The Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team opened its season with a third-place finish at the Bartlett Relays on Saturday.
"It was a great first meet for us," Juneau-Douglas head cross country coach Guy Thibodeau said. "It was great to see that we can run with the top teams in the state. The only team that wasn't there was West."
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The mixed relay team of Brian Nowlin, Molly Krehlik, Blake Rider, Hilary Young and Jesse Stringer posted a time of one hour, fifteen seconds (1:00:15). The team from Soldotna won with a winning time of 59:40 while Chugiak took second with a time of 59:56. Two other Juneau squads also competed, but did not place in the top five.
"The kids ran really well and it was a real exciting race for the title," Thibodeau said. "Brian (Nowlin) ran a good solid leadoff leg, then Molly (Krehlik) took off and she ran a good leg."
Soldotna's Kyle McBride ran a blistering anchor leg to catch and pass Chugiak's Brian Knowles for the title, who led by 15 seconds entering the last leg.
Stringer anchored the Juneau team but was not able to catch McBride, although he did make up some time on Knowles.
Complete results were not available from race organizers, who cited computer problems. Bartlett High cross country coach Eric Lowman said he hopes to have results posted soon on the Bartlett website.