In their first major statewide test of the season, the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls cross country teams made solid accounts for themselves Saturday at the Dimond Lynx Adidas meet at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.
The boys took second place overall, finishing nine points behind Dimond, while the girls took fourth.
For the Crimson Bears' boys squad, twin brothers Wesley and Tyler Dinnan once again ruled the field.
Tyler took first with a time of 16:43 while Wesley claimed second place, 10 seconds behind his twin, for the third-straight race this year.
"I actually set a little goal mentally that Wes and I finish one-two in every match," Tyler Dinnan said. "The toughest race - state - is still ahead of us, so we'll see."
The boys' team received solid efforts from the roster but raced without the consistent Ray Huebschen. Huebschen sat out the contest with a leg injury.
The rest of the team, however, made up for Huebschen's absence with strong performances.
Sophomore Andrew Flansass took 13th place, Nils Domke finished 30th and Hunter Brown took 37th place overall to round out Juneau's top-five finishers.
"They were really pumped up to go," JDHS coach Guy Thibodeau said. "It's a tough course and it wears on you. Nils was in pretty good shape and gave up two places at the end. He came on at the end of last year and I was real encouraged with his results."
On the girls' side, JDHS sophomore sensation Katie Krehlik finished second as the team took fourth place overall. West Valley claimed the overall title with West second and Service third.
Krehlik finished at 19:37, 9 seconds behind winner Shoshana Keegan of West Anchorage.
The Crimson Bears' Kirsten Jorgenson took fourth place overall at 19:41.
"I think we did fairly well," Jorgenson said. "We have some kids who have never run this course before and ran strong and well - Leigh Miller, Brittany Lehnhart and Carly Craig. Half of our girls never ran this race before, and it was good experience for them."
Miller took 25th place while Lehnhart claimed 52nd place.
Juneau-Douglas stands three weeks away from the state meet and Saturday's race showed them a bit where they stand in comparison to some of Alaska's top teams.
"I think there were a lot of strong teams ahead of us," Jorgenson said. "We need to get better and work hard in practice."
With the varsity in Anchorage, the junior varsity cross country team competed in Skagway on Saturday.
Juneau-Douglas' girls won the Skagway Invitational with 28 points. Haines took second, followed by Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe and Skagway.
Isabel Bush was the Crimson Bears' top finisher, claiming third place overall. Lexi Garvey was fourth, Kendra Buerger claimed sixth, Leisha Thibodeau was seventh, and Rachel Tarver took ninth place for JDHS.
J.J. Lende of Haines won the overall event while teammate Stoli Lende took second.
On the boys' side, Juneau's J.V. took second place to overall champion Sitka. Haines claimed third place while Mt. Edgecumbe took fourth.
Henry DeCherney was the top Crimson Bears, finishing in fifth place overall. Andrew Ainsworth, Curtis Mangosso and Daniel Stoops took seventh, eighth and ninth place, respectively.
Haines' Chandler Kemp won the overall title.
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