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The Juneau-Douglas High School junior varsity cross country teams each took second place at the Wrangell Invitational against the varsity rosters of almost every other Southeast school on Saturday.
Tristan Knutson-Lombardo won the boys race in a time of 17 minutes, 32 seconds, but the Crimson Bears' score of 57 points fell just three points shy of Ketchikan's winning 54 points. Sitka's varsity placed third with 89 points, followed by Wrangell (95), Haines (101), Craig (132), Petersburg (158) and Metlakata (218).
"It was the most challenging conditions I have ever seen," Juneau assistant coach Merry Ellefson said. "We got there 10 minutes before the girls had to run and it was raining and blowing. The girls had it tough and I'm really proud of all the kids."
Knutson-Lombardo's time of 17:32 was 15 seconds ahead of the 17:47 posted by Ketchikan's Jay Miller, and 25 seconds ahead of the 17:57 recorded by Ketchikan's Stefan Hovik in third place. Juneau's Chris Frank was fourth in 18:03, Tim Davin was 15th in 18:45, Carl Lundquist was 18th in 18:56 and Will Horton was 19th in 18:59 to round out Juneau's scoring runners.
Other Juneau runners were Gabe Hayden, who was 20th in 19:05, and Brian Smith, who was 24th in 19:27.
For the girls, Emily Krehlik broke up a perfect score by the winning Ketchikan team by edging Ketchikan's Sara Brandt-Erickson for fifth place.
The Ketchikan girls, who will challenge the Crimson Bears varsity for the Region V title this year, had the first four finishers. But Krehlik outran Brandt-Erickson by one mere second to take away the perfect score from the Kings.
Krehlik's time of 21:57 led the Juneau girls, who placed second with 44 points, behind Ketchikan's 16. Only two schools fielded a full team for the girls race.
Elise Wahto placed 10th in 22:18, Erin Flynn was 15th in 23:24, Jo Marshall was 18th in 23:47 and Abby Lawson was 28th in 25:57 for the Crimson Bears' scoring runners. Linda Bruce placed 29th in 25:59 and Jessica Mikesell place 33rd in 26:48 to round out Juneau runners.
Defending Region V champion Jodi Jakubek won the race in 19:32, a time 1:43 faster than second-place runner Erin Nugent, also of Ketchikan.
Results can be found on the scoreboard on page 10.