Juneau-Douglas High School's Hunter Brown may have won the Southeast Conference Class 4A boys cross-country title Saturday in Sitka, but that doesn't mean he was the fastest on the course.
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In the Class 1-2-3A regional championships Saturday, Haines' Chandler Kemp posted a blistering 16 minutes, 18.13 seconds to win an individual championship. Kemp should be considered one of the favorites to win Saturday's small-school state championship race in Palmer.
Kemp's first-place finish helped the Glacier Bears nip Wrangell by three points for the team championship.
Ryan Olsen took sixth place, Kelly Edmond and Tristan Sebens finished 10th and 11th, respectively, while Kelly Johnson took 15th to round out Haines' top-five finishers.
Mount Edgecumbe took third place for the bouts, followed by Craig, Petersburg, Skagway, Metlakatla, Yakutat and Angoon.
In the girls' competition, Haines sisters J.J. and Stoli Lende led their team to a convincing team title.
The Glacier Bears posted 22 points while Skagway took second with 57 points.
J.J. Lende won the overall title in 18:57.45, topping her second-place sister by 35.01 seconds for the championship.
Haines' Christine Hansen placed third overall while teammate Hannah Hostetler took fifth place and Jolene Lemieux crossed the finish line in 11th position.