JDHS’ Gretchen Neal (left), and Marina Lloyd sprint to the finish line in Petersburg on Friday during the Petersburg Invitational cross country meet. (Courtesy Photo | Zack Bursell)

JDHS’ Gretchen Neal (left), and Marina Lloyd sprint to the finish line in Petersburg on Friday during the Petersburg Invitational cross country meet. (Courtesy Photo | Zack Bursell)

Thunder Mountain girls see improvement in Petersburg Invite

Sitka boys, Ketchikan girls win team titles

The Thunder Mountain High School girls placed three runners in the top-10 at the Petersburg Invitational cross country meet on Friday afternoon.

Swift runs by sophomores Hannah Deer (20:55) and Ellie Knapp (22:18) and freshman Kiah Dihle (21:03) lifted the Falcons into third place behind the Ketchikan Kings and Petersburg Vikings. Deer, who was running in just her second meet of the season, reduced her time by four minutes to finish in second place behind Petersburg sophomore Maia Cowan, who won the 5-kilometer race in 19 minutes, 51 seconds. Dihle was third and Knapp came in ninth overall.

“I think we all felt a lot stronger (than last weekend) it also helped that it was not my first race of the season,” Deer said.

Freshman Marina Lloyd (13th, 22:48) led the way for the Juneau-Douglas girls, beating teammate Gretchen Neal to the finish by half of a second.

Sitka won the boys race handily, packing four runners in the top-10. The JDHS and TMHS boys came in third and sixth, respectively.

Junior Tucker Kelly finished third overall behind Sitka’s Dominic Baciocco and Skyler McIntyre. Kelly, like most of his teammates, was happy to see his time drop from last weekend to this weekend. The Skagway Invitational, in addition to being steep in parts, was reportedly a bit over 5-kilometers in distance.

“It was really refreshing to run on something that kind of aligned with all the other courses,” Kelly said. “I’m happy about it because it’s faster than what I ran at the beginning of the season.”

Boys Team Scores

1. Sitka 38; 2. Ketchikan 49; 3. JDHS 80; 4. Petersburg 107; 5. Haines 131; 6. TMHS 142; 7. Mt. Edgecumbe 213; 8. Metlakatla 277; 9. Craig 291; 10. Klawock 305.

Girls Team Scores

1. Ketchikan 51; 2. Petersburg 65; 3. TMHS 72; 4. JDHS 79; 5. Haines 133; 6. Sitka 168; 7. Mt. Edgecumbe 169; 8. Wrangell 173

Top-25 Boys Results

1. Dominic Baciocco, Sitka, 16:39

2. Skyler McIntyre, Sitka, 16:59

3. Tucker Kelly, Thunder Mountain, 17:22

4. Siyel George, Haines, 17:25

5. Tolin Eddy, Petersburg, 17:34

6. Bryce Knudsen, Kake, 18:00

7. Micky Lapinski, Ketchikan, 18:02

8. Brent Capps, Ketchikan 18:20

9. Tabor Buxton, Sitka, 18:30

10. Kobi Weiland, Sitka, 18:31

11. Max Dapcevich, Juneau-Douglas, 18:40

12. Charlie Blair, Ketchikan, 18:41

13. Jacob King, Ketchikan, 18:41

14. Dwight King, Ketchikan, 18:41

15. Colton Johns, JDHS, 18:48

16. Tim Degener, JDHS, 18:49

17. Hunter Matthews, Ketchikan, 18:54

18. Brennan Skeek, Petersburg, 18:54

19. Hahlen Behnken Barkau, Sika 18:56

20. Derek Bartlett, Sitka, 18:58

21. Samuel Holst, Juneau-Douglas, 18:59

22. Shawn Merry, Kake, 19:00

23. Aaron Blust, Juneau-Douglas, 19:03

24. Kirby Faverty, Haines, 19:07

25. Chase Lister, Petersburg, 19:15

Top-25 Girls Results

1. Maia Cowan, Petersburg, 19:51

2. Hannah Deer, Thunder Mountain, 20:55

3. Kiah Dihle, Thunder Mountain, 21:03

4. Morgan Elerding, Ketchikan, 21:14

5. Kendra Coonrad, Petersburg, 21:39

6. Avery Williamson, Haines, 21:46

7. Ruby McCue, Ketchikan, 22:07

8. Elizabeth Knapp, Thunder Mountain, 22:18

9. Ashly Cyr, Ketchikan, 22:24

10. Lillian Borromeo, Hydaburg, 22:24

11. Melanie Chase, Petersburg, 22:25

12. Paige Boehlert, Ketchikan, 22:34

13. Marina Lloyd, Juneau-Douglas, 22:48

14. Gretchen Neal, Juneau-Douglas, 22:48

15. Brystel Charlie, Mt. Edgecumbe, 22:56

16. Liana Carney, Wrangell, 23:07

17. Hannah Boron, Haines, 23:12

18. Lily Otsea, Juneau-Douglas, 23:13

19. Sosan Monsef, Juneau-Douglas, 23:22

20. Ayah Hart, Juneau-Douglas, 23:26

21. Maggie Boehlert, Ketchikan, 23:27

22. Becky Grube, Juneau-Douglas, 23:28

23. Rachel Knight, Ketchikan, 23:44

24. Tawny Smith, Sitka, 23:59

25. Avery Skeek, Petersburg, 24:00

• Contact sports reporter Nolin Ainsworth at 523-2272 or nainsworth@juneauempire.com. Follow Empire Sports on Twitter at @akempiresports.

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