Like Jager, 15, of Anchorage, clocked 27 minutes, 39 seconds on the trip halfway up the 3,022-foot peak and back to the finish downtown to win the juniors' race. That marked his personal best by 2:03, and allowed him to top the field by 84 seconds. Riana Boonstra, 14, of Kenai, seized her first girls title, crossing in 32:38 to slash an astounding 5:08 off her previous best and win by 82 seconds.
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The race was expected to be fast, with the six-time junior champion Allie Ostrander and professional mountain runner Emelie Forsberg on a collision course ever since Forsberg announced she planned to enter the race earlier this spring.