A Juneau-Douglas High School cross country relay team of Wesley Dinnan, Molly Krehlik, Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Jayci Hayden and Gabe Hayden took ninth place at the Bartlett Relays, posting a combined time of 62 minutes, 45 seconds Saturday at Anchorage's Bartlett High School.
A total of 104 teams competed in this year's relays, which sent five-person relay teams - usually three boys and two girls - on a course that featured an assortment of obstacles like hay bales and water jumps. The event is used as a way for teams to assess their preparations for the fall season and get a glimpse of the competition.
"Beautiful weather, great conditions," Crimson Bear cross country coach Guy Thibodeau said of this year's relays. "It was a lot of fun."
A team from West Valley High School posted the top time this year, finishing the course in just under one hour, Thibodeau reported. A Dimond High School team took second place (exact times were not available).
Knutson-Lombardo, running the third leg for his team, was the top individual Juneau runner, completing the course in 11:26. Dinnan ran the first leg for the top Juneau team in 11:53, followed by Krehlik (13:32), Jayci Hayden on the fourth leg (13:58) and Gabe Hayden (11:56).
Three other Juneau teams competed in the relays, although their final placings were not available.
The next-highest Juneau team, finishing in 64:25, featured Chris Frank (11:53), Heidi Denton (13:55), Tyler Dinnan (12:07), Jordan Moser (14:10) and Philip Dierking (12:20).
Third for Juneau, in 66:51, was the team of Matt Fosket (12:48), Jordan Harvey (14:02), Tim Davin (12:13), Carly Craig (14:22) and Buckley Svinicki (13:26).
The final Juneau team, finishing in 73:10, included Justin Jones (13:17), Phoebe Rohrbacher (15:01), Greg Frank (14:15), Robert Vicario (15:23) and Nathan Woodring (15:16).
The Crimson Bears will travel to the Sitka Invitational next weekend. Juneau will host its only home meet of the season on Aug. 31 at its Treadwell Mine trail course.