The Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team will travel to the Petersburg Invitational this Saturday - the last regular-season event before next week's Region V meet in Ketchikan.
The Crimson Bears will be sending a mix of varsity and junior varsity runners to the Petersburg meet, as coaches Guy Thibodeau and Merry Ellefson try to sort out the final places on the varsity rosters for the region meet.
Some of Juneau's varsity squad will stay home with Ellefson this weekend to practice for the Region V meet.
Ellefson said the team has been working on more aggressive running, especially after some Crimson Bear runners got caught in a large pack at last week's Palmer Invitational and were unable to move up during the race.
"The kids have been doing great pack running," she said. "Now it's about moving the pack up further and faster."
Ellefson said the team has been putting in the extra effort necessary to improve going into the final stretch of the season.
"They are role models for themselves," she said. "There's a lot of inspiration within the team. We expect a lot of them, and they expect a lot of themselves."
After Saturday's meet in Petersburg, the Crimson Bears will close the season with the Region V meet at Ketchikan on Sept. 21 and the state meet in Palmer on Sept. 28.