Ostrander, Knotek take Mount Marathon junior titles

SoHi graduate Knight takes second in men's race

A pair of Kenai Peninsula runners took Mount Marathon junior titles Monday in Seward.

Soldotna's Allie Ostrander, 14, took the girls title for the second straight year. Her time of 30 minutes, 32 seconds, halfway up and down the 3,022-foot mountain overlooking Seward gives her a new girls record for the second straight year. Ostrander, who has three more years in the junior division, took 43 seconds off of her record. She finished ninth overall in the race.

Miles Knotek of Moose Pass won the boys race at 26:18. The 16-year-old was short of the record 24:34 that Bill Spencer set in 1973. Knotek beat runner-up Lyon Kopsack of Palmer by 80 seconds.

In the men's race, Soldotna High School graduate and current Anchorage resident Brent Knight, 27, finished second at 44:58. Eric Strabel, 29, won in 44:40 for his first title. It was the second near miss for Knight, who collapsed in the final half mile while leading the race two years ago.

Olympic skier Kikkan Randall took her first women's title after finishing second four times. Randall won in 52:03, while Holly Brooks was second at 52:22. Brooks also was second last year.

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