Repeat champions

Juneau boys win second straight state title, girls finish second

Posted: Sunday, October 03, 2004

AL GRILLO / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Two fast Bears: Juneau's Tristan Knutson-Lombardo (452) leads teammate Tyler Dinnan through the course as they finished second and third, respectively, at the Class 4A state cross-country running championships on Saturday at Skyview High School's Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna.

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Senior leader: Juneau senior Megan Bush (352) leads junior teammate Jordan Harvey during Saturday's Class 4A girls race.

The pressure was on for the Juneau-Douglas High School boys cross-country running team as the Crimson Bears made their bid for a repeat state title on Saturday.

And the Juneau runners handled the pressure beautifully.

Led by three runners in the top 10 and four in the top 15, the Crimson Bears won their second straight state championship at Skyview High School's Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna.

"It was a great team win for the guys," Juneau coach Guy Thibodeau said.

The Juneau girls also did well, finishing second to West Valley in their race. It was the best finish for the Juneau girls since they won the state title in 1995.

In the boys race Juneau scored 54 points to claim the title, with runner-up West Valley second with 91 points, followed by West Anchorage in third place with 104 and Dimond fourth with 107. Sitka was the only other Southeast team in the field, finishing 10th with 259 points.

Chugiak's Jesse Cherry won his second straight individual title, but he was followed across the finish line by Juneau senior Tristan Knutson-Lombardo and junior Tyler Dinnan in second and third. Cherry's time was 16 minutes, 35 seconds for the 5-kilometer course (3.1 miles), while Knutson-Lombardo posted a time of 16:44 and Tyler Dinnan had a 16:45.

Junior Wesley Dinnan finished seventh and sophomore Ray Huebschen was 15th for the Crimson Bears. Rounding out the other Juneau runners were junior Nils Domke in 31st place, sophomore Andrew Flansaas in 42nd and senior Greg Frank in 46th place.

"People realized who Juneau was, and there was probably more pressure this time," Knutson-Lombardo said of Juneau's bid for a second title. "We (he and Tyler Dinnan) pushed each other hard. It was a tight finish, and Wesley had his best race of the season."

The course featured a lot of rolling hills, and a light sprinkle combined with falling leaves and mud puddles made the footing difficult in some sections. Colony runner Peter Doner, who figured to be a top contender, fell early in the race and was never a factor.

"It sprinkled a bit in the (Class 1A-2A-3A) 3A boys race, and the course was really torn up," Knutson-Lombardo said. "The downhills on the turns were really treacherous.

"I couldn't be more happy. I earned the place I got."

The Crimson Bears had a conservative start, with none of them in the top 15 leaving the football stadium, Thibodeau said. But they gradually moved up in the field and Tyler Dinnan even took the lead at one point.

"My goal was to be in the top five, so actually I did a little better," Dinnan said as his cell phone connection went bad because of the mountains on the drive between Soldotna and Anchorage.

While Juneau had four runners in the top 15 finishers, Thibodeau said one of the pleasant surprised was the finish of Domke. Thibodeau said Domke was running about 45th place early in the race, but managed to move up to 31st by the finish to earn valuable team points.

In the girls race, the Juneau girls were led by junior Lexi Garvey in sixth place in 20:15, the only top-10 finisher for the Crimson Bears. Ari Goldstein of Soldotna won her second straight individual title in a time of 19:01.

Freshman Katie Krehlik took 13th for Juneau, followed by senior Megan Bush in 15th place. Junior Jordan Harvey took 18th place, with freshman Kirsten Jorgensen in 21st, junior Jordan Moser in 26th and freshman Isabel Bush in 40th place to round up the Crimson Bears.

In the team standings, West Valley scored 41 points to claim the title. Juneau was second with 64 points, followed by 2003 team champion East Anchorage with 68 points for third place. Service took fourth place with 135 points. The only other Southeast team in the field was Sitka, with 263 points for 10th place.

"We're just really proud of how everyone did," Juneau coach Merry Ellefson said before her cell phone also went dead. "Katie had an outstanding race, and so did Lexi. The competition was really tough, and we found our spot. It was a great end to the season."

In the Class 1A-2A-3A boys race, Seward claimed the team title with 47 points and Valdez was second with 62. Kake took seventh place with 186 points and Wrangell was eighth with 188.

Matt Adams of Seward won the individual title in 16:38. The top Southeast runner was Mike Howell of Wrangell, who took fifth place in 18:03.

In the Class 1A-2A-3A girls race, Grace Christian School won the team title with 57 points to 80 for second-place Seward. Haines took fourth place with 120 points and Craig was eighth with 172.

The Seward sister duo of Rubye and Denali Foldager finished 1-2 with a 19:45 for Rubye and a 19:53 for Denali. The top Southeast runner was J.J. Lende of Haines, who took seventh place in 21:00.

• Charles Bingham can be reached at charles.bingham@juneauempire.com.

STATE CROSS-COUNTRY

RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Results from the Class 4A and Class 1A-2A-3A state cross-country running championships held Saturday at Skyview High School's Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna. The course was 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). Individual results are for the top 10 finishers and any other runners from Southeast Alaska.

CLASS 4A BOYS

Teams - 1. Juneau-Douglas, 54 points; 2. West Valley, 91; 3. West Anchorage, 104; 4. Dimond, 107; 5. Lathrop, 133; 6. Chugiak, 144; 7. Kodiak, 146; 8. Kenai Central, 168; 9. Palmer, 180; 10. Sitka, 259.

Individuals - 1. Jesse Cherry, Chugiak, 16 minutes, 35 seconds; 2. Tristan Knutson-Lombardo, Juneau-Douglas, 16:44; 3. Tyler Dinnan, Juneau-Douglas, 16:45; 4. Tony Tomisch, West Valley, 16:56; 5. Rory Egelus, Palmer, 17:01; 6. John Murphy, Chugiak, 17:11; 7. Wesley Dinnan, Juneau-Douglas, 17:13; 8. Anders Gillis, West Valley, 9. Trevor Baldwin, Kenai Central, 17;24; 10. Ryan Donahue, Dimond, 17:27.

Other Southeast finishers: 15. Ray Huebschen, Juneau-Douglas, 17:40; 31. Nils Domke, Juneau-Douglas, 18:09; 42. Andrew Flansaas, Juneau-Douglas, 18:29; 46. Greg Frank, Juneau-Douglas, 18:32; 54. Scott Totten, Sitka, 18:38; 57. Lucas Chambers, Sitka, 18:42; 63. Daniel McArthur, Sitka, 18:53; 66. Kevin Conway, Sitka, 18:58; 67. Keith Reeves, Sitka, 18:59; 68. George Wathen, Sitka, 19:04; 75. Torin Lehmann, Sitka, 19:32.

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CLASS 4A GIRLS

Teams - 1. West Valley, 41 points; 2. Juneau-Douglas, 64; 3. East Anchorage, 68; 4. Service, 135; 5. Soldotna, 144; 6. Dimond, 148; 7. Kenai Central, 169; 8. Lathrop, 188; 9. Kenai Central, 205; 10. Sitka, 263.

Individuals - 1. Ari Goldstein, Soldotna, 19 minutes, 1 second; 2. Crystal Pitney, West Valley, 19:10; 3. Katie Franzmann, Soldotna, 19:16; 4. Shoshana Keegan, West Anchorage, 20:02; 5. Becca Rorabaugh, West Valley, 20:08; 6. Lexi Garvey, Juneau-Douglas, 20:15; 7. Maggie Callahan, West Valley, 20:27; 8. Kendra Kennedy, Service, 20:30; 9. Feona Yancey, Bartlett, 20:32; 10. Minato Teraoka, East Anchorage, 20:32.

Other Southeast finishers: 13. Katie Krehlik, Juneau-Douglas, 20:45; 15. Megan Bush, Juneau-Douglas, 20:53; 18. Jordan Harvey, Juneau-Douglas, 21:00; 21. Kirsten Jorgensen, Juneau-Douglas, 21:01; 26. Jordan Moser, Juneau-Douglas, 21:18; 28. Sara Poindexter, Sitka, 21:21; 40. Isabel Bush, Juneau-Douglas, 21:46; 63. Natalie Pfeifer, Ketchikan, 23:21; 64. Kelsey Davidson, Sitka, 23:22; 68. Michaela Dunlap, Sitka, 23:54; 74. Abby Gillaspie, Sitka, 25:16; 75. Natalia Potrzuski, Sitka, 25:28; 76. Misty Lecesse, Sitka, 25:30; 77. Hannah Hutton, Sitka, 25:30.

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CLASS 1A-2A-3A BOYS

Teams - 1. Seward, 47 points; 2. Valdez, 62; 3. Anchorage Christian Schools, 71; 4. Chevak, 152; 5. Susitna Valley, 173; 6. Delta Junction, 177; 7. Kake, 186; 8. Wrangell, 188; 9. Cook Inlet Academy, 196; 10. Kotzebue, 211.

Individuals - 1. Matt Adams, Seward, 16 minutes, 38 seconds; 2. Carlos Arias, Anchorage Christian, 17:21; 3. Brian Beeson, Cook Inlet, 17:28; 4. Matthew Blair, Seward, 17:33; 5. Mike Howell, Wrangell, 18:03; 6. Auston Ellis, Valdez, 18:04; 7. Boone Howard, Susitna Valley, 18:05; 8. Jareth Boyscout, Chevak, 18:09; 9. Adam Kuchin, Valdez, 18:18; 10. Ian Stewart, Valdez, 18:19.

Other Southeast finishers: 16. Chandler Kemp, Haines, 18:33; 25. Kyle Knight, Petersburg, 19:00; 27. Trevor Morris, Kake, 19:01; 34. Darrick Gaube, 19:14; 37. Aaron Brendible, Metlakatla, 19:17; 39. Martin Pate, Kake, 19:18; 40. John McCluskey, Skagway, 19:18; 44. Nic Ashton, Wrangell, 19:21; 47. Logan Stolpe, Petersburg, 19:26; 49. Kenny Wilson, Wrangell, 19:34; 63. Carlin Hoblet, Mount Edgecumbe, 20:01; 69. Tony Mach, Kake, 20:21; 71. Timothy Demmert, Kake, 20:25; 76. Xavier Friday, Kake, 20:42; 81. Dean Cavanaugh, Kake, 20:51; 83. Gordon McCloskey, Wrangell, 20:59; 93. Scott Gile, Wrangell, 21:47.

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CLASS 1A-2A-3A GIRLS

Teams - 1. Grace Christian School, 57 points; 2. Seward, 80; 3. Susitna Valley, 87; 4. Haines, 120; 5. Delta Junction, 127; 6. Anchorage Christian Schools, 156; 7. Bethel Regional, 168; 8. Craig, 172; 9. Cook Inlet Academy, 203; 10. Kotzebue, 214.

Individuals - 1. Rubye Foldager, Seward, 19 minutes, 45 seconds; 2. Denali Foldager, Seward, 19:53; 3. Casey Martinez, Grace Christian, 20:18; 4. Maggie Embick, Valdez, 20:21; 5. Sarah Martinez, Grace Christian, 20:35; 6. Krystal Moore, Susitna Valley, 20:51; 7. J.J. Lende, Haines, 21:00; 8. Nychele Fishetti, Anchorage Christian, 21:01; 9. Barbara Towarak, Unalakleet-Degnan, 21:20; 10. Tillie Kaiser, Bethel Regional, 21:30.

Other Southeast finishers: 12. Christine Hansen, Haines, 21:44; 19. Jennifer Haydu, Craig, 22:08; 34. Laurie Brown, Wrangell, 22:50; 36. Alix Goodman, Haines, 23:16; 37. Emily Haydu, Craig, 23:18; 46. Ann Hansen, Haines, 23:43; 52. Candi Ketterman, Skagway, 23:58; 55. Yadira Ramirez, Klawock, 24:05; 58. Stefanie Claus, Craig, 24:07; 59. Glenne Coffey, Craig, 24:12; 72. Hannah Henderson, Metlakatla, 24:40; 76. Karen Boyce, Haines, 24:52; 88. Nicole Packer, Craig, 26:14; 91. Ashley Mueller, Craig, 27:20; 93. Keala Durgan, Craig, 28:08; 94. Kelly Hansen, 28:54.



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