Juneau runners split for two different meets this weekend
The Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team will follow two different paths this weekend.
The Crimson Bear varsity runners head north to the Dimond Invitational, a new meet hosted by Dimond High School at Anchorage's Kincaid Park, while the Juneau junior varsity runners are heading to Haines for a race today hosted by the Glacier Bears.
Saturday's meet will give the Juneau varsity one last chance to assess the "Up North" competition before returning home to make a final push for the Southeast titles and state meet berths.
At this point last season, the Crimson Bear boys won the prestigious Palmer Invitational - putting the rest of the state on notice as they went on to win the state title. This year, the Dimond Invitational is competing with the Palmer Invitational and has grabbed most of the state's top teams that normally compete at Palmer.
Most of last year's squad is back this season, and the Juneau girls - running in a tight pack all season - also look to have an impact this weekend.
After Saturday's meet, the Crimson Bears will take a side trip to Soldotna to scout the course for this year's state meet, to be held at the Tsalteshi Trails at Skyview High School.
The Crimson Bears will have one more regular-season meet after this weekend - at Petersburg on Sept. 18 - before heading to the Southeast championships in Sitka on Sept. 25. The state meet will be held Oct. 2.
Juneau swimmers head to Sitka Invitational
After a week off, the Juneau-Douglas High School swimming and diving team returns to action this weekend with the Sitka Invitational meets today and Saturday in Sitka.
The Crimson Bears will be taking on most of the top swimmers in Southeast, including several athletes who are among the top swimmers and divers in the state.
In the season's first rankings released earlier this week by Juneau swim coach John Wray, the Crimson Bears and other Southeast teams had several top times. Juneau senior diver Marnita Coenraad had the top six-dive score for girls, while senior Tyler Hennon ranked first in the boys 200-yard freestyle and 500 free events. Other No. 1 swimmers from Southeast included Ketchikan's Elizabeth Jagusch in the girls 100 free and 100 breaststroke, and Genny Szymanski of Haines in the girls 100 butterfly.
Juneau freshman Kristin Jones ranked second in the girls 200 free and was third in the 100 fly, while senior Kelsey Potdevin ranked third in the girls 100 free.
Juneau sophomore Kyle O'Brien ranked second in the boys 200 free behind Hennon, was second in the 200 individual medley, second in the 100 free and second in the 100 backstroke. Hennon was third in the 100 free and third in the 100 back. The Juneau boys had the No. 2 400 free relay team and had the No. 3 200 free relay and No. 3 200 medley relay teams, to round out top-three rankings for the Crimson Bears.
The complete state rankings ran on Thursday's Scoreboard page in the Empire sports section.