The Juneau-Douglas High School cross country team's extended season came to an impressive close Saturday at the 2006 Foot Locker Western Region Cross Country Championships in Walnut, Calif.
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Crimson Bears freshman Leah Francis placed 17th out of 128 athletes in the girls' seeded race with a time of 19 minutes and 2 seconds. Jordan Hasay of Arroyo Grande, Calif., won the race in 17:43 at Mount San Antonio College.
The top 10 qualified for next weekend's national championships.
While Francis didn't make the top 10, her 17th place finish concludes one of the most amazing freshman season's in school history. She was the second-fastest freshman in Saturday's race and was named third-team all-region for her efforts. She will also be invited back to next year's regional championships as a seeded competitor. JDHS junior Katie Krehlik finished 106th at 21:24, Leigh Miller took 108th at 21:32 while Kirsten Jorgensen placed 128th at 26:08.
Other Alaska competitors in the elite race included West Valley's Crystal Pitney, who took 27th overall in 19:19. Haines' J.J. Lende placed 75th in 20:31, West Anchorage's Shoshana Keegan took 87th in 20:50 and Eagle River's Nychel Fischetti finished 77th in 20:31.
In the senior boys' race, Juneau's Nils Domke placed 76th out of 251 athletes with a time of 18:39. Crimson Bears teammate Andrew Flansaas clocked in at 19:00 for 97th position. John Hart of Cedar City, Utah won the race in 16:59.
Juneau's Hunter Brown placed 50th out of 156 competitors in the junior boys race with a time of 18:33. Justin Rose form Colville, Wash., won in 16:41.
In the sophomore girls race, Haines' Stoli Lende took 29th out of 188 in 20:55. Sarah Penney of Paradise Valley, Ariz., won in 19:39.
Juneau-Douglas ninth grader Alison DeLaBruere placed 83rd out of 136 runners in the girls freshman race in 24:32. Meghan Marvin of Clovis, Calif., won in 19:21.
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