It wasn't until after she won Saturday's Juneau Invitational that Juneau-Douglas High School sophomore Katie Krehlik found out she broke the course record on the Treadwell Historic Trails.
Krehlik had just covered the 5-kilometer course (3.1 miles) in 19 minutes, 18.57 seconds. As she walked through the cool-down area, Juneau co-coach Merry Ellefson pulled Krehlik aside to tell her she broke the 2002 record of 19:44 set by Krehlik's older sister, Molly.
"Not till Merry told me. I don't know records," Krehlik said. "I think it's kinda cool."
Krehlik took the lead early in Saturday's race and was lapping other runners by her second circuit of the course's inner loop. Juneau sophomore Kirsten Jorgensen took second place in 19:42.08, which also was faster than Molly Krehlik's old record.
"We have gotten a lot faster, at least Katie and I," Jorgensen said. "We've got Katie to push us."
The two Juneau runners were followed by Haines sophomore J.J. Lende in 19:59.36, Haines freshman Stoli Lende in 20:12.95 and Juneau senior Jordan Moser in 20:25.29.
The host Crimson Bears easily won the girls team title Saturday by putting five runners in the top 10 finishers to score 28 points. Haines, Sitka, Ketchikan and Petersburg rounded out the top five teams.
In the boys race, Juneau senior Tyler Dinnan passed twin brother Wesley before the pack went into the woods and pulled away from the field to win by 30 seconds. Tyler Dinnan posted a time of 16:28.24, while Wesley Dinnan took second place in 16:58.59.
"One of my goals was to not look back," Tyler Dinnan said. "I passed him on the first part, and I could hear him behind me for the first mile. I used his footsteps as a gauge."
"I felt fine, no excuses," Wesley Dinnan said. "He took the lead into the woods, and that first mile I was pretty close. He's getting better about not looking back. During track, he was looking back all the time."
Haines sophomore Chandler Kemp finished third in 17:20 , and he was closing on Wesley Dinnan at the end of the race. Juneau's Andrew Flansaas was fourth in 17:39 and Juneau's Nils Domke took fifth place in 17:39.
"Last year I didn't train as much," said Kemp, who also grew five inches since his freshman year. "At the Sitka meet (last week) I knew I was close and I could keep up. I finished stronger this week."
The two-time defending Class 4A state champion Crimson Bear boys had six runners finish in the top eight to easily claim the team title with 19 points. Sitka had three runners crack the top 10 to take second-place overall. Haines, Ketchikan and Wrangell rounded out the top five.
The event was the only home meet of the season for the Crimson Bears, who were happy to see a little sun peek through the clouds during the two races.
"It's a fun meet. It's early in the season so there's not a lot of pressure on us," Tyler Dinnan said. "It's nice to be at home, especially when you do satisfactorily for yourself."
"It's awesome hearing your name being called out on the course," Jorgensen said. "When we're on the road, it's never my name being called."
Look in Monday's edition for complete team and individual results from the meet.
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