Going out on Top

Juneau's Thibodeau wins region crown in final SE meet; Crimson Bear boys, girls earn team titles

Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2003

As a freshman three years ago, Juneau-Douglas High School cross-country runner Greta Thibodeau felt a sting when she missed winning the Region V-Class 4A crown by just four seconds.

The Southeast cross-country championships returned to Juneau's Treadwell Mine Trails on Saturday for the first time since that close finish, and Thibodeau - now a senior, and in her final region race - made sure she didn't let this title slip away.

Thibodeau claimed her first region crown by winning the 5-kilometer Class 4A girls race in 19 minutes, 49 seconds, and the Crimson Bear girls won the team title to qualify for the state meet in Palmer next Saturday.

"It was perfect; everything about today, I wouldn't change a thing - except maybe to bring out the sun," Thibodeau said, referring to the low clouds and intermittent rain that failed to dampen Juneau's spirits - or speed.

"I'm so happy. I went into this race hoping for a sub-20:10. To shatter my expectations was great."

The Juneau boys, led by Tristan Knutson-Lombardo's winning time of 16:48, swept the top five spots in the Class 4A boys race to post a perfect team score and earn a spot at state.

Thibodeau - whose father, Guy, coaches the team - finished third her freshman year behind two Ketchikan runners in the close region race. As a sophomore she was fourth, and last year she spent the fall semester in Costa Rica. The whole time, she trained and looked forward to her last shot at a region crown.

"She's really matured, as a person and as an athlete," Juneau coach Merry Ellefson said of Thibodeau.

Ellefson said Thibodeau and her teammates were pushed to do their best by great intrateam competition - as shown by Jordan Moser, who dug deep for some extra energy down the home stretch to pass teammate Megan Bush and take second place in 20:13. Bush - running in her first varsity race - finished third, just a few tenths of a second back.

Ketchikan's Amanda Hammermeister finished fourth (20:44), followed by Juneau's Jordan Harvey (21:01), Sitka's Megan Lehman (21:16) and the Crimson Bear trio of Kendri Cesar (21:30), Lexy Garvey (21:41) and Jaci Hayden (21:49).

Cesar, who was also running in her first varsity race, finished the last few tenths of a mile with only one shoe. Her right shoelace came undone early on in the race, and she kicked it off toward the end so she could sprint without fear of tripping.

The Juneau girls posted a team score of 19 points, well ahead of second-place Sitka (54), which also qualified for state as a team. Kayhi's Hammermeister also earned a state berth.

While the Juneau girls led start to finish, the Crimson Bear boys trailed Sitka out of the gate. Juneau senior Tim Davin said he expected the Wolves to jump ahead, and that the older Juneau runners gave advice to their teammates before the race.

"(We said) 'you guys need to hang back and pace yourself' ... so that helped us stay on track and not shoot out with the rest of them, and just work our way up," Davin said.

Juneau runners picked off the early leaders, and Juneau swept the top five spots for a perfect score of 15. Tyler Dinnan came in second (17:02) behind Knutson-Lombardo, followed closely by his twin brother, Wesley (17:08), Ray Huebschen (17:15) and Davin (17:16).

Only Sitka's Scott Totten (sixth place, 17:27) separated the five scoring Juneau runners from their non-scoring teammates. Juneau's Isaac Milligan took seventh (17:29), and Nils Domke finished eighth (17:56).

"The times we got on this look very promising for state," Knutson-Lombardo said. "This meet definitely got us ready."

The Sitka boys finished second in the team standings with 54 points to earn a state berth. Ketchikan's Houston Laws finished 10th in the individual standings to earn a trip to Palmer.

In the Class 2A/3A girls race, senior Autumn Streuli led a powerful Petersburg girls squad to the team title. Strueli won the race in 21:40, well ahead of second-place Laurie Brown of Wrangell (22:13).

The Petersburg girls had a team total of 27 points, while Wrangell was second with 51 points.

Skagway junior Kyle Mulvihill won his second straight Class 2A/3A region boys title, winning that race in 17:44. Mount Edgecumbe's Kyle James was second in 18:11, and his Braves squad won the team title with 47 points. The Petersburg boys were a close second with 50 points.

Mulvihill said he is hoping to improve on last season's ninth-place state finish.

Additional photos from all of Saturday's region meet races will be posted later this week on the Juneau Empire's Web site, www.juneauempire.com.

• Andrew Krueger can be reached at akrueger@juneauempire.com.

REGION V CHAMPIONSHIPS

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY

Results of the Region V Championships high school cross-country running meet, held Saturday on a 5-kilometer course (3.1 miles) along the Treadwell Mine Trails in Douglas. The top two teams from each race qualify for state. Runners from other teams who finished in the top 10 earn individual state berths.

Team sportsmanship award - Klawock.

CLASS 4A BOYS

Teams - 1. Juneau-Douglas (JD), 15 points; 2. Sitka (Sit), 54; 3. Ketchikan (Ktn), 73.

Individuals - 1. Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (JD), 16 minutes, 47.54 seconds; 2. Tyler Dinnan (JD), 17:02.34; 3. Wesley Dinnan (JD), 17:08.73; 4. Ray Huebschen (JD), 17:14.68; 5. Tim Davin (JD), 17:15.71; 6. Scott Totten (Sit), 17:27.39; 7. Isaac Milligan (JD), 17:28.57; 8. Nils Domke (JD), 17:55.57; 9. Daniel McArthur (Sit), 18:12.74; 10. Houston Laws (Ktn), 18:13.11; 11. George Howard (Sit), 18:17.43; 12. Brian Taro (Ktn), 18:35.77; 13. Kevin Conway (Sit), 18:46.98; 14. Thomas Montgomery (Ktn), 19:04.47; 15. Vince Licari (Sit), 19:15.14; 16. Keith Reeves (Sit), 19:31.34; 17. Tyler Eggen (Sit), 19:33.62; 18. Marcus Robecker (Ktn), 19:49.36; 19. Sean Maynard (Ktn), 19:58.35; 20. Flint Allred (Ktn), 20:00.69; 21. Earl Ginter (Ktn), 20:08.19.

CLASS 4A GIRLS

Teams - 1. Juneau-Douglas, 18 points; 2. Sitka, 54; 3. Ketchikan, 67.

Individuals - 1. Greta Thibodeau (JD), 19:49.24; 2. Jordan Moser (JD), 20:12.58; 3. Megan Bush (JD), 20:13.47; 4. Amanda Hammermeister (Ktn), 20:44.32; 5. Jordan Harvey (JD), 21:01.17; 6. Megan Lehman (Sit), 21:15.80; 7. Kendri Cesar (JD), 21:30.38; 8. Lexy Garvey (JD), 21:40.98; 9. Jaci Hayden (JD), 21:49.09; 10. Michala Dunlap (Sit), 21:53.92; 11. Sara Poindexter (Sit), 21:54.87; 12. Erin Nugent (Ktn), 22:25.55; 13. Misty Leccese (Sit), 22:36.21; 14. J.J. Carlson (Sit), 23:03.11; 15. Ashley Borup (Ktn), 23:58.30; 16. Kelsey Davidson (Sit), 24:16.30; 17. Rachel Schuerger (Ket), 24:21.39; 18. Juliet Agne (Sit), 24:26.04; 19. Allison Neterer (Ktn), 25:00.27; 20. Heather Gatti (Ktn), 25:33.59; 21. Samantha Clark-Smith (Ktn), 26:15.76.

CLASS 2A/3A BOYS

Teams - 1. Mount Edgecumbe (MtE), 47 points; 2. Petersburg (Psg), 50; 3. Wrangell (Wrg), 75; 4. Metlakatla (Met), 75; 5. Craig (Crg), 119; 6. Kake (Kak), 136; 7. Yakutat (Yak), 187. Wrangell won third-place tie-breaker with Metlakatla based on the time of each team's sixth runner. Incomplete teams: Haines (Hns), Klawock (Klw), Skagway (Skg).

Individuals - 1. Kyle Mulvihill (Skg), 17:44.01; 2. Kyle James (MtE), 18:11.46; 3. Mike Howell (Wrg), 18:15.35; 4. Casey Knight (Pet), 18:18.10; 5. Darrick Gaube (Met), 18:28.32; 6. Gilmore White (Met), 18:35.11; 7. Brendan Goodwin (Pet), 18:39.76; 8. Gordon McClosky (Wrg), 18:41.34; 9. Beau Croisant (Met), 18:46.35; 10. Maxwell Shellabarger (MtE), 18:52.68; 11. Matt Mercier (MtE), 18:56.16; 12. Cliff Shellabarger (MtE), 18:56.59; 13. Logan Stolpe (Pet), 19:02.69; 14. Jake Mork (Wrg), 19:04.18; 15. John McClusky (Skg), 19:04.48; 16. Kyle Knight (Psg), 19:05.52; 17. Jesse Agner (Psg), 19:06.38; 18. Tirrell Thomas (MtE), 19:17.43; 19. Aaron Brendible (Met), 19:17.84; 20. Spencer Beckman (Crg), 19:26.69.

21. Mads Hansen (Psg), 19:35.02; 22. Phillip Pierce (Crg), 19:36.94; 23. Timothy Demmert (Kak), 19:39.07; 24. Fred Yip (Pet), 19:41.09; 25. Nick Ashton (Wrg), 19:42.22; 26. Kelvin Vaughn (Crg), 19:43.49; 27. Trevor Morris (Kak), 19:49.91; 28. Jesstin Patterson (MtE), 19:52.31; 29. Martin Pate (Kak), 19:53.43; 30. Troy Sharp (Crg), 20:08.66; 31. Bryan Westfall (Crg), 20:13.98; 32. Gregg Wilson (Wrg), 20:14.97; 33. Larry Jackson (Kak), 20:20.21; 34. Tony Mach (Kak), 20:21.73; 35. Joel Hunt (MtE), 20:24.52; 36. Jay Sin (Yak), 20:40.79; 37. Colin Buness (Wrg), 20:50.94; 38. Kyle Dierick (Yak), 21:06.88; 39. Rudy Cavanaugh (Kak), 21:25.45; 40. Scott Gray (Yak), 21:36.92.

41. Alin Vale (Yak), 21:49.40; 42. Jack Klushkan (Yak), 21:56.63; 43. Roch Mackinnon (Klw), 22:05.80; 44. James Blilie (Hns), 22:11.95; 45. Florian Wischnat (Skg), 22:20.74; 46. Nelson Charles (Met), 22:34.18; 47. Jared Williams (Klw), 22:51.06; 48. Floyd Russell (Met), 22:53.83; 49. Avery Grossardt (Wrg), 22:54.28; 50. Ben Feldman (Hns), 23:32.09; 51. Thomas Knorr (Skg), 23:46.68; 52. Dean Cavanaugh (Kak), 23:55.12; 53. Donald Tompkins (Met), 23:59.11; 54. Rodrigo Ramirez (Klw), 24:30.75; 55. Christian Lende (Hns), 25:03.86; 56. A.J. Karsunky (Yak), 29:48.34.

CLASS 2A/3A GIRLS

Teams - 1. Petersburg, 27; 2. Wrangell, 51; 3. Mount Edgecumbe, 82; 4. Kake, 90; 5. Metlakatla, 97. Incomplete teams: Craig, Haines, Klawock, Skagway, Yakutat.

Individuals - 1. Autumn Streuli (Psg), 21:39.92; 2. Laurie Brown (Wrg), 22:12.62; 3. Brook Williams (Wrg), 22:31.67; 4. Hannah Henderson (Met), 22:45.40; 5. Emily Haydu (Crg), 22:49.08; 6. Hannah Esbenshade (Yak), 22:50.68; 7. Yadira Ramirez (Klw), 23:02.53; 8. Candi Ketterman (Skg), 23:33.94; 9. Bridey Short (Psg), 23:49.07; 10. Sarah Aiken (Psg), 23:55.50; 11. Crystal Ketterman (Skg), 23:58.05; 12. Margaret Hunter (Psg), 24:10.45; 13. Tiffany Potter (Skg), 24:13.01; 14. Keala Durgan (Crg), 24:18.10; 15. Hannah Meucci (Psg), 24:20.12; 16. Kristy Brown (Wrg), 24:22.70; 17. Shaunte Sternod (Kak), 24:49.98; 18. Ashley Mueller (Crg), 24:55.23; 19. Jacquoi James (Yak), 24:57.36; 20. Ann Hansen (Hns), 25:04.05;

21. Brandi Johnston (MtE), 25:17.36; 22. Sharayah Foster (MtE), 25:17.93; 23. Tasha Peterman (Wrg), 25:22.77; 24. Gillian Severson (Psg), 25:25.07; 25. Kristy Didrickson (Met), 25:40.78; 26. Megan Gregory (Kak), 25:49.57; 27. Nicole Packer (Crg), 25:50.34; 28. Bergen Rosvold (Psg), 26:35.54; 29. Jodi Hodgson (MtE), 26:39.75; 30. Katya Polk (MtE), 27:01.64; 31. Patricia Mills (Kak), 27:48.87; 32. Magen James (Yak), 28:31.54; 33. Leah Moore (Skg), 28:43.03; 34. Danielle Sather (Klw), 28:59.35; 35. Lynette Aceveda (Kak), 29:14.20; 36. Rebecca Church (MtE), 29:23.40; 37. Sylvia Schumacher (Yak), 29:27.98; 38. Tessa Cavanaugh (Kak), 29:37.15; 39. Sarah Helgeson (Wrg), 30:53.13; 40. Crissabella Olofson (Met), 31:57.19;

41. Annalisse Fields (met), 32:13.11; 42. Brandi Hayward (Met), 35:45.39.



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