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Keegan, Dunbar take Skyview Invite

Wet conditions make hilly Tsalteshi Trails even more challenging for runners

Posted: Sunday, August 27, 2006

 

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  Kenai's Corey Rainey tries to dodge a puddle as his teammate Levi Sutton goes face first into the depths Saturday at the Skyview Invitational cross country meet. Wet, slippery conditions made the already challenging course an even greater hurdle. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Kenai's Corey Rainey tries to dodge a puddle as his teammate Levi Sutton goes face first into the depths Saturday at the Skyview Invitational cross country meet. Wet, slippery conditions made the already challenging course an even greater hurdle.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

West High’s Shoshana Keegan and Kodiak’s Trevor Dunbar each put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field to win the individual tiles at the Skyview Invitational Cross Country Meet on Saturday on Tsalteshi Trails.

“I was basically red-lining it the whole way. I had no energy for a kick. I left it all on the course today, so I’m pleased with myself,” Dunbar said after taking the boys 5-kilometer race in 16 minutes, 23.3 seconds, 8.2 seconds ahead of teammate Cory Pena.

Dunbar, a sophomore, said his race strategy was to lay back early and try to pass runners as the race progressed.

“Our plan was to take it out conservative and pick people off the whole race. If you blast from the beginning, you can get good position but you can wear yourself out for the rest of the race,” Dunbar said.

 

Becky Huggins cheers runners from the comfort of a folding chair and umbrella at the start of the girls varsity race Saturday at the Skyview Invitational.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

That strategy worked well for Dunbar and Pena as South Anchorage’s Aaron Fletcher led the charge up the first of Tsalteshi’s many hills, but the duo from Kodiak took control of the race by the 3-kilometer mark.

In the girls race, Keegan opted to take control from the start. The West junior moved to the front of the pack at the top of the Angle Hill, about 400 meters into the race. She never trailed after that, winning in 19:18.8. Runner-up Nychele Fischetti of Anchorage Christian was 28.9 seconds behind.

“I do that a lot. I feel more comfortable” running at the front, Keegan said of her race.

Seward’s Rubye Foldager, the top finisher from the Kenai Peninsula, also opted for the start-easy-and-move-up strategy in finishing sixth in the girls race in 20:20.8. Sister Denali Foldager was eighth, and Skyview’s Ivy O’Guinn was 12th in 20:48.6. Cook Inlet Academy’s Holly Kopp was 21st with a time of 21:12.1 in the field of 147.

“My coach told me and Denali not to go out with Nychele and the others,” Foldager said. “I wanted to — I’ve never run that way, picking off people from the back.”

Foldager said she counted Tsalteshi Trails among her favorite courses, second only to Palmer, where she set her personal record. Foldager said she ran on the course during summer camp at Solid Rock Bible Camp, and that got her pretty excited for the season.

“I can go really fast and I don’t get a side ache. The hills are in the perfect spots,” Foldager said of why she likes the course, which will also host the state meet. “Maybe it’s because I’m such a veteran on this course. I know every little puddle on it.”

 

Seward's Rubye Foldager gets a hug from her mother and assistant coach Patti after finishing the Skyview Invitational on Saturday afternoon.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Foldager reported quite a few puddles on the course, though just one gave her problems.

“I almost took myself out,” she said.

With two runners in the top 10, Seward finished third in the team standings. West, led by Keegan, placed four runners in the top 10 and easily won the team title.

“I’m happy I trained hard enough during the summer to get to where I am. We’ve got such a good team this year, I’m so excited,” Keegan said.

The Kodiak boys also claimed a team title, placing three runners in the top 10. Dunbar said he liked being able to travel to big meets.

“It’s a lot of pressure to get the most out of yourself you can get because the best runners in the state are here. I get the frequent flyer miles, too,” Dunbar said.

Dunbar said Tsalteshi Trails was a good venue for the state meet.

“I like it. The strongest survive,” he said. “It really tests your guts and your will.”

Travis Price of Seward was the top peninsula finisher in the boys race, taking 25th in 17:56.4.

Skyview Invitational Cross Country Meet

Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails

GIRLS

Team results — 1. West, 36; 2. Dimond, 142; 3. Seward, 150; 4. South Anchorage, 163; 5. Service, 192; 6. Anchorage Christian, 197; 6. Colony, 197; 8. Eagle River, 202; 9. East, 208; 10. Chugiak, 228; 11. Kodiak, 234; 11. Wasilla, 234; 13. Grace Christian, 272; 14. Skyview, 296; 15. Palmer, 367; 16. Bethel, 498; 17. Soldotna, 505; 18. Bartlett, 508; 19. Kotzebue, 540.

Top 10 individual finishers — 1. Shoshana Keegan, Wes, 19 minutes, 18.8 seconds; 2. Nychele Fischetti, ACS, 19:47.7; 3. Jaime Bronga, Eas, 19:49.0; 4. Letitia Luch, Wes, 19:54.8; 5. Caitlyn Patterson, SA, 20:02.4; 6. Rubye Foldager, Sew, 20:20.8; 7. Delia Luch, Wes, 20:27.5; 8. Denali Foldager, Sew, 20:30.0; 9. Marcelyn Luch, Wes, 20:39.7; 10. Jackie Holt, Ser, 20:43.0.

Other peninsula finishers — 12. Ivy O’Guinn, Sky, 20:48.6; 21. Holly Kopp, CIA, 21:12.1; 42. Kalee Alsworth, Ken, 21:53.3; 49. Allison Barnwell, Sew, 22:07.1; 51. Brooke Forsi, CIA, 22:10.2; 55. Kailey Mucha, Sol, 22:15.2; 66. Tekla Backlund, Sew, 22:28.6; 70. Michaela Hutchison, Sky, 22:32.9; 72. Amanda Millay, Sky, 22:34.0; 73. Marquee Lucas, Sky, 22:35.7; 78. Kendra Oldow, Sew, 22:45.2; 86. Tana Alsworth, Ken, 23:04.5; 90. Arial Barker, Sky, 23:16.9; 91. Mallory Millay, Sky, 23:24.3; 95. Maggie McCarron, Hom, 23:30.2; 96. Amanda Smith, Sol, 23:30.4; 98. Kendra Merkes, Sky, 23:32.3; 102. Frances Bursch, Hom, 23:44.9; 116. Juno Prochazka, Sew, 24:32.78; 118. Katie Arsenault, Hom, 24:34.8; 119. Lindsay Henkleman, Hom, 24:35.4; 124. Gerrica Moore, Ken, 24:56.5; 131. Sarah Walton, Sol, 25:39.6; 137. Lauren Baldwin, Ken, 27:20.8; 145. Emily Smola, Sol, 29:48.3; 146. Jordan Schneider, Sol, 30:51.8; 147. Hannah Chase, Sol, 30:52.2.

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Team results — 1. Kodiak, 37; 2. South Anchorage, 109; 3. Colony, 125; 4. Anchorage Christian, 130; 5. Dimond, 147; 6. Bartlett, 229; 7. West, 232; 8. Grace, 236; 9. Service, 239; 10. Heritage, 277; 11. Skyview, 341; 12. East, 342; 13. Wasilla, 363; 14. Chugiak, 389; 15. Seward, 413; 16. Eagle River, 474; 17. Valdez, 478; 18. Palmer, 498; 19. Nome, 531; 20. Bethel, 535; 21. Kenai Central, 563; 22. Susitna Valley, 594; 23. Soldotna, 612; 24. Kotzebue, 619; 25. Homer, 646; 26. Houston, 747.

Top 10 individual finishers — 1. Trevor Dunbar, Kod, 16:23.3; 2. Cory Pena, Kod, 16:31.5; 3. Michael Miller, ACS, 16:55.7; 4. Aaron Fletcher, SA, 17:01.4; 5. Jimmy Sliwa, Was, 17:05.8; 6. Lucas Fried, Kod, 17:07.3; 7. Ryan Hanley, Dimond, 17:07.6; 8. Brian Kirchner, SA, 17:08.1; 9. Colin Singleton, ER, 17:09.4; 10. Carlos Arias, ACS, 17:17.1.

Other peninsula finishers — 25. Travis Price, Sew, 17:56.4; 50. Scott Begins, Sky, 18:29.6; 53. Mike Moerlein, Sky, 18:30.9; 54. Tommy Honer, Sky, 18:32.9; 72. Alex Cloward, Sew, 19:00.1; 73. Lucas Thein, Sky, 19:02.2; 74. Garrett Hoanin, Hom, 19:03.3; 77. Alex Stone, Sol, 19:04.9; 78. Corey Rainey, Ken, 19:05.3; 79. Levi Sutton, Ken, 19:05.6; 91. Mark Chase, Sew, 19:26.3; 108. Kevin Talens, Sew, 19:47.4; 109. Aaron Julien, Sol, 19:49.2; 111. Johnny Cook, Sky, 19:51.7; 114. Jordan Merkes, Sky, 19:56.2; 117. Koal Backlund, Sew, 20:03.5; 118. Tyler Hass, Hom, 20:04.8; 120. Brad Denesen, Ken, 20:08.2; 122. John Forsi, CIA, 20:12.0; 124. Brett Vadla, Sol, 20:16.8; 125. Chuck Kopp, CIA, 20:17.5; 131. Patrick Schneider, Hom, 20:29.0; 133. Aaron Sarka, Sew, 20:31.8; 134. Joey Aho, Ken, 20:32.1; 142. Glen Norcross, Sew, 20:51.0; 146. Ryan Helminski, Sky, 20:56.0; 147. Jacob Ghormley, Sol, 20:57.6; 156. Thomas Hammelman, Ken, 21:32.3; 159. Peter Walsworth, Hom, 21:56.6; 160. Bradley Maples, Sol, 22:01.1; 161. Stryker McLane, Sol, 22:06.9; 163. Quintun Pribbenow, Ken, 22:18.4; 165. Brett Ciufo, Sol, 22:28.3; 170. Conner Smith, Hom, 23:33.2.



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