Juneau-Douglas High School junior twins Tyler and Wesley Dinnan both recorded top-10 finishes in their races at the Foot Locker West Regional Cross Country Championships held Dec. 4 at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.
Tyler finished sixth out of 108 runners in Race No. 13, one of three races for high school junior boys at the meet that brought together top runners from a dozen states. Dinnan covered the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) course in 17 minutes, 12 seconds. T.J. Jackson of American Fork, Utah, won Race 13 in 16:56.
Wesley was in Race No. 15, also for high school junior boys, and took seventh place out of 104 runners. Dinnan covered the course in 17:25, part of a pack of six lead runners who trailed winner Rex Shields of Springville, Utah, by 20 to 30 seconds. Also in Race 15 was JDHS junior Justin Jones, who finished 63rd in 19:56.
In Race No. 21, the only race for freshmen girls, Katie Krehlik of Juneau finished 14th out of 127 runners in 21:12. Krystal Harper of Orem, Utah, won the race in 19:46.
In Race No. 9, one of three races for senior boys, Juneau's Greg Frank finished 52nd out of 84 runners in 19:06. James Jensen of Provo, Utah, won the race in 16:58.
In all there were 22 races for high school and middle school runners - and one race for coaches, parents and team supporters. The meet drew runners from Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii.
There was a race for seeded runners of each gender, with the top finishers from each of the four regionals moving on to the national championships.
Marie Lawrence of Reno, Nev., won the girls seeded race, posting a time of 17:56. Zoe Nelson of Kalispell, Mont., took second in 18:14, and Alma Escobar of Corona, Calif., was third in 18:16. Crystal Pitney of West Valley High School in Fairbanks was the only Alaska finisher, taking 13th place out of 121 runners in 18:59.
Kenneth Cormier of Douglas, Ariz., won the boys seeded race, finishing in 15:39. Yosef Ghebrey of Pleasanton, Calif., took second place in 15:44, followed by Diego Mercado of West Covina, Calif., in 15:46. David Bondi of Anchorage was the only Alaska runner in the boys seeded race, finishing 197th out of 200 runners in 19:19. Tyler Dinnan's time would have been in a tie for 84th place and Wesley Dinnan's time would have been in a tie for 115th place.
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