ANCHORAGE - The Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team finished fourth Saturday in the Bartlett Relays after three-time defending girls' state champion Leah Francis dominated the anchor leg of the race, picking up time and flying bycompetitors.
The Crimson Bears' A-team, consisting of Jesse Miller (14:13), Anika Ord (16:59), Zach Bursell (13:49) and Francis (NA) stood about 10th heading into the final 2.3-mile leg of the race, coach Guy Thibodeau said, when Francis took over and kicked past several competitors down the stretch.
"It's fun when you have other people with you on a relay because it's more motivating," Francis said. "I got to pick up slack and pass tons of people, so it was really exciting."
Though full results and times are not yet available,Service finished first, followed by Kodiak second, West third, Juneau-Douglas, Lathrop fifth and Grace Christian sixth. There were 18 schools total competing.
"The Service boys were really strong, and their girls held their own, too, for a pretty convincing win," Thibodeau said. "But our kids, after a long road trip, were a little fatigued. But it was a good opening meet for them."
A Team - Jesse Miller, 14:13; Anika Ord, 16:59; Zach Bursell, 13:49; Leah Francis, NA.
B Team - Robin Woodby, 14:11; Karissa Jackson, 18:19; Ian Andrews, 15:24; Alice Ottoson, NA.
C Team - Dawson Walker, 15:39; Alison Delabruere, 19:34; Kit Cummins, 17:41, Elena Dolitsky, NA.
D Team - Lia Domke, 22:01; Mary Gianotti, 21:03; Andrew Gianotti, 16:44; Sarah Donahoe, NA.
Mixed Team - Martina Miller, NA.