Crimson Bear runners sweep title in Wrangell

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003

Junior Megan Bush just started running for the Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country running team, but she is already having a heck of a season.

Bush has run just two high school races in her career - and she's won them both.

Bush won her second race on Saturday as she led the Crimson Bear girls to the title at the Wrangell Invitational. The Juneau boys also won on Saturday, giving the Crimson Bears a sweep of the team crowns.

"She ran a good race; she won by 57 seconds," Juneau coach Guy Thibodeau said of Bush, whose first race was last weekend's Skagway Invitational. Bush also ran in last weekend's Klondike Trail of '98 International Road Relay.

"It was great; it was really fun," Bush said in a phone interview. "I felt a lot faster than last weekend. That was my first race, and I ran (Leg 1) in the Klondike the night before. Having one race made it much more easy for me. I didn't feel as sore."

Bush completed the mostly flat and paved 5-kilometer course (3.1 miles) in 19 minutes, 36 seconds. Laurie Brown of Wrangell edged Juneau's Kendri Cesar for second place, as both runners posted times of 20:35 after Cesar slightly misjudged the finish line.

Juneau's Lexy Garvey (sixth place, 21:25) and Gretchen Dierking (10th, 22:15) also finished in the top-10 for the Crimson Bears, who scored 29 team points to 36 for runner-up Sitka. Rounding out the scoring runners for Juneau was Gwenn Miller (20th, 23:14), while Gabrielle Vance (32nd, 24:33) also ran for Juneau.

The only other schools with complete girls teams were Petersburg (56 points) and Mount Edgecumbe (110).

In the boys race, Skagway's Kyle Mulvihill claimed the individual title in a time of 17:04. But Juneau freshman Nils Domke was close on his heels, taking second place in 17:21. Sitka's George Howard took third place in 17:27, followed by Juneau junior Brian Smith in 17:30.

"I really enjoyed the course," said Domke, who won Juneau's interteam battle to be the seventh varsity runner at next week's region meet. "I felt pretty good."

"We were all friends about it," Smith said of the race within the race. "As long as we stayed together we were happy. We really rallied together. The guys had really good team karma."

The Crimson Bears scored 32 points, while Petersburg won a sixth-runner tie-breaker over Wrangell to take second place as both teams had 74 points. Mount Edgecumbe had 94, Sitka 102, Metlakatla 120, Craig 175, Kake 207 and Klawock 270 to round out the team standings.

Justin Jones (eighth, 17:54) and Grant Zwingelberg (ninth, 17:57) both finished in the top 10 for Juneau, while Greg Frank (14th, 18:18) rounded out the scoring runners for Juneau. The other Crimson Bear runners at the meet were Tim Peterson (33rd, 18:56) and Owen Kelley (35th, 19:07).

Results will run later this week.



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