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During this fall's high school cross-country running season, the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears were led by sophomore Tristan Knutson-Lombardo and senior Molly Krehlik.
Even though the high school season ended on Sept. 28, Knutson-Lombardo and Krehlik were still posting the top times for Juneau runners during the Foot Locker West Regional races held Saturday at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.
Saturday's meet, which is one of four regionals held this weekend, is a qualifier for next Saturday's Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships at San Diego's Balboa Park. The regional featured 20 separate races for high school and middle school runners, plus a race for parents and coaches. It attracted the top runners from California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico.
Knutson-Lombardo finished 23rd out of 160 finishers in Race 16, one of two races held for sophomore boys, posting a time of 17 minutes, 52 seconds for the 5-kilometer high school course. Daniel Cuevas of Rialto, Calif., won the race in 16:46.
Krehlik was one of two Crimson Bears entered in Race 6, one of two races for senior girls, finishing 23rd out of 99 finishers with a time of 21:45. Phoebe Rohrbacher of JDHS took 41st place in 22:39. The race was won by Christina Jimenez of Apple Valley, Calif., in 19:52.
Gabe Hayden of JDHS took 36th place out of 150 finishers in Race 9, one of two senior boys races, posting a time of 18:06. Chauncey Peak of Spokane, Wash., won the race in 16:49.
William Horton of JDHS finished 143rd out of 158 in Race 8, the other senior boys race, posting a time of 21:58. His race was won by San Diego's Oswaldo Alvarez in 16:43.
Tyler Dinnan of JDHS took 32nd out of 104 runners in Race 19, one of two for freshman boys, posting a time of 19:26. Tyler's twin brother, Wesley, was entered in Race 18, which had 112 runners, but Wesley's name did not show up in the results. Manny Mejia Jr. of Pico Rivera, Calif., won Race 18 in 17:15.
The other Juneau runner at the meet was Katie Krehlik, a seventh grader at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. She took 46th out of 99 runners in Race 2, the race for combined seventh-eighth grade girls, posting a time of 14:18 for the 3-kilometer middle school course. Marie Lawrence of Reno, Nev., won the race in 11:39.
Juneau didn't have any runners in the two seeded races, which were used to select eight boys and eight girls to run in next week's national championships.
Zoe Nelson, a sophomore from Kalispell, Mont., won the seeded girls race in 18:02, beating Heidi Magill of Orem, Utah, who finished in 18:15. Kris Smith of West Anchorage High School finished ninth out of 137 runners in 18:49 for the top Alaska finish, just missing a spot in the national meet by 11 seconds. Other Alaskans in the seeded girls race were Dominique Colberg of Colony High (56th in 19:47), Leah Besh of East Anchorage (75th in 20:06), Emma Rea of West Anchorage (108th in 20:41) and Marci Mohler of Soldotna (127th in 21:24).
In the seeded boys race, Mike Poe, a senior from Alta Loma, Calif., won in 15:34, edging out Steve Shepherd of Eden, Utah, by four seconds. Alaska runners didn't fare as well in this race, with East Anchorage's Nathaniel Grabman finishing 104th out of 236 runners in 17:10 to lead the way. Other Alaska runners (some times and places listed were out of order in the results posted on the meet's Web site) included Jeff Quickel of Dimond (132nd in 17:32), Aaron Dickson of Palmer (149th in 17:26), Drew Dickson of Palmer (173rd in 17:06) and Devin McDowell of Lathrop (194th in 17:41).
In other highlights involving Alaska runners, Chugiak's Jesse Cherry won Race 17 for sophomore boys, posting a time of 17:04 to beat Benny Madrigal of Madera, Calif., by eight seconds. Also, Dimond's Bina Basler took third place in Race 21 for freshman girls, posting a time of 20:31 to finish behind winner Cecily Lemmon of Vacaville, Calif. (20:04) and runner-up Lindsay Machacek of Albuquerque, N.M. (20:29).