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Juneau runners sweep region crowns

Knutson-Lombardo, Garvey claim individual titles

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2004

A season's worth of tapered training is starting to pay dividends for the Juneau-Douglas cross-country running squad.

The Crimson Bears were in top form Saturday, setting personal records on their way to sweeping the boys and girls team titles at the Southeast championships in Sitka.

Juneau earned berths at next Saturday's state championships at Skyview High School in Soldotna. The Crimson Bear boys will defend their state title, while the Juneau girls hope to build on last year's third-place finish. Months of training and conditioning have positioned them for success.

"We're peaking right now," said junior Wesley Dinnan, who took third place in the Class 4A boys race with a time of 16 minutes, 28 seconds on the 5-kilometer course.

"It's amazing how many people had great races," said Wesley's twin brother, Tyler, who finished second in 16:02. "It looks good for state."

Senior Tristan Knutson-Lombardo won the boys race in 15:56, reaching a personal goal to break 16 minutes on the flat, totem-lined course at Sitka National Historic Park. The Crimson Bears posted a perfect team score of 15.

"I felt strong the entire race," he said. "I never felt like I hit a wall."

Tyler Dinnan said he stuck with Knutson-Lombardo as long as possible, and that pacing helped him to a PR.

"It's been a replay all three Southeast meets," he said. "I hang on for the first 2, 2 1/2 miles and then he just pulls away."

Sophomore Ray Huebschen (fourth, 17:00), sophomore Andrew Flansaas (fifth, 17:09), senior Greg Frank (sixth, 17:10) and sophomore Nils Domke (eighth, 17:15) rounded out Juneau's contingent.

Juneau coach Guy Thibodeau said Flansaas, in particular, put in a strong effort. He ran in seventh most of the race before moving up in the last three-quarters of a mile. He ran neck-and-neck with Frank and Sitka's Scott Totten, before edging into fifth at the finish.

Wesley Dinnan said the rapid-fire finish of Flansaas, Frank and Domke bodes well for state.

"Those three guys are going to push each other," he said.

Sitka took second place in the boys team standings with 52 points to earn the other Southeast team berth for the state Class 4A race, getting top-10 finishes from Totten (seventh, 17:11) and Daniel McArthur (ninth, 17:38). Ketchikan's Beau Poppen earned an individual state spot with his 10th-place finish in 17:41.

In the Class 4A girls race, Juneau junior Lexi Garvey took first place in 19:02, followed by Crimson Bear senior Megan Bush (second, 19:20), freshman Kirsten Jorgensen (third, 19:28), freshman Katie Krehlik (fourth, 19:38), junior Jordan Moser (sixth, 19:58), junior Jordan Harvey (seventh, 20:00) and freshman Isabel Bush (eighth, 20:38).

"We ran tight, especially in the first mile," Megan Bush said. "We went out hard, but we worked hard to stay together."

"We kept edging out people," Harvey said.

In doing so, the Crimson Bears ran a race for the Juneau record books as they posted a near-perfect score of 16 points.

"By far, it's our best performance ever in Sitka (with) four girls under 20 minutes," Thibodeau said.

"Overall, it's what we needed and what we had hoped for," Juneau coach Merry Ellefson said of the girls times. "Everybody moved up to the place they need to be the week before state."

Sitka's Sara Poindexter broke up Juneau's perfect-score bid with a fifth place finish in 19:46, leading the Wolves to a second-place team finish with 55 points. Other top-10 runners were Sitka's Kelsey Davidson (ninth, 21:56) and Ketchikan's Natalie Pfeiffer (10th, 21:59).

In the Class 2A/3A girls race, the Haines Glacier Bears won the team title behind a 1-2 finish by freshmen J.J. Lende (20:17) and Christine Hansen (20:36). Heidi Esbenshade of Yakutat took third in 20:50, Craig's Jennifer Haydu was fourth in 21:00 and Wrangell's Laurie Brown took fifth in 21:13. The Craig girls took second place in the team standings with 48 points. Other northern Panhandle runners in the top 10 were Haines' Alix Goodman (sixth, 22:14) and Skagway's Candi Ketterman (10th, 22:38).

Wrangell senior Mike Howell won the Class 2A/3A boys race in 17:36, leading the Wolves to the team title. Kake took second place in the team results. Metlakatla's Darrick Gaube finished second in 17:52, while Haines' Chandler Kemp (17:53), Kake's Trevor Morris (17:58) and Skagway's John McCluskey (17:59) rounded out the top five. No other northern Panhandle runners placed in the top 10.

• Andrew Krueger can be reached at andrew.krueger@juneauempire.com.

SOUTHEAST CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Results of Saturday's Southeast cross-country running championships, held in Sitka on a 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) course at Sitka National Historic Park. The top five runners for each complete team count toward the team total, with first place earning one point, second place two points and so on. The lowest team total wins. The top two teams from each race qualify for state. Runners from other teams who finished in the top 10 earn individual state berths.

CLASS 4A

Team results - 1. Juneau-Douglas (JD), 15 points; 2. Sitka (Sit), 52; 3. Ketchikan (Ktn), 78.

Individual results - 1. Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (JD), 15 minutes, 56 seconds; 2. Tyler Dinnan (JD), 16:02; 3. Wesley Dinnan (JD), 16:28; 4. Ray Huebschen (JD), 17:00; 5. Andrew Flansaas (JD), 17:09; 6. Greg Frank (JD), 17:10; 7. Scott Totten (Sit), 17:11; 8. Nils Domke (JD), 17:15; 9. Daniel McArthur (Sit), 17:38; 10. Beau Poppen (Ktn), 17:41; 11. Lucas Chambers (Sit), 17:48; 12. Kevin Conway (Sit), 17:49; 13. Keith Reeves (Sit), 17:56; 14. Evan Bolling (Ktn), 17:58; 15. George Wathen (Sit), 18:13; 16. Torin Lehmann (Sit), 18:42; 17. Brian Taro (Ktn), 18:45; 18. Sean Hovik (Ktn), 18:56; 19. Trevor Norton (Ktn), 19:03; 20. Earl Ginter (Ktn), 19:34; 21. Mitch Peura (Ktn), 20:45.

Girls

Team results - 1. Juneau-Douglas, 16 points; 2. Sitka, 55; 3. Ketchikan, 67.

Individual results - 1. Lexi Garvey (JD), 19:02; 2. Megan Bush (JD), 19:20; 3. Kirsten Jorgensen (JD), 19:28; 4. Katie Krehlik (JD), 19:38; 5. Sara Poindexter (Sit), 19:46; 6. Jordan Moser (JD), 19:58; 7. Jordan Harvey (JD), 20:00; 8. Isabel Bush (JD), 20:38; 9. Kelsey Davidson (Sit), 21:56; 10. Natalie Pfeiffer (Ktn), 21:59; 11. Michaela Dunlap (Sit), 22:10; 12. Ashley Borup (Ktn), 22:50; 13. Milisa Jakubek (Ktn), 22:52; 14. Abby Gillaspie (Sit), 23:08; 15. Mallory Millay (Ktn), 23:19; 16. Natalia Potrzuski (Sit), 23:19; 17. Amanda Millay (Ktn), 23:33; 18. Samantha Clark-Smith (Ktn), 23:37; 19. Misty Leccese (Sit), 23:45; 20. Hannah Hutton (Sit), 24:04; 21. Heather Gatti (Ktn), 24:12.

CLASS 2A/3A

Team scores - 1. Wrangell (Wrg), 57 points; 2. Kake (Kak), 65; 3. Haines (Hns), 99; 4. Petersburg (Psg), 102; 5. Mount Edgecumbe (MtE), 105; 6. Metlakatla (Met), 118; 7. Craig (Crg), 137; 8. Klawock (Klw), 192. Incomplete teams: Angoon (Ang), Gustavus (Gus), Skagway (Skg), Yakutat (Yak).

Individual results - 1. Mike Howell (Wrg), 17:36; 2. Darrick Gaube (Met), 17:52; 3. Chandler Kemp (Hns), 17:53; 4. Trevor Morris (Kak), 17:58; 5. John McCluskey (Skg), 17:59; 6. Aaron Brendible (Met), 18:02; 7. Kenny Wilson (Wrg), 18:05; 8. Kyle Knight (Psg), 18:10; 9. Logan Stolpe (Psg), 18:11; 10. Carlin Hoblet (MtE), 18:12; 11. Martin Pate (Kak), 18:24; 12. Nic Ashton (Wrg), 18:25; 13. Tony Mach (Kak), 18:32; 14. Rafael Ramirez (Klw), 18:40; 15. Tirrel Thomas (MtE), 18:42; 16. Spencer Beckman (Crg), 18:45; 17. Timothy Demmert (Kak), 18:59; 18. Kelly Edmond (Hns), 19:00; 19. Gordon McCloskey (Wrg), 19:03; 20. Kelvin Vaughn (Crg), 19:11.

21. Max Shellabarger (MtE), 19:12; 22. Scott Gile (Wrg), 19:13; 23. Fred Yip (Psg), 19:13; 24. Xavier Friday (Kak), 19:22; 25. Phillip Pierce (Crg), 19:23; 26. Nathan Narum (Hns), 19:29; 27. Forest Podsiki (Hns), 19:37; 28. Dean Cavanaugh (Kak), 19:42; 29. Tristan Sebens (Hns), 19:44; 30. Aaron Kearns (Gus), 20:09; 31. Michael Serafini (Psg), 20:10; 32. Alex Nicoli (MtE), 20:14; 33. Layte Hudson (MtE), 20:29; 34. Rick Wysocki (MtE), 20:34; 35. Kee Haywood (Hns), 20:35; 36. Michael Sharpes (Crg), 20:47; 37. Jack Klushkan (Yak), 20:50; 38. Gian Giaricci (Hns), 20:51; 39. Allan Mathiesen (Psg), 20:54; 40. Carl Bogren (Yak), 20:56.

41. Floyd Russell (Met), 21:06; 42. John Anaver (MtE), 21:07; 43. Jon Garrison (Wrg), 21:14; 44. Devin Nelson (Klw), 21:25; 45. Jeremy Meece (Klw), 21:28; 46. Forest Sebastian (Psg), 21:44; 47. Chris Nathan (Met), 21:50; 48. Konrad Frank (Ang), 21:56; 49. Jory Williams (Met), 22:00; 50. Arthur Martin (Crg), 22:01; 51. Ian Braun (Psg), 22:06; 52. Earl Johnson (MtE), 22:08; 53. Rodrigo Ramirez (Klw), 22:47; 54. Butchie Gray (Met), 23:41; 55. Steven Colcord (Klw), 23:59; 56. Cole Anderson (Crg), 29:00; 57. Nate Herbig (Skg), 30:41.

Girls

Team scores - 1. Haines, 40; 2. Craig, 48; 3. Petersburg, 66; 4. Skagway, 83; 5. Mount Edgecumbe, 90. Incomplete teams: Gustavus, Kake, Klawock, Metlakatla, Wrangell, Yakutat.

Individual results - 1. J.J. Lende (Hns), 20:17; 2. Christine Hansen (Hns), 20:36; 3. Heidi Esbenshade (Yak), 20:50; 4. Jennifer Haydu (Crg), 21:00; 5. Laurie Brown (Wrg), 21:13; 6. Alix Goodman (Hns), 22:14; 7. Emily Haydu (Crg), 22:29; 8. Yadira Ramirez (Klw), 22:32; 9. Hannah Henderson (Met), 22:35; 10. Candi Ketterman (Skg), 22:38; 11. Margaret Hunter (Psg), 22:52; 12. Bridget Schwartz (Psg), 22:56; 13. Stefanie Claud (Crg), 23:04; 14. Abby Comstock (Wrg), 23:07; 15. Glenna Coffey (Crg), 23:10; 16. Katya Polk (MtE), 23:12; 17. Bridey Short (Psg), 23:25; 18. Hannah Meucci (Psg), 23:34; 19. Shaunte Sternod (Kak), 24:02; 20. Cierra Hahn (Skg), 24:10.

21. Shannon Samuelson (MtE), 24:17; 22. Karen Boyce (Hns), 24:20; 23. Ann Hansen (Hns), 24:27; 24. Ali Doland (Skg), 24:32; 25. Jodi Hodgson (MtE), 24:34; 26. Ashley Dolan (Kak), 24:41; 27. Crystal Ketterman (Skg), 24:43; 28. Nicole Packer (Crg), 24:48; 29. Sharayah Foster (MtE), 24:50; 30. Jennifer Evan (MtE), 25:07; 31. Brandi Johnson (MtE), 25:08; 32. Anna Shipilova (Skg), 25:17; 33. Gillian Severson (Psg), 25:18; 34. Madison Evans (Gus), 25:26; 35. Bergen Rosvold (Psg), 25:32; 36. Rebecca Armstrong (Wrg), 25:33; 37. Sharon Webb (Klw), 25:33; 38. Melanie Christopherson, 25:37; 39. Ashley Mueller (Crg), 25:37; 40. Florence Schlageter (Skg), 25:40.

41. Keala Durgan (Crg), 25:47; 42. Sharnel Vale (Yak), 25:58; 43. Tasha Peterman (Wrg), 26:04; 44. Jennifer Dupree (Psg), 26:09; 45. Shannon Spud (MtE), 27:42; 46. Kelly Hansen (Hns), 28:11; 47. Teslyn Korsmo (Skg), 28:45; 48. Shannon James (Kak), 29:44.



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