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Juneau runners sweep Ketchikan Invitational

Posted: Sunday, September 09, 2001

Perfection. The Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country team was only one runner from nearly achieving this feat this weekend.

The top five boys Crimson Bears all finished in the top six during the Ketchikan Invitational on Saturday. Only Skagway's Russell Bush's second-place finish spoiled the all-Juneau rout.

Still the Crimson Bear boys easily won the weekend race, posting 19 points to 81 for runner-up Ketchikan. Skagway took third place with 100 points, followed by Wrangell with 137, Sitka in fifth place with 160 points, Petersburg with 171, Craig with 185, Mount Edgecumbe with 192, Kake with 200 and Metlakatla in 10th place with 281 points.

"We ran together as a pack," said Jesse Stringer, who finished first in the race with a time of 17 minutes, 14 seconds over the five-kilometer course. "We just have a good team this year and we have what it takes."

Bush took second place in 17:27, and was followed by Juneau's Bryce Iverson in 17:28, Tristan Knutson-Lombardo in 17:45, Axel Thibodeau in 17:55 and Blake Rider in 18:00 for sixth place. Brian Nowlin took ninth place in 18:07 for the Crimson Bears, with Chris Frank 11th in 18:10 and Phillip Dierking 14th in 18:16.

The boys team is gelling at exactly the right time, since regional and state championships are coming up soon.

"We just wanted to come here and show what we are made of." Stringer said.

Juneau's victory was helped by a strong personal effort by Knutson-Lombardo. Knutson-Lombardo, a freshman who was the eighth runner on Juneau's team, ran himself to a fourth-place finish overall this weekend.

"I trained this summer and I hoped to make varsity," Knutson-Lombardo said of his sudden success. "Within the last two weeks I did a lot of interval training."

The girls team also won the Invitational by edging out a tough Ketchikan squad. Juneau scored 25 points, with Ketchikan in second with 30. Sitka took third place with 129 points, followed by Wrangell with 133, Mount Edgecumbe with 135 and Skagway with 139 points.

Hilary Young spearheaded the Juneau win with a personal-best time of 19:27 and a second-place overall finish. Young finished three seconds behind Ketchikan's Elisa Bolling, who won the race in 19:24.

Ketchikan's Jody Jakubek took third place in 19:30, followed by the Juneau trio of Molly Krehlik in 19:44, Heidi Denton in 19:46 and Greta Thibodeau in 20:13 for sixth place. Brittany Rohm took ninth in 20:40, Phoebe Rohrbacher was 13th in 21:42, Emily Krehlik took 15th in 21:54 and Elise Wahto was 17th in 22:05 to round out the rest of the Crimson Bears.

Crediting Juneau's pack running as the difference maker, Young said, "With pack running, the faster runners can push and encourage the slower runners along -- allowing for a better team score."

The pack was momentarily disrupted however when Juneau's Molly Krehlik fell. But she quickly recovered and still managed to finish fourth.

The Crimson Bears have just one regular-season meet left, this coming Saturday in Skagway. Then it's on to the Region V-Class 4A Championships on Sept. 22 in Sitka, followed by the Class 4A state championships on Sept. 29 in Palmer.

KETCHIKAN INVITATIONAL

Results from the Ketchikan Invitational high school cross country meet held Saturday in Ketchikan.

GIRLS

Team scores -- 1. Juneau-Douglas, 25 points; 2. Ketchikan, 30; 3. Sitka, 129; 4. Wrangell, 133; 5. Mount Edgecumbe, 135; 6. Skagway, 139. Incomplete teams: Kake, Petersburg, Craig, Yakutat, Klawock, Metlakatla.

Individual finishers (first names not available for all runners) -- 1. Elisa Bolling, Ketchikan, 19 minutes, 24 seconds; 2. Hilary Young, JDHS, 19:27; 3. Jodi Jakubek, Ketchikan, 19:30; 4. Molly Krehlik, JDHS, 19:44; 5. Heidi Denton, JDHS, 19:46; 6. Greta Thibodeau, JDHS, 20:13; 7. Chrissy Morris, Kake, 20:32; 8. Erin Nugent, Ketchikan, 20:34; 9. Brittany Rohm, JDHS, 20:40; 10. Anjuli Haydu, Craig, 20:49; 11. Sara Brandt-Erickson, Ketchikan, 21:39; 12. Amanda Hammermeister, Ketchikan, 21:39; 13. Phoebe Rohrbacher, JDHS, 21:42; 14. A. Streuli, Petersburg, 21:47; 15. Emily Krehlik, 21:54; 16. Morgan Lehman, Sitka, 21:55; 17. Elise Wahto, JDHS, 22:05; 18. Brook Williams, Wrangell, 22:18; 19. S. Claus, Craig, 22:33; 20. C. Greenup, Ketchikan, 22:55; 21. Jessica Carlson, Sitka, 23:27; 22. B. Sharp, Yakutat, 23:35; 23. Kristy Brown, Wrangell, 23:46; 24. B. Loesch, Petersburg, 23:48; 25. A. Neterer, Ketchikan, 23:49;

26. D. Hughes, Mount Edgecumbe, 23:56; 27. J. McKay, Petersburg, 24:01; 28. C. Tuinstra, Ketchikan, 24:06; 29. L. Mackie, Craig, 24:11; 30. A. Law, Skagway, 24:16; 23. L. Garbisan, Wrangell, 24:18; 32. S. Ames, Skagway, 24:19; 33. C. Ketterman, Skagway, 24:22; 34. S. Buckingham, Klawock, 24:33; 35. M. Gregory, Kake, 24:40; 36. R. Motto, Mount Edgecumbe, 25:07; 37. G. Ashenfelter, Mount Edgecumbe, 25:19; 38. E. Roberts, Klawock, 25:33; 39. K. Durgan, Craig, 25:37; 40. E. Morris, Mount Edgecumbe, 25:38; 41. A. Stage, Ketchikan, 26:06; 42. M. Stahla, Sitka, 26:21; 43. J. Agne, Sitka, 26:23; 44. K. Ogan, Metlakatla, 26:24; 45. T. Medel, Ketchikan, 26:36; 46. C. Ketterman, Skagway, 26:37; 47. N. Lewis, Metlakatla, 26:52; 48. S. Johnson, Yakutat, 27:21; 49. S. Earnest, Kake, 27:38; 50. S. Johnson, Yakutat, 28:09.

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Team scores -- 1. Juneau-Douglas, 19 points; 2. Ketchikan, 81; 3. Skagway, 100; 4. Wrangell, 137; 5. Sitka, 160; 6. Petersburg, 171; 7. Craig, 185; 8. Mount Edgecumbe, 192; 9. Kake, 200; 10. Metlakatla, 281. Incomplete teams: Yakutat, Klawock.

Individual finishers -- 1. Jesse Stringer, JDHS, 17:14; 2. Russell Bush, Skagway, 17:27; 3. Bryce Iverson, JDHS, 17:28; 4. Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, JDHS, 17:45; 5. Axel Thibodeau, JDHS, 17:55; 6. Blake Rider, JDHS, 18:00; 7. Jay Miller, Ketchikan, 18:01; 8. Kyle Mulvihille, Skagway, 18:06; 9. Brian Nowlin, JDHS, 18:07; 10. C. Jung, Mount Edgecumbe, 18:09; 11. Chris Frank, JDHS, 18:10; 12. G. Howard, Sitka, 18:11; 13. S. Endicott, Yakutat, 18:12; 14. Phillip Dierking, JDHS, 18:16; 15. D. Wilson, Wrangell, 18:20; 16. H. Laws, Ketchikan, 18:20; 17. Logan Wild, Sitka, 18:21; 18. S. Hovik, Ketchikan, 18:22; 19. J. Stollar, Wrangell, 20. J. Marsh, Petersburg, 18:36; 21. A. Farstad, Ketchikan, 18:36; 22. K. Anderson, Kake, 18:44; 23. C. Medel, Ketchikan, 18:50; 24. A. Johnson, Craig, 18:51; 25. C. Shellaburger, Mount Edgecumbe, 18:54;

26. M. Roebecker, Ketchikan, 18:56; 27. J. McClaskey, Skagway, 18:57; 28. L. Jackson, Kake, 19:06; 29. E. Hamilton, Craig, 19:09; 30. G. Wilson, Wrangell, 19:24; 31. P. Pierce, Craig, 19:26; 32. J. Kilborn, Skagway, 19:29; 33. M. Howell, Wrangell, 19:36; 34. G. Henry, Skagway, 19:38; 35. G. White, Metlakatla, 19:47; 36. F. Hamilton, Craig, 19:45; 37. D. Biggers, Petersburg, 19:47; 38. Z. Drllevich, Petersburg, 19:49; 39. S. Totten, Sitka, 19:50; 40. B. Goodwin, Petersburg, 19:52; 41. D. Ware, Petersburg, 19:53; 42. L. Davis, Ketchikan, 19:54; 43. R. Conklin, Sitka, 19:54; 44. T. Moyer, Ketchikan, 20:01; 45. D. Williams, Wrangell, 20:06; 46. T. Thomas, Mount Edgecumbe, 20:13; 48. M. Pate, Kake, 20:18; 49. J. Leask, Metlakatla, 20:22; 50. E. Billy, Kake, 20:25.



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