Wasilla makes history: Warriors girls take 1st Skyview Invite

Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010

As Wasilla cross country coach Gary Howell examined the results from Saturday's Skyview Invitational, it took him a moment to process what he saw. Out of 15 schools, his girls were at the top of the page, winning the event for the first time in school history. Wasilla's previous best finish was seventh, according to Howell.

"Wow. I can't believe we won that. I'm just in awe," Howell said. "That has been a long time coming."

Howell knew winning wasn't out of the realm of possibility.

"I had a feeling we had a chance to do something special," he said.

When Howell took over as head coach five years ago, Wasilla had just five girls. Since then, the Warriors' program has been growing.

"With numbers, you can find speed," Howell said.

Wasilla had five runners finish in the top 30 out of the 112 that competed in the event. South Anchorage, which finished second, pushed the Warriors during the race, Howell said. Grace Christian came in third as a team.

"It's a good state preview," Howell said. "This will give us confidence."

Howell has been thinking of taking his team Outside to compete. The girls win has him leaning toward this year as being the time to go.

"Why go out of state if you can't beat everyone in the state?" Howell said. "This kind of validates maybe we should go out of state."

Service sophomore Jenette Northey won the girls five-kilometer race with a time of 18 minutes, 43 seconds. Kodiak's Jaymi Bethea was less than four seconds behind Northey in second and Wasilla's Jenna Ford placed third.

About a half hour after crossing the finish line, Northey was still comprehending the race.

"I'm still trying to take it all in," she said. "I was definitely not looking for first."

"She did awesome," Cougars head coach Danielle Dalton said. "She just doesn't seem to have any barriers in her mind."

Northey said she was hoping to finish in the top three.

"I definitely surprised myself," she said.

For much of the race, Northey said she and Ford were side by side. Northey started breaking away in the final kilometer.

"I pretty much went all out from there to the finish line," she said.

Using Tsalteshi Trails' rolling hills to her advantage, Northey said she pushed hard on the downhills.

"I guess I'm a hill person," she said.

A breeze and light rain made for cool temperatures during the race. But the elements weren't a factor for Northey.

"In Alaska you have to be ready for anything," she said. "We all know that."

Bethea ran much of the race with fourth-place finisher Kailey Wilson. Coming off of an injury, Bethea said she wasn't sure what to expect going into the race.

"I was just trying to hang with them," she said of Ford and Northey.

Bethea said she caught Ford at the top of the final hill. After passing her, Bethea sprinted hard to the finish line.

"I'm always afraid of getting passed at the end," she said. "I just try to hold them off."

On the boys side, it was all Service.

The Cougars had five runners finish in the top 10 out of 144 participants.

"We do have a lot of depth," Dalton said. "We've been focusing on personal goals."

Service's Jani Lane edged out teammate Silas Talbot by two-tenths of a second to win the boys race with a time of 15:56.5. South Anchorage's Brandon Brewster placed third.

"Aside from really painful, it was really cool," Lane said. "We've been training together for almost four years."

Lane said he and Talbot were neck-and-neck the whole race.

"We yo-yoed back and forth," he said. "I don't think there was ever a gap of more than a second between us."

Lane just beat Talbot across the line as the two were in an all-out sprint at the finish.

"You got to go for it," Lane said. "I just had it right when it came down to it."

"It's awesome to see them come in together," Dalton said. "They're teammates but they're also pushing each other."

Dalton said one of the her favorite aspects of the team is how much fun they have each day.

"The best thing about this team is their attitude," she said. "This really is a family."

Soldotna's Bree Mucha led the peninsula in the girls race with a sixth-place finish in 19:19.1, while Kenai's Bailey Beeson was seventh just four-tenths of a second behind. The top girls team was Kenai at eighth.

The Kenai boys led the peninsula by finishing sixth. Kenai's Travis Semmens topped the peninsula by finishing 33rd.

2010 Skyview Invite at Tsalteshi Trails

Boys Team Scores

1. Service 28 points; 2. Kodiak 58; 3. Wasilla 122; 4. Chugiak 132; 5. Grace Christian 135; 6. Kenai Central 234; 7. Seward 259; 8. Dimond 268; 9. South 274; 10. East 288; 11. West 294; 12. Bartlett 301; 13. Palmer 207; 14. Eagle River 338; 15. Anchorage Christian Schools 341; 16. Bethel 388; 17. Skyview 410; 18. Cordova 563; 19. Soldotna 589.

Girls Team Scores

1. Wasilla 66 points; 2. South 71; 3. Grace Christian 106; 4. Dimond 110; 5. Service 125; 6. Kodiak 165; 7. East 181; 8. Kenai Central 191; 9. Soldotna 253; 10. Seward 289; 11. Chugiak 294; 12. Palmer 309; 13. Bartlett 317; 14. Eagle River 342; 15. Bethel 393.

Boys five-kilometer race

1. Jani Lane, Ser, 15:56.5; 2. Silas Talbot, Ser, 15:56.7; 3. Brandon Brewster, Sou, 16:25; 4. James Osowski, Kod, 16:27; 5. John Klein, Gra, 16:29; 6. Aaron Wheatall, Ser, 16:30; 7. Nathan Deer, Kod, 16:31; 8. Noah Ripley, Was, 16:32; 9. Max Romey, Ser, 16:35; 10. Ben Wheatall, Ser, 16:36; 11. Cole Christiansen, Kod, 16:37; 12. John Weber, Gra, 16:57; 13. Jordan Fogle, Kod, 17:05; 14. Lucas Hepler, Ser, 17:06; 15. Scott Wheeler, Wes, 17:07; 16. Brandon King, ER, 17:09; 17. Isaac Lammers, Chu, 17:11; 18. Joseph Dillon, Gra, 17:12.1; 19. Mason Minturn, Pal, 17:12.9; 20. Tim Sorensen, Chu, 17:13; 21. Simon Fischer, Was, 17:19.1; 22. Austin Gillespie, Sew, 17:19.6; 23. Caleb Nymeyer, Kod, 17:22.2; 24. Joshua Pahkala, Was, 17:22.9; 25. John Farr, Eas, 17:23.

26. Jake Salus, Kod, 17:24; 27. Chris Osiensky, Pal, 17:31.1; 28. Jake Alward, Dim, 17:31.6; 29. Mark Schmidt, Chu, 17:32; 30. Forrest Mahlen, Sou, 17:35.4; 31. Chris Kveseth, Chu, 17:35.7; 32. Keith Thompson, Was, 17:35.9; 33. Travis Semmens, Ken, 17:39; 34. Sebastian Strickland, Nik, 17:40; 35. Brett Chase, Sew, 17:42.0; 36. Brewer Kenny, Chu, 17:42.7; 37. David McPhetres, Chu, 17:48; 38. Michael Johnston, Was, 17:49.0; 39. Scott Walker, Kod, 17:49.8; 40. Anthony Keller, Was, 17:50; 41. Ben Fitzgerald, Chu, 17:51; 42. Bud Sparks, Sky, 17:53; 43. Fox Michaud, Ken, 17:54; 44. Evan Atchley, Ken, 17:55; 45. Thomas O'Harra, Eas, 17:57.6; 46. Stephen Butler, Bar, 17:57.8; 47. Alec Tenne, Bar, 18:00; 48. Jordan Edwards, Gra, 18:03.1; 49. Miles Knotek, Sew, 18:03.9; 50. Matt Froehlich, Dim, 18:05.

51. Joseph Swope, Bet, 18:07.3; 52. Ben Smith, ER, 18:07.5; 53. Daniel Tedrick, ACS, 18:08; 54. Daniel Serventi, Gra, 18:09; 55. Andrew Mole, Ken, 18:10; 56. Pj Sebastioni, Bar, 18:12; 57. Quinton Metcalf, Gra, 18:14.4; 58. Austin Monzon, ACS, 18:14.8; 59. Reed Tennyson, Dil, 18:15.5; 60. Max Dan, Wes, 18:15.8; 61. Erskine Frank, Dim, 18:17; 62. Konnor Petersen, Wes, 18:19; 63. Matthew Eller, Gra, 18:20; 64. James Watkins, Ken, 18:21.0; 65. Stephen Stooksbury, ACS, 18:21.7; 66. John Corr, Dim, 18:28; 67. Elliott Hoffman, Bet, 18:29.3; 68. George Keeney, Val, 18:29.5; 69. Ryan Tracy, Was, 19:29.8; 70. Montoya Isaiah, Eas, 18:33; 71. Kerrick Eagle, Dim, 18:34; 72. Matthew Moore, Sew, 18:35; 73. Dan Adickes, Hom, 18:36; 74. Skyler Frank, Eas, 18:37.1; 75. Michael Bramer, Bar, 18:37.3.

76. Andy Schafer, Sou, 18:37.6; 77. Cameron Ginochio, Dim, 18:38.1; 78. Ryan Williams, ACS, 18:38.3; 79. Connor McCarron, Hom, 18:38.6; 80. Alex Springer, Ken, 18:39; 81. Jeremiah Klejka, Bet, 18:40; 82. Andrew Liebing, Pal, 18:44; 83. Sam Janorschke, Sky, 18:50.7; 84. Andrew Martin, Sou, 18:50.9; 85. Eli Shayer, Wes, 18:53; 86. Jacob Volz, Wes, 18:57; 87. Jacob Wahry, Eas, 18:58; 88. Willie Dalton, Eas, 18:59; 89. Andrew Tenne, Bar, 19:00; 90. Bryce Wolery, ER, 19:04; 91. Nathan Feemster, Sew, 19:07; 92. Glacier Rohrer, Val, 19:10; 93. Matt Malnoske, Eas, 19:12; 94. Leif Danielson, Sky, 19:13; 95. Jesse Klejka, Bet, 19:14; 96. Oliver Johnson, Sou, 19:17; 97. Cody White, Pal, 19:18; 98. Evan Fisher, ER, 19:19; 99. Sean Herrmann, Pal, 19:20; 100. Cameron Johnson, ER, 19:22.

101. Brayton Johnson, ACS, 19:24; 102. Jess Johns, Val, 19:25.1; 103. Brice Muniz, Pal, 19:25.7; 104. Radhames Rosier, ACS, 19:27.2; 105. Drew Drake, Hou, 19:27.9; 106. Brayden Holt, Sky, 19:29.4; 107. Trevor Woodhouse, ACS, 19:29.8; 108. Dane Meyer, Cor, 19:32; 109. Sawyer Birnbaum, Wes, 19:33.2; 110. Nate Mole, Ken, 19:33.5; 111. Dylan Faulkner, Hom, 19:33.9; 112. Ben Americus, Cor, 19:34; 113. Doug Watts, Wes, 19:35; 114. Jeremiah Hilbish, Sky, 19:38.1; 115. Colton Schneider, Sol, 19:38.3; 116. Kevin Waterman, ER, 19:39; 117. Seth O'Brien, Bet, 19:40; 118. Jared Lindquist, Sew, 19:43; 119. Joseph Liu, Bet, 19:53; 120. Luke Wright, Pal, 19:55.2; 121. Forest Fisher, ER, 19:55.6; 122. David Braudis, Bar, 19:59; 123. Matthew Trail, Niko, 20:02; 124. Joshua Hamberger, Cor, 20:11; 125. Carl Jimmie, Bet, 20:12.

126. Noah Perry, Sky, 20:15; 127. Tim Bramer, Bar, 20:18; 128. Sawyer Skiba, Nik, 20:25; 129. Kevin Stone, Sol, 20:28; 130. Sam Wuerthmueller, Sky, 20:29; 131. Jamison Ritchey, Hou, 20:35; 132. Luke Michael, Sol, 20:37; 133. James Allen, Cor, 20:39; 134. Blake Klaich, Niko, 20:45; 135. Darien Green, Sol, 20:48.3; 136. Garrett Elder, Hou, 20:48.9; 137. Wright Kenyon, Hou, 20:49; 138. Ari Bennett, Nik, 21:09; 139. Intimayo Harbison, Sol, 21:19; 140. Jory Hubbard, Sol, 22:09; 141. Adam Zamudio, Cor, 22:11; 142. Eric Mametieff, Niko, 22:18; 143. Bill Perry, Cor, 24:14; 144. Paul Curran, Cor, 24:16.

Girls five-kilometer race

1. Jenette Northey, Ser, 18:43; 2. Jaymi Bethea, Kod, 18:47; 3. Jenna Ford, Was, 18:57; 4. Kailey Wilson, KL, 18:58.0; 5. Amelia Hennessy, Dim, 18:58.6; 6. Bree Mucha, Sol, 19:19.1; 7. Bailey Beeson, Ken, 19:19.5; 8. Mariah Applegate, Gra, 19:23; 9. Rachel Roelle, Wes, 19:30; 10. Annie Liotta, Wes, 19:32; 11. Sarah Freistone, Dim, 19:37; 12. Katy Culver, Sou, 19:44; 13. Mariah Burroughs, Was, 19:45; 14. Merielle Vania, Sou, 19:47.0; 15. Morgan Dampier, Was, 19:47.2; 16. Emma Minge, Sou, 19:47.7; 17. Mandi Rinngenberg, Was, 19:51; 18. Sam Hartke, Chu, 19:55.1; 19. Grace Graham, Eas, 19:55.3; 20. Sarah Ng, Kod, 19:56.3; 21. Tsaina Mahlen, Sou, 19:56.8; 22. Melanie Smith, Sol, 19:59; 23. Kelly Yanoshek, Sou, 20:06; 24. Alexandria Okeson, Ser, 20:08.3; 25. BethAnne Davis, Gra, 20:08.7.

26. Taylor Ostrander, Ken, 20:09; 27. Claire Trujillo, Gra, 20:11; 28. Elle Arnold, Gra, 20:18; 29. Rebecca Farr, Eas, 20:26; 30. Jessica Pahkala, Was, 20:37; 31. Tessa Wygant, KL, 20:38; 32. Anna Trujillo, Gra, 20:42; 33. Madison Imig, Dim, 20:54; 34. Bailey Desaursure, Bar, 20:57; 35. Hannah Hutchison, Sky, 20:58; 36. Sadie Smith, Ser, 21:02; 37. Chloe Cook, Sou, 21:05; 38. Jessica Todd, Dim, 21:07.3; 39. Stephanie Kirk, Sou, 21:07.9; 40. Katie Weddleton, Wes, 21:11; 41. Hannah Xavier, Ser, 21:15; 42. Leisha Anderson, ACS, 21:21; 43. Tori Best, Dim, 21:22; 44. Liz Wheatall, Ser, 21:24; 45. Emily Biering, Eas, 21:25; 46. Betsy Winkle, Gra, 21:26; 47. Allie Smith, Kod, 21:28; 48. Allison Haines, Eas, 21:30; 49. Maranda Merkes, Sol, 21:31; 50. McKenzie Barnett, Kod, 21:34.

51. Elizabeth Burt, ACS, 21:37.3; 52. Mackenzie Barnwell, Sew, 21:37.7; 53. Molly Templin, Ser, 21:41.3; 54. Hana Bohman, Pal, 21:41.9; 55. Jorden Lisac, Dil, 21:47; 56. Devan Mandregan, Dim, 21:48; 57. Rachael Pierce, Wes, 21:49; 58. Isabel Barnwell, Sew, 21:50; 59. Jodi Davis, Gra, 21:56; 60. Freya Chay, Ken, 21:59.3; 61. Sara Falconer, Dim, 21:59.5; 62. Morgan Lundt, Pal, 22:02; 63. Michelle Klaben, Ken, 22:10; 64. Gretchen Winter, Pal, 22:15; 65. Kristina Atherton, Sew, 22:16; 66. Mandi Wright, Was, 22:17; 67. Jocelyn Murchie, ER, 22:20; 68. Laura Dyer, Sew, 22:21; 69. Rylee DeVito, Ken, 22:22; 70. Megan Neale, Eas, 22:23; 71. Susan Fleurant, Chu, 22:31; 72. Chris Bottini, ER, 22:33.0; 73. Kari Millstien, Kod, 22:33.4; 74. Adrianne Horn, Kod, 22:33.8; 75. Emily Merioles, Val, 22:34.4.

76. Kelly Ireland, ER, 22:34.7; 77. Shannon Lamb, Bar, 22:37; 78. Tiffany Bolyard, Kod, 22:43; 79. Lisa Walker, Bar, 22:46; 80. Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, Ken, 22:49.2; 81. Chelsey Beans-Polk, Bet, 22:49.7; 82. Kayla Williamson, Hom, 22:58; 83. Naella Lundel, Chu, 23:00; 84. Sarah Frankl, ER, 23:01; 85. Andrea Foster, Chu, 23:02; 86. Sarrisa Lammers, Chu, 23:05; 87. Eniana Pellumbi, Bet, 23:09; 88. Maria Bourn, Bar, 23:26; 89. Kaitlyn Meyers, Bar, 23:27.2; 90. Deanna Cummings, Pal, 23:27.9; 91. Darby Salmon, Pal, 23:34; 92. Tanya Chavez, Bet, 23:39; 93. Tress Whitfield, Pal, 23:40; 94. Naomi Yelmene, Bar, 23:52; 95. Christina McElwee, Bet, 23:55; 96. Kelly Sefton, Sew, 23:56; 97. Nicole Jimmie, Bet, 23:58; 98. Jessica Hamberger, Cor, 24:18; 99. Jackie Klecka, ER, 24:22.4; 100. Lindsey Freeman, Eas, 24:22.6.

101. Emily Malnoske, Eas, 24:22.9; 102. Annie Ross, Chu, 24:32; 103. Kylee Sam, ER, 24:37; 104. Hannah Smith, Pal, 24:43; 105. Katelin Christianson, Sol, 24:59; 106. Kayla Tony, Bet, 25:07; 107. Shannon Casey, Chu, 25:21; 108. Kara Kauffman, Sol, 25:47; 109. Neeka Erchinger, Sew, 25:49; 110. Catie Zweifel, Sew, 25:51; 111. Jacica Kim, Bar, 25:52; 112. Kari Gillman, Cor, 32:02.



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