Another meet, another set of perfect scores for the Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running teams.
The Crimson Bear boys and girls swept the top five spots in their respective races, earning perfect team scores of 15 to win Saturday's Ketchikan Invitational.
Senior captain Tristan Knutson-Lombardo led the Juneau boys with a winning time of 16 minutes, 8 seconds on the rolling 5-kilometer course along the shores of Ward Lake.
Juneau junior Tyler Dinnan was second in 16:17, followed by junior Wesley Dinnan in 16:59 and sophomore Ray Huebschen in 17:12. Crimson Bear senior Greg Frank rounded out the top five with a time of 17:36.
Across the board, many runners showed significant improvement over their times last year on the same course. Juneau coach Guy Thibodeau said Huebschen ran strong in Ketchikan for the second straight season.
"Last year in this race he made a big improvement and ran up closer to the main group, and he did the same thing today," Thibodeau said. "He's making some good progress."
Also moving up for Juneau was sophomore Nils Domke, who finished eighth in 17:54. Domke was nipped at the finish line of last weekend's Juneau Invitational by Sitka's George Wathen. In Ketchikan, Domke beat Wathen by 15 seconds.
Juneau freshman Andrew Flansaas finished 10th overall in 18:16, and senior Justin Jones was 13th in 18:26.
Mike Howell of Wrangell was the top non-Juneau finisher in the boys race; he finished sixth in 17:48. Sitka was the second-place team finisher with 74 points, followed by host Ketchikan with 80 points.
Junior Lexi Garvey and senior Megan Bush were out in front for the Juneau girls, with Garvey pulling away midway through the race and holding on for the win in 19:53. Bush was second in 20:07, closely followed by freshman Kirsten Jorgensen in 20:12.
"They worked really well together, and Kirsten was right up there with them," Juneau coach Merry Ellefson said of Garvey and Bush.
Juneau freshman Katie Krehlik was fourth in 20:19, and junior Jordan Moser finished fifth in 20:36.
"She stays strong and steady," Ellefson said of Moser. "She's running tough."
Junior Jordan Harvey was seventh in 20:50, freshman Isabel Bush took eighth in 21:09, junior Carly Craig finished 10th in 21:25, sophomore Brittany Lehnhart was 12th in 22:06 and freshman Libby Parker took 15th in 22:36.
Sara Poindexter of Sitka was the top non-Juneau girls finisher, taking sixth in 20:38. Haines finished second in the team standings with 93 points, followed by Ketchikan with 99.
Other schools at the meet included Petersburg, Kake, Craig, Metlakatla and Klawock. Complete results of Saturday's race will run later this week in the Empire.
The Crimson Bears split up next weekend, with the varsity heading to Anchorage for a meet at Dimond High School on Saturday and the junior varsity sticking closer to home with a meet in Haines on Friday.
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