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Allie Ostrander wins Palmer Invitational

Kenai girls take team title

Posted: September 10, 2011 - 9:27pm

PALMER - Allie Ostrander has spent her freshman season taking the state by storm. But the Kenai ninth-grader hasn't surprised at least one Valley runner.

"She's amazing. She's always pushing to do better," Wasilla sophomore Mariah Burroughs, Ostrander's cousin, said after the 4A girls race of the Palmer Invitational on Saturday.

Much like she did during the Colony Invitational last week, and basically every race so far during her young high school career, Ostrander blew by the competition, sprinting to an early lead and running alone en route to her winning time of 17 minutes and 51 seconds on the Michael Janecek Trails at Palmer High. Ostrander's time was more than 40 seconds faster than runner-up Megan Edic of Lathrop.

Burroughs, who finished seventh with a time of 18:55, has been part of a pack of Alaska talent running behind Ostrander throughout the 2011 season.

But the chance to run with her cousin has meant the most to Burroughs.

The cousins are actually part of two sets of siblings on the cross-country trails this fall. Her younger sister, freshman Riley, joins Burroughs.

Ostrander's older sister, Taylor, is a senior on the Kenai squad.

Burroughs said there is no rivalry here.

"We've kind of waited for this year," Burroughs said. "We've had a lot of run with it, knowing that all four of us get to race together. It's really amazing. Really special."

Ostrander and teammate Bailey Beeson, who finished third in the meet, helped the Kardinals win the girls team title of the Palmer Invite. Kenai placed first with 78 points, and finished nearly 19 points ahead of second-place West Anchorage and 25 in front of third-place Wasilla.

Burroughs led Wasilla, the defending 4A state champions, with her seventh-place finish and was one of two Warriors to place in the top 10.

Wasilla head coach Gary Howell said Burroughs has emerged as the front-runner on his squad.

"Mariah's figuring out she can run on her own," Howell said of the sophomore. "She doesn't need to wait for her teammates. She's starting to discover how tough she really is. Her training has just been very key.
"She's very focused, and she's just going to get better as the season goes on."

Freshman Peggy Mathis, who ran among the top seven for a chunk of the race, placed 10th with a mark of 19:15. Jessica Pahkala was 19th for the Warriors.

Howell said the Palmer Invite was probably the biggest test of the season, so far.

"This is the best state preview we've seen in a long time," Howell said.

"Everybody was actually here. This is a better indicator, by far, than (the Skyview Invitational). It's later in the season. We're three weeks until state."

The emergence of Ostrander has also made things interesting.

"I don't know if she's elevated the state yet, just because she's so far in front. The girls can't see her," Howell said.

Howell said it's different than some of the past fast freshman who have come on the scene in recent seasons.

"She takes off and destroys people by such a large margin," Howell said.

"I don't know that anyone's even chasing her as much as they're running for second."

Howell said a unique thing about girls cross-country is one freshman can change the entire landscape of the competition.

"Kenai picks up Allie, two years ago they didn't have enough girls to have a team," Howell said. "Look at West. They've got three freshman and all the sudden they're in the hunt for the state title. They weren't even in the conversation before that."

2011 Palmer Cross Country
Invitational
Palmer High School
Class 4A girls five-kilometer
1. Ostrander, Allie, Ken,, 17:51.13; 2. Edic, Megan, Lat, 18:34.53; 3. Beeson, Bailey, Ken, 18:40.95; 4. Michaelson, Audrey, Col, 18:42.27; 5. Blanchet, Lydia, Wes, 18:43.81; 6. Northey, Jenette, Ser, 18:45.79; 7. Burroughs, Mariah, Was, 18:55.09. 8. Lizotte, Brooke, Lat, 19:01.57; 9. Roelle, Rachel, Wes, 19:11.30; 10. Mathis, Peggy, Was, 19:15.55.
Other Peninsula finishers
17. Mucha, Bree, Sol, 19:29.91; 19. Steffensen, Hope, Ken, 19:37.08; 24. Ostrander, Taylor, Ken, 19:42.82; 28, McCormick, Danielle, Sol, 20:02.65; 37. Schmitter-Schrier, Noelle, Ken, 20:24.78; 38. Soistman, Cassidy, Hom, 20:27.91; 69. Hutchison, Hannah, Sky, 21:39.30; 72. Fox, Sadie, Sol, 21:46.08; 76. Jantzi, Pam, Homer, 22:02.43; 81. Seneff, Rebecca, Hom, 22:13.83; 86. Mastolier, Valerie, Hom, 22:27.92; 88. Duran, Kirsten, Ken, 22:44.98; 90. Merkes, Maranda, Sol, 22:53.74; 93. Winter, Chelsea, Sky, 23:23.83; 95. Peters, Mattea, Hom, 24:07.13.
Class 4A boys five-kilometer
1. Noon, Peter, Wes, 15:57.95; 2. Romey, Max, Ser, 16:00.93; 3. Grzeda, Kuba, Wes, 16:02.76; 4. Francis, David, Jun, 16:04.06; 5. Christiansen, Cole, Kod, 16:14.59; 6. Minturn, Mason, Pal, 16:29.90; 7. Miller, Jesse, Jun, 16:34.40; 8. Thomet, Levi, Kod, 16:35.77; 9, Farr, John, Eas, 16:36.57; 10. McPhetres, David, Chu, 16:39.08.
Other Peninsula finishers
20. Hilbish, Micah, Sky, 17:03.92; 29. Machaud, Fox, Ken, 17:10.92; 43. Theisen, Jonah, Ken, 17:26.82; 51. Sparks, Bud, Sky, 17:37.03; 53. Janorschke, Sam, Sky, 17:38.15; 58. Adickes, Dan, Homer, 17:45.84; 60. Semmens, Travis, Ken, 17:47.67; 66. Theisen, Jordan, Ken, 17:56.05; 72. VanTrease, Josh, Hom, 18:04.60; 79. Atchley, Evan, Ken, 18:10.41; 80. Jensen, Dillon, Sol, 18:11.35; 87. Bullerdick, Matthew, Sky, 18:24.61; 89. Viekstrom, Jonas, Sol, 18:25.60; 92. Mole, Nate, Ken, 18:26.67; 94. Musgrave, Brenner, Sky, 18:30.93; 96. Springer, Alex, Ken, 18:34.05; 102. Mccarron, Connor, Hom, 18:51.30; 109. Worsfold, Jake, Hom, 19:00.78; 110. Beachy, Brandon, Hom, 19:01.77; 113. Cooper, Kade, Sky, 19:13.70; 118. Green, Darien, Sol, 19:45.13; 120. Lucas, Garren, Sky, 19:54.16; 123. Walsworth, John, Hom, 20:23.14; 124. Lewis, Daniel, Sol, 20:35.78; 126. Diehl, Colton, Sol, 20:38.56.
Class 1-2-3A girls five-kilometer
1. Wilson, Kailey, KL, 19:25.66. 2. Ohotnicky, Colette, Hol, 19:46.88. 3. Applegate, Cheyenne, Gra, 19:49.63. 4. Arnold, Elle, Gra, 19:53.55; 5. Fifield, Macala, Mon, 19:55.25; 6. Hamberger, Sara, Cor, 20:05.05; 7. Davis, BethAnne, Gra, 20:06.07; 8. Trujillo, Claire, Gra, 20:13.06; 9, Trujillo, Anna, Gra, 20:18.80. 10. Murtiff, Mickey, BE, 20:26.18.
Other Peninsula finishers
47. Klaich, Kilina, Nik, 27:04.40; 54. Dorvall, Nianiella, Nik, 27:53.96; 62. Kulikov, Hionia, Nik, 35:24.11.
Class 1-2-3A boys five-kilometer
1, Ionashku, Andrey, Del, 16:18.22; 2. Klein, John, Gra, 16:36.24; 3, Monzon, Austin, Anc, 17:07.00; 4, Serventi, Daniel, Gra, 17:13.21; 5. Karlberg, Hans, Gra, 17:22.89; 6. Thomas, Josh, Gra, 17:27.76; 7. Isaacs, Ivan David, Gra, 17:33.01; 8. Machacek, Nathan, Anc, 17:37.55; 9. Bukowski, Jo, Che, 17:40.35; 10. Mossgrove, Arlen, Gle, 17:41.14.
Other Peninsula finishers
32. Klaich, Blake, Nik, 19:02.75; 72. Mametieff, Eric, Nik, 22:48.43; 73. Yakunin, Anthony, Nik, 23:04.24.
Team results
Boys 4A - 1. West Valley, 50; 2. Kodiak, 70; 3. Service, 87; 4. Palmer, 139; 5. Lathrop, 166; 6. Juneau Douglas, 171; 7. Chugiak, 211; 8. Wasilla, 250; 9. West, 255; 10. Kenai Central, 277; 11. Colony, 284; 12. South, 288; 13. East, 298; 14. Skyview, 305; 15. Eagle River, 364; 16. Homer, 451; 17. Soldotna, 537; 18. Bartlett, 545; 19. Houston, 557; 20. North Pole, 574.
Girls 4A - 1. Kenai Central, 78; 2. West, 97; 3. Wasilla, 103; 4. Lathrop, 141; 5. South, 142; 6. Eagle River, 143; 7. Kodiak, 167; 8. Colony, 170; 9. West Valley, 210; 10. East, 201; 11. Service, 221; 12. Palmer, 287; 13. HOmer, 335; 14. Chugiak, 394.
Boys 1-2-3A - 1. Grace Christian, 24; 2. ACS, 63; 3. Delta, 96; 4. Bethel, 119; 5. Valdez, 135; 6. Eielson, 148; 7. Cordova, 196; 8. Monroe, 197; 9. Chevak, 208; 10. Galena, 260; 11. Barrow, 273.
Girls 1-2-3A - 1. Grace Christian, 15; Bethel, 70; 3. Eielson, 82; 4. ACS, 110; 5. Hutchison, 111; 6. Galena, 137.

 

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