Beeson leads Cook Inlet Academy to Region II championship

Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2002

Behind individual champion Brian Beeson, the Cook Inlet Academy boys team won the Region II, Class 1-2-3A Cross Country Championships Saturday at Susitna Valley. The race was held under sunny skies and the watchful presence of Denali.

Beeson rolled through the 5-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 53 seconds, for the victory. Runner-up Andrew Marks of Nenana was more than 20 seconds behind Beeson.

"He just ran a wonderful race," said Ninilchik coach Penny Vadla of Beeson.

Meanwhile, the Eagles were putting four runners in the top 10 to take the team title. CIA scored 29 points to defeat defending region champion Heritage Christian by three points.

"That's really something for a 2A school to beat other 3A schools," Vadla said.

Also in the top 10 for the Eagles were Thomas Minelga at fourth, Trapper Alsworth at seventh and Greg Brown at ninth. Andy Hall, at 13th, was the final runner to score for Cook Inlet Academy.

On the girls side, Ninilchik finished second to Susitna Valley to secure a spot in the state meet at Palmer High School Saturday.

The Rams scored 20 points to defeat Ninilchik by 27 points. It was the 10th region win for the Su Valley girls.

Su Valley's Tazlina Mannix blew through the 5-kilometer course in 19:41 to set a new course record by four seconds. The Rams' Jenny Thompson, just a freshman, finished second, 18 seconds behind Mannix.

The Wolverines, who won the sportsmanship award at the meet, had three runners in the top 10. Katie Moerlein was fourth with a time of 20:58. Whitney Leman was seventh, while Kendra Moerlein was ninth.

Other scoring runners for Ninilchik were Angela Singh at 16th and Courtney Schnabl at 20th.

"It was a good day for the girls, and we're looking forward to doing really well at state," Vadla said.

Region II/Class 1-2-3A Cross Country Championships

at Susitna Valley



Team scores: 1. Susitna Valley, 20; 2. Ninilchik, 47; 3. Tri Valley, 65.

Individual 5-kilometer results

1. Tazlina Mannix, SuV, 19 minutes, 41.95 seconds; 2. Jenny Thompson, SuV, 19:59.45; 3. Melissa Ostermick, SuV, 20:37.94; 4. Katie Moerlein, Nin, 20:58.82; 5. Krystal Moore, SuV, 21:13.38; 6. Meriah Sutherland, Heritage Christian, 21:39.38; 7. Whitney Leman, Nin, 21:46.97; 8. Letitia Talerico, Tri, 22:17.40; 9. Kendra Moerlein, Nin, 22:20.07; 10. Ivy Shipman, SuV, 22:38.48.

Other peninsula finishers

16. Angela Singh, Nin, 23:44.58; 18. Romsey Arneson, CIA, 24:31.35; 20. Courtney Schnabl, Nin, 25:13.63; 25. Amanda Peterson, Nin, 32:15.56.

Team scores: 1. Cook Inlet Academy, 34; 2. Heritage Christian, 42; 3. Nenana, 57; 4. Sustitna Valley, 94; 5. Anderson, 132; 6. Ninilchik, 149.

Individual 5-kilometer results

1. Brian Beeson, CIA, 16:53.25; 2. Andrew Marks, Nen, 17:16.35; 3. Reid Anderson, Her, 17:34.12; 4. Thomas Minelga, CIA, 17:36.47; 5. Chris Koski, Her, 17:51.43; 6. Gabe Meissner, Her, 17:52.61; 7. Trapper Alsworth, CIA, 18:03.60; 8. Claytan Edwin, Nen, 18:08.08; 9. Greg Brown, CIA, 18:15.92; 10. Paul Krenzke, Nen, 18:27.12.

Other peninsula finishers

13. Andy Hall, CIA, 18:50.42; 14. Jason Schollenberg, Nin, 18:53.70; 28. Marcus Brown, CIA, 20:29.89; 31. Peter Chung, CIA, 20:50.27; 33. John Paul Russo, Nin, 21:03.08; 35. Levi Russell, Nin, 22:18.23; 38. Tony Nakjua, Nin, 23:25.11; 39. Brendan Cuffe, Nin, 23:28.24; 41. Coda Russell, Nin, 26:33.29.

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