Brandy Weston posted the top finish for Juneau-Douglas High School as both the Juneau boys and girls squads finished in the back of the pack at the Skyview Invitational track and field meet Friday and Saturday in Soldotna.
Weston, a junior distance runner, took fifth place in the girls 1,600 meters, posting a time of 5 minutes, 37.46 seconds. Erika Edwards of host Skyview won the race in 5:20.10.
The only other Juneau girls to place in the meet were senior Breea DeSloover, who took sixth in the 3,200 meters in 12:18.8 (won by Edwards in a season state-best time of 11:24.5), and the Juneau 3,200-meter relay team, which took sixth place with a time of 10:47.83 (Soldotna won in a state-best 10:16.14).
The Juneau boys were led by sophomore Jesse Stringer, who was the only Crimson Bear boy to place in the meet as he took sixth place in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:44.60 (Nikiski's Mario Bird won in a state-best 4:27.6).
Juneau only sent 13 athletes to the meet, which attracted runners, throwers and jumpers from 24 schools around the state in what is one of the largest regular-season meets for the season.
The Wasilla Warriors won the girls team title, posting 89 points to beat runner-up Colony with 77 and third-place Soldotna with 60 points. Service had 51 points, Kodiak had 42, to round out the top-five teams. Juneau's girls had five points to tie for 16th place with Anchorage Christian Schools.
The Colony Knights claimed the boys team championship with 91 points, followed by Kodiak with 71 points, Soldotna with 59, Grace Christian School with 33 and a tie for fifth place between Nikiski and Wasilla with 32 points each. Juneau took 18th place with one point.
Edwards was the only double-event winner for the girls, winning both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Judd Vierson of Glennallen was the only double-event winner for the boys, claiming titles in both the shot put and discus.
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