Bears sweep Juneau Invite

JDHS freshman Iverson breaks out of pack with fifth-place finish

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2001

In its only home meet of the year, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams claimed victory at the Juneau Invitational on Saturday morning at the Treadwell Mine Trail.

The talent-rich Juneau girls dominated, scoring 30 points and outdistancing second-place Ketchikan with 42 points and Lake City High School of Coeur, d'Alene, Idaho, with 54 points for third place. For the boys, Juneau edged the Idaho team by just four points, 30-34, and Ketchikan took third with 95.

Juneau's Jesse Stringer made it look easy by winning the boy's five-kilometer (3.1-mile) race in 17 minutes, 5.31 seconds. Stringer's time was 54 seconds ahead of Skagway's Russell Bush, who placed second in 17:59.33. Idaho's Kyle Eisenhauer was third in 18:08.88 and teammate Dan Caetano was fourth in 18:09.28.

But it was freshman Bryce Iverson, who had been Juneau's No. 6 runner this year, who made the difference after he finished in fifth place with a time of 18:11.30.

 

"The biggest surprise today had Bryce," Crimson Bears head coach Guy Thibodeau said. "He's been training hard and making amazing leaps this year. That's why we come here. To see kids like Bryce do things like that."

"I haven't ever run that well before," Iverson said after his race. "It's pleasing to myself to move up from sixth place on the team. I'm welcomed to the team now."

Iverson attributed his newly found endurance and speed to drinking a lot of water and getting enough sleep. His performance was also uplifting to his teammates who were counting on the underclassman to solidify some depth on the boys squad this season.

"I'm real proud of our freshman," said teammate Brian Nowlin, who finished ninth place in 18:34.81. "It was great to see him (Iverson) up there. You can't ask for anything more."

 

"He (Iverson) filled in exactly where we needed him," Stringer said. "That's teamwork."

Iverson, Nowlin and Stringer were joined in the top 10 by teammates Axel Thibodeau (18:19.89) in seventh place and Blake Rider (18:32.29) in eighth place to round out the scoring members of the Crimson Bears. Other Juneau runners in the top 25 were Phillip Dierking in 13th place (18:54.81), Chris Frank in 21st (19:08.15) and Tristan Knutsen-Lombardo in 24th (19:21.50), giving Juneau eight finishers in the top 25.

Stringer was the most dominating athlete on the course Saturday. He started off easy, not going out too hard and slowly extended his lead throughout the race to almost a full minute.

"Jesse's in a class by himself," Thibodeau said about the two-time Region V-Class 4A champ.

 

"I took it out easy and kicked it out in the last half mile," Stringer said. "I kind of felt it a bit at the end."

Idaho made it interesting for the Juneau boys, placing four runners in the top 10 and their fifth runner placed 11th. Region V-Class 4A rivals Ketchikan and Sitka were in a distant third and fourth place, opening the door for the Crimson Bears to win yet another region title.

Sitka's top runner was Logan Wild in 12th place and Ketchikan's top runner was Stefan Hovik in 16th.

Juneau girls dominate as a team

The Juneau girls relied on good team running, placing five runners in the top 10, to overcome a victory by Ketchikan's Elisa Bolling, who won the girls race with a course-record 19:51.61.

The top-six girl's runners, including Juneau's Hilary Young, Molly Krehlik and Heidi Denton, stayed in a pack throughout most of the race and as the runners came out of the woods onto the trail, Bolling broke free and Idaho's Breanne Sandi followed.

Sandi started to fade in the last 200 meters and Krehlik and Young quickly made up ground. At the finish line Sandi just edged a streaking Young, who would have caught Sandi if the race had been another five feet longer. Krehlik finished just over a second later.

"I almost got her but I didn't," Young said. "I just think I need to start me kick early. Everybody was saying if I just started one second sooner, I would have got her. I'm glad I'm third."

"Hilary has so much speed," Guy Thibodeau said. "She's just got to stay closer. If she does, she can beat anyone at the finish."

Sandi's time was 19:56.14, while Krehlik and Young broke the 20-minute barrier with Young clocking in at 19:56.65 and Krehlik in at 19:58.43. Denton placed sixth with a time of 20:11.93, three seconds behind Ketchikan's Jody Jakubek in fifth at 20:09.75.

"I'm very happy to break 20 minutes and out of this mental thing," Krehlik said. "I got to the place on the course where it usually starts to hurt and it wasn't hurting."

"Me and Molly's goal was to run under 20 minutes. I'm really happy," Young said. "It was great to have Heidi with us all they way. In the other races, it was me and Molly, today it was me, Molly and Heidi."

Greta Thibodeau placed eighth at 21:06.49 and Brittany Rohm finished ninth at 21:23.24 for Juneau's No. 4 and 5 runners. Phoebe Rohrbacher placed 14th (21:52.12), Emily Krehlik placed 15th (21:53.70) and Elise Wahto finished 18th (23:19.74) to give the Crimson Bears a dominating seven runners in the top 15 and eight in the top 20.

"The kids did awesome," Guy Thibodeu said. "Two girls under 20 minutes. Things can change a lot through the season, but we like to see them running fast. It was a great grouping for our girls and to have a top three up front and two more was great."

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Jeff Kasper can be reached at jkasper@juneauempire.com.

JUNEAU INVITATIONAL

Results from the Juneau Invitational high school cross-country running meet held Saturday at the Treadwell Mine Trails in Douglas. The meet was sponsored by Juneau-Douglas High School and featured teams from Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway, Yakutat, Craig, Klawock, Kake and Metlakatla.

GIRLS

Team scores -- 1. Juneau-Douglas, 30 points; 2. Ketchikan, 42; 3. Lake City (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), 56; 4. Skagway, 122; 5. Yakutat, 140. Incomplete teams: Sitka, Craig, Klawock, Kake, Metlakatla.

Individual finishers (first names not available for all runners) -- 1. Elisa Bolling, Ket, 19:51.61; 2. Breanne Sandi, Idaho, 19:56.14; 3. Hilary Young, JD, 19:56.65; 4. Molly Krehlik, JD, 19:58.43; 5. Jody Jakubek, Ket, 20:09.75; 6. Heidi Denton, JD, 20:11.93; 7. Erin Nugent, Ket, 21:0322; 8. Greta Thibodeau, JD, 21:06.49; 9. Brittany Rohm, JD, 21:23.24; 10. Rachel Bates, Idaho, 21:28.39; 11. Anjuli Haydu, Craig, 21:57.55; 12. Chrissy Morris, Kake, 22:04.81; 13. Jessica Sterner, Idaho, 22:38.85; 14. Phoebe Rohrbacher, JD, 22:52.12; 15. Emily Krehlik, JD, 22:53.70; 16. Megan Lehman, Sitka, 23:09.45; 17. Sara Brandt-Erickson, Ket, 23:16.56; 18. Elise Wahto, JD, 23:19.74; 19. Amanda Hammermeister, Ket, 23:38.48; 20. Stephanie Claus, Craig, 24:02.62; 21. Molly Galbraith, Idaho, 24:10.21; 22. R. Folk, Idaho, 24:10.21; 23. K. Greenup, Ket, 24:15.56; 24. C. Morss, Idaho, 24:27.42; 25. S. Woodruff, Ket, 24:58.15;

26. A. Neterer, Ket, 24:58.50; 27. C. Ketterman, Skagway, 25:12.63; 28. Erin Flynn, JD, 25:16.80; 29. J. Johnson, Idaho, 25:17.63; 30. J. Carlson, Sitka, 25:22.99; 31. C. Case, Idaho, 25:24.14; 32. C. Tuinstre, Ket, 25:28.08; 33. Jo Marshall, JD, 25:38.24; 34. Can. Ketterman, Skagway, 25:39.00; 35. J. James, Yakutat, 25:41.34; 36. E. Roberts, Klawock, 25:48.16; 37. S. Ames, Skagway, 25:51.56; 38. R. Walton, Ket, 25:55.68; 39. T. Medel, Ket, 25:56.53; 40. A. Law, Skagway, 25:57.12; 41. R. Theard, Idaho, 26:06.53; 42. S. Buckingham, Klawock, 26:17.93; 43. K. McKeown, Idaho, 26:19.26; 44. K. Durgan, Craig, 26:22.93; 45. B. Sharp, Yakutat, 26:26.88; 46. A. Stage, Ket, 26:50.56; 47. C. Smith, Idaho, 27:06.23; 48. K. Ogan, Metlakatla, 27:08.01; 49. Linda Bruce, JD, 27:08.56; 50. M. Gregory, Kake, 27:39.22;

51. J. Agne, Sitka, 28:15.73; 52. D. Barton, Idaho, 28:38.86; 53. Col. Ketterman, Skagway, 28:42.56; 54. J. Sinka, Skagway, 28:43.17; 55. B. Thilo, Idaho, 29:22.10; 56. M. Colfland, Sitka, 29:24.29; 57. Sam Johnson, Yakutat, 29:29.74; 58. S. Earnest, Kake, 29:30.57; 59. Jessica Mikesell, JD, 30:06.50; 60. G. Blanchard, Skagway, 30:49.21; 61. Steph Johnson, Yakutat, 31:40.56; 62. M. James, Yakutat, 31:54.03; 63. K. Grieser, Skagway, 33:00.83.

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Team scores -- 1. Juneau-Douglas, 30 points; 2. Lake City (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), 34; 3. Ketchikan, 95; 4. Skagway, 97; 5. Sitka, 124; 6. Kake, 169; 7. Metlakatla, 192. Incomplete teams: Yakutat, Craig, Klawock.

Individual finishers (first names not available for all runners) -- 1. Jesse Stringer, JD, 17:05.31; 2. Russell Bush, Skagway, 17:59.33; 3. Kyle Eisenhauer, Idaho, 18:08.88; 4. Dan Caetano, Idaho, 18:09.28; 5. Bryce Iverson, JD, 18:11.30; 6. Joel Rade, Idaho, 18:16.96; 7. Axel Thibodeau, JD, 18:19.89; 8. Blake Rider, Idaho, 18:32.29; 9. Brian Nowlin, JD, 18:34.81; 10. Nick Morring, Idaho, 18:35.64; 11. Dana Sanford, Idaho 18:39.23; 12. Logan Wild, Sitka, 18:52.24; 13. Phillip Dierking, JD, 18:54.81; 14. George Howard, Sitka, 18:55.32; 15. Kyle Mulvihille, Skagway, 18:55.81; 16. Stefan Hovik, Ket, 18:56.20; 17. Jay Miller, Ket, 18:57.01; 18. Mason Fredrickson, Idaho, 18:58.65; 19. Adam Johnson, Craig, 19:01.77; 20. Nick Buley, Idaho, 19:02.58; 21. Chris Frank, JD, 19:08.15; 22. Anders Farsted, Ket, 19:15.82; 23. Chad Medel, Ket, 19:16.97; 24. Tristan Knutsen-Lombardo, JD, 19:21.50; 25. S. Endicott, Yakutat, 19:22.96;

26. H. Laws, Ket, 19:25.73; 27. Tim Davin, JD, 19:50.11; 28. McCluskey, Skagway, 19:51.05; 29. L. Jackson, Kake, 19:57.62; 30. G. White, Metlakatla, 19:58.52; 31. E. Moyer, Ket, 20:08.53; 32. J. Kilburn, Skagway, 20:09.52; 33. G. Henry, Skagway, 20:10.21; 34. M. Robecker, Ket, 20:22.00; 35. S. Totten, Sitka, 20:22.66; 36. P. Morrissey, Idaho, 20:43.44; 37. L. Davis, Ket, 20:46.34; 38. C. Rojas, Ket, 20:54.04; 39. S. Wilson, Idaho, 20:54.47; 40. Brian Smith, JD, 20:56.19; 41. C. Shockley, Skagway, 20:57.97; 42. Gabe Hayden, JD, 21:00.35; 43. F. Hamilton, Craig, 21:04.60; 44. M. Pate, Kake, 21:11.59; 45. C. Ginter, Ket, 21:12.77; 46. P. Pierce, Craig, 21:16.40; 47. J. Williams, Klawock, 21:24.15; 48. J. Moore, Skagway, 21:25.64; 49. A. McCluskey, Skagway, 21:31.99; 50. G. Hunter, Sitka, 21:34.89;

51. T. Wilson, Idaho, 21:38.25; 52. K. Reeder, Sitka, 21:42.45; 53. T. Demmert, Kake, 21:44.52; 54. Matt Voelckers, JD, 21:49.76; 55. T. Busby, Idaho, 21:50.44; 56. T. Sharp, Klawock, 21:56.25; 57. B. Westfall, Craig, 22:02.26; 58. T. Moyer, Ket, 22:09.95; 59. C. Mills, Kake, 22:15.10; 60. J. Fox, Idaho, 22:17.25; 61. A. Billy, Kake, 22:22.66; 62. J. Woolford, Sitka, 22:28.56; 63. K. Ellis, Skagway, 22:28.95; 64. M. Sensmeier, Yakutat, 22:40.66; 65. Jordan Gray, JD, 22:41.38; 66. T. Dwyer, Ket, 22:45.67; 67. F. Henderson, Metlakatla, 22:46.90; 68. M. Jewell, Skagway, 22:52.17; 69. R. Nathan, Metlakatla, 23:07.35; 70. D. James, Yakutat, 23:15.92; 71. C. Harris, Skagway, 23:28.08; 72. D. Graham, Ket, 23:32.15; 73. P. Peck, Idaho, 23:32.96; 74. K. Miller, Idaho, 23:37.50; 75. Greg Frank, JD, 24:03.06;

76. N. Moran, Metlakatla, 24:23.70; 77. L. Singsted, Ket, 24:33.04; 78. T. Demmert, Klawock, 24:43.00; 79. T. Knorr, Skagway, 25:03.93; 80. S. Maynard, Ket, 25:09.83; 81. B. Hayward, Metlakatla, 25:10.76; 82. Z. Forest, Sitka, 25:11.52; 83. W. Newlin, Ket, 25:23.49; 84. B. Cotton, Idaho, 25:41.97; 85. I. Peterson, Sitka, 26:25.21; 86. C. Nathan, Metlakatla, 26:37.02; 87. P. Edwards, Metlakatla, 28:45.71; 88. M. Ashenfelter, Kake, 29:49.46; 89. D. Fawcett, Metlakatla, 32:44.07.



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