May politely called an "undulating dirt track," Juneau had some of its distance runners earn spots in the first statewide rankings put together by the Anchorage Daily News (the list ran on April 17).
Sophomore Tristan Knutson-Lombardo ranked sixth in the 1,600 meters and second in the 3,200, just ahead of Juneau senior Gabe Hayden in third in the 3,200. The only other Southeast boy to be ranked was Sitka's Greg Hunter, who was tied for second in the high jump.
In the girls rankings, Juneau freshman Jaci Hayden ranked third in the 3,200, just ahead of fourth-place senior teammate Molly Krehlik. Sophomore Heather Bennett ranked third in the 200 meters, while freshman Claire Gross was tied for second in the high jump. Juneau's girls 400-meter relay team