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Liebner, Edwards run to individual victories on muddy day

Kardinals girls take regions

Posted: Sunday, September 24, 2000

The Kenai Central girls cross country team edged Colony Saturday in the Class 4A portion of the Region III Cross Country Championships to break the Knights' eight-year string of region titles.

Also Saturday at Palmer, Skyview senior Erika Edwards won the Class 4A girls race, Soldotna senior Andy Liebner made off with the Class 4A boys race and the Stars finished second to Palmer in the battle for the Class 4A team crown.

For the Kardinals girls, it was most likely the first region victory in the history of the school. Coach Liz Burck found records back to 1972 and no Kenai girls team had ever won regions. The Kardinals had 43 points, while Colony had 49.

"This is the biggest win," said Burck, who is in her fourth year of coaching the Kardinals. "This is the biggest victory I've had as a coach by far.

"It was such an exciting race. It was so close. Again, they just came through."

The Kardinals victory came down to the performance of No. 5 runner Roxanna Wilcox. Lindsey Church was third for Kenai, Katherine Amen was fourth, Mary Krusen was ninth and Karli Knudsen was 13th.

But Colony was able to match that by getting second-, fifth-, sixth- and 12th-place finishes from their Nos. 1 through 4 runners.

However, Wilcox finished 16th for Kenai while Colony's No. 5 finished 26th.

"Roxanna Wilcox was the one who pulled it through for us," Burck said. "We pretty much were trading places with their one through four runners. But she beat their fifth runner by a lot."

Also in the girls race, Edwards completed Palmer's muddy five-kilometer course in 19 minutes, 10.7 seconds to win her second region title. Edwards won as a sophomore before sitting out her junior year with an injury.

"I ran with Katherine Amen for the first half-kilometer or so, then I was in the lead the rest of the race," Edwards said. "That's the way I prefer it. It's where I'm most comfortable.

"I'm a better racer out front. You have to worry about people catching you from behind, but you don't have to worry about trying to catch the runner in front of you."

Edwards also said her footwear played a role in the victory.

"It was a little slippery, but I had the right spikes, so it wasn't too bad," Edwards said.

The Panthers also received a seventh from Melina Hutchison and a 10th from Amy Lambe to finish third in the team standings and qualify for Saturday's state meet at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

"Our seniors, Melina Hutchison and Amy Lambe, really came through," Edwards said.

Other girls 4A peninsula runners advancing to state were Soldotna's Rachel Goldstein, who was 11th, and Homer's Ida Martin, who was 15th.

In the boys 4A race, Palmer put all five of its scoring runners in the top 11 to dethrone defending region champion Soldotna. Palmer finished with 35 points, while Soldotna had 40. Kodiak earned the region's other state berth by finishing third.

Liebner and Brent Knight both pulled a bit of a shocker by defeating Kodiak's Curtis Mortenson, who was third. Liebner finished at 16:24.0, Knight crossed the line at 16:38.6 and Mortenson came through at 16:49.1.

"Curtis was pulling away on the second lap. Brent and I just hung on for a fair distance," Liebner said. "We just hung on, and on the last lap we just took him."

Liebner said Kyle McBride finished sixth after falling back due to cramps. Also for Soldotna, Bill Keller was 12th and Ben Histand was 19th.

"It was pretty slick, and there were a lot of mud puddles," Liebner said, adding that Palmer had a definite home-course advantage as far as navigating the puddles.

Next week, Palmer and Soldotna will renew their battle with the state title on the line at Tsalteshi Trails, which is a course the Stars train on frequently.

Other peninsula 4A runners finishing in the top 15 to earn state trips were Homer's Monte Garroutte (ninth) and Kenai Central's Jacob La Shot (13th).

La Shot was the first boys runner Burck has sent to state.

"It was a pretty big deal," Burck said. "We knew the girls would get in the top three and make it to state. We didn't know if any of the boys would make it."

Grace Christian took the girls Class 1-2-3A race, while Anchorage Christian Schools took the boys Class 1-2-3A race.

Seward, getting a fifth from Sarah Hermann and a seventh from Sam Rough, finished second in the girls race to earn a state berth.

In the boys Class 1-2-3A race, Nikiski's Ryan Wicker (ninth), Seward's Seth Price (12th) and Nikiski's Quincy Bird (14th) all earned state trips.

REGION III CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

GIRLS

Class 1-2-3A

Team scores: 1. Grace Christian School, 31; 2. Seward, 57; 3. Anchorage Christian Schools, 75; 4. Valdez, 80; 5. Nikiski, 115.

Individual five-kilometer finishers

1. Ashley Thomas, Gra, 19:46.4; 2. Rebecca McMahan, Gle, 20:48.7; 3. Kari Taylor, Gra, 20:56.2; 4. Nadine Fischetti, ACS, 21:00.4; 5. Sarah Herman, Sew, 21:04.0; 6. Nicole DeYong, Gra, 21:19.4; 7. Sam Rough, Sew, 21:22.7; 8. Sarah Fischer, Val, 21:23.0; 9. Kristan Rodriguez, ACS, 21:27.8; 10. Ali Fischer, Val, 21:31.1; 11. Sarah Frost, Gra, 21:33.5; 12. Kim Rathmann, ACS, 21:35.8; 13. Lisa Levasseur, Val, 21:37.5; 14. Danielle Cuddy, Gra, 21:40.1; 15. Kelly Houghton, Sew, 21:56.6; 16. Marion Glaser, Sew, 2:11.6; 17. Jenna DeYong, Gra, 22:16.5; 18. Rachel Daly, Gra, 22:17.4; 19. Erin Conant, Sew, 22:19.2; 20. Monica Fouts, Sew, 22:33.8; 21. Ella Olsen, Nik, 22:49.5; 22. Katie Floyd, Nik, 22:53.1; 23. Liz Lettington, Nik, 22:56.6; 24. Emilee Gillaspie, Nik, 23:02.6; 25. Kerrie Aldeman, Hou, 23:08.9.

Other peninsula finishers

28. Shannon Holm, Sew, 23:35.2; 34. Jenny Miller, Nik, 26:25.9; 35. Aurora Zinck, Nik, 26:58.2; 36. Ramona Baker, Nik, 27:28.4.

Class 4A

Team scores: 1. Kenai Central, 43; 2. Colony, 49; 3. Skyview, 81; 4. Kodiak, 91; 5. Homer, 95; 6. Wasilla, 168; 7. Palmer, 206.

Individual five-kilometer finishers

1. Erika Edwards, Sky, 19:10.7; 2. Nikki Campbell, Col, 19:22.4; 3. Lindsey Church, Ken, 19:25.9; 4. Katherine Amen, Ken, 19:26.4; 5. Dominique Colberg, Col, 19:56.7; 6. Diana Heimerl, Col, 20:10.0; 7. Melina Hutchison, Sky, 20:31.9; 8. Anne Vining, Kod, 20:39.3; 9. Mary Krusen, Ken, 20:48.5; 10. Amy Lambe, Sky, 20:51.3; 11. Rachel Goldstein, Sol, 21:01.1; 12. Sianna Garrod, Col, 21:02.3; 13. Karli Knudsen, Ken, 21:04.3; 14. Krista Cowley, Kod, 21:05.9; 15. Ida Martin, Hom, 21:07.7; 16. Roxanna Wilcox, Ken, 21:24.9; 17. Michelle Edwards, Ken, 21:42.2; 18. Shiloh Reilly, Ken, 21:44.0; 19. Nahanni Wills, Hom, 21:48.0; 20. Aisha Brown, Kod, 21:50.2; 21. Aleta Phelps, Hom, 21:56.8; 22. Syverine Abrahamson, Hom, 21:57.1; 23. Hilary Bethancourt, Hom, 22:10.9; 24. Carrie Donaldson, Kod, 22:12.4; 25. Megan Shields, Was, 22:14.8.

Other peninsula finishers

27. Sherry McGee, Hom, 22:32.6; 31. Alecia Wood, Sky, 22:49.3; 34. Sam Carlon, Sky, 23:01.5; 35. Michelle Trumpler, Sky, 23:02.3; 37. Brittany Sebastain, Sky, 23:21.5; 44. Ellen Landess, Sol, 24:31.5; 45. Sarah Boone, Hom, 24:32.3; 48. Jennifer McCard, Sol, 25:14.1; 50. Heidi Keller, Sol, 26:19.4.

Class 1-2-3A

Team scores: 1. Anchorage Christian Schools, 30; 2. Grace Christian School, 37; 3. Valdez, 75; 4. Seward, 102; 5. Nikiski, 105; 6. Houston, 164.

Individual five-kilometer finishers

1. Aaron Gogain, ACS, 17:18.5; 2. Shaun LeBaron, ACS, 17:31.8; 3. Doug Wickler, Gra, 17:40.5; 4. Mike Barth, ACS, 17:46.3; 5. Anthony Timson, Gra, 17:51.3; 6. Ryan Meier, Gra, 17:53.2; 7. Buddy Bailey, ACS, 17:55.5; 8. Jake Johnson, Val, 18:06.8; 9. Ryan Wicker, Nik, 18:10.3; 10. Matt Danner, Gra, 18:16.0; 11. Nick Weicht, Val, 18:20.9; 12. Seth Price, Sew, 18:24.3; 13. Justin Libby, Gra, 18:27.0; 14. Quincy Bird, Nik, 18:28.4; 15. Bart Dengel, Val, 18:28.9; 16. CJ Doyal, ACS, 18:29.2; 17. Matt Clarkson, Gra, 18:34.4; 18. Josh Failing, Val, 18:42.4; 19. Lloyd Schaefermeyer, Sew, 18:46.2; 20. Jon-Michael Allen, ACS, 18:50.1; 21. John Rooper, Nik, 18:56.4; 22. Keith Wolfe, Sew, 18:58.3; 23. James Klover, Val, 18:59.4; 24. Trent Foldager, Sew, 19:02.2; 25. Tom Blair, Sew, 19:17.4.

Other peninsula finishers

29. Josh Meeks, Nik, 20:03.5; 32. Reuben Floyd, Nik, 20:26.4; 34. Cliff Reagle, Sew, 21:08.5; 37. Josh Coots, Sew, 21:44.0; 38. Dan Gerhauser, Nik, 21:55.3; 39. Lex Litzen, Nik, 22:40.7.

Class 4A

Team scores: 1. Palmer, 35; 2. Soldotna, 40; 3. Kodiak, 63; 4. Kenai, 130; 5. Colony, 132; 6. Homer, 141; 7. Skyview, 174; 8. Wasilla, 233.

Individual five-kilometer finishers

1. Andy Liebner, Sol, 16:24.0; 2. Brent Knight, Sol, 16:38.6; 3. Curtis Mortenson, Kod, 16:49.1; 4. Drew Dickson, Pal, 16:59.4; 5. Aaron Dickson, Pal, 17:12.5; 6. Kyle McBride, Sol, 17:13.4; 7. Lee Bolling, Pal, 17:14.5; 8. Nate Cross, Pal, 17:18.7; 9. Monte Garroutte, Hom, 17:19.0; 10. Gene Butler, Kod, 17:24.3; 11. Zach Baer, Pal, 17:29.9; 12. Bill Keller, Sol, 17:34.3; 13. Jacob La Shot, Ken, 17:36.4; 14. Richard Hallock, Col, 17:39.3; 15. Jeremy Young, Kod, 17:43.9; 16. Andrew Peters, Hom, 17:46.6; 17. Stig Ingve, Kod, 17:47.6; 18. Sean Costello, Kod, 17:52.0; 19. Ben Histand, Sol, 17:53.8; 20. Ryan Ford, Pal, 18:01.2; 21. Jon Kastar, Pal, 18:01.7; 22. Adam Tressler, Sky, 18:04.0; 23. Zack Hicks, Ken, 18:06.7; 24. Mick Boyle, Ken, 18:07.5; 25. Travis Kaufmann, Hom, 18:10.3.

Other peninsula finishers

30. Joe Blanchard, Sol, 18:18.6; 31. Micah Houtz, Ken, 18:33.0; 32. David Hernandez, Sol, 18:34.4; 33. Leon Galbraith, Sky, 18:36.4; 37. Micah Mohler, Sky, 18:44.6; 39. Severin Lillevik, Ken, 18:46.5; 40. Grant Gephardt, Sky, 18:51.7; 41. Jacob Hawkins, Hom, 18:57.8; 42. Storman Norman, Sky, 19:03.6; 43. Eric Nyce, Ken, 19:10.4; 44. Jacob Fellman, Sky, 19:12.4; 45. Tim Kirby, Ken, 19:13.1; 48. Nathan Hibberd, Sky, 20:00.2; 50. Derek Bell, Hom, 20:38.7; 54. Van Hawkins, Hom, 21:51.2.

Region II/Class 1-2-3A meet

The Ninilchik girls team and Wolverine boys Josh Smith and David Boyle earned trips to state Saturday at the Region II/Class 1-2-3A meet at Susitna Valley High School.

The Wolverines girls finished second to Susitna Valley to earn their state trip. Katie Moerlein paced Ninilchik with a sixth-place finish, while Melissa Deiman was seventh, Gretchen Garroutte was eighth, Bridgette Cuffe was ninth and Molly Bosick was 12th.

Wolverines coach Penny Vadla said the trip to state is impressive because Ninilchik, a Class 2A school, had to beat out Class 3A Heritage to do it.

"If two 3A schools weren't in our region, both boys and girls would have taken first," Vadla said. "We did really well. It's an awesome group of kids."

The Ninilchik boys finished third behind Susitna Valley and Heritage.

Region II Cross Country Championships

At Susitna Valley

Saturday

TEAM SCORES

1. Susitna Valley, 42; 2. Heritage, 33; 3. Ninilchik, 61; 4. Nenana, 107; 5. McGrath, 108

Individual 5-kilometer finishers

1. Ivan Steadman, SUS, 16:58.5; 2. Trevor Millar, HER, 17:19.0; 3. J.D. Kearns, HER, 17:44.0; 4. Arnold Marks, Tanana, 17:47.0; 5. Andrew Marks, TAN, 17:52.0; 6. Jory Barnhill, Galena, 17:53.2; 7. Josh Smith, NIN, 17:58.6; 8. Joe Strang, SUS, 18:09.9; 9. David Boyle, NIN, 18:18.1; 10. Mike Blanton, SUS, 18:33.4, 11. Aaron Gutierrez, HER, 18:48.6; 12. Kyle Aquirre, Tok 18:49.8; 13. Reid Anderson, HER, 18:52.1; 14. Stephan Lord, NEN, 19:10.5; 15. Gabe Meissner, HER, 19:11.3; 16. Cory Moore, SUS, 19.17.6; 17. Jon Comfort, HER, 19:21.7; 18. Hank Captain, GAL, 19:25.7; 19. Chris Kruzick, NIN, 19:40.2; 20. Mike Howard, HER, 19:41.2; 21. Rex Savely, NIN, 19:46.7; 22. Peter Olson, SUS, 19:47.2; 23. Derek Mollier, TRI, 20:05.2; 24. Clinton Andrews, MCG, 20:34.7; 25. Greg Brown, Cook Inlet Academy, 20:51.5; 26. Ben Grzyb, Tok, 21:00.5; 27. Jerad Vanderpool, MCG, 21:03.1

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES

1. Susitna, 20; 2. Ninilchik, 42; 3. Heritage 68; 4. Tri Valley, 107; 5. Cook Inlet Academy, 112

Individual 5-kilometer finishers

1. Danielle Pratt, SUS, 19:48.5; 2. Melissa Ostermick, SUS, 20:09.9; 3. Taz Mannix, SUS, 20:58.9; 4. Renae Moore, SUS, 21:09.9; 5. Meg Matteson, HER, 21:26.1; 6. Katie Moerien, NIN, 21:47.6; 7. Melissa Deiman, NIN, 22:11.6; 8. Gretchen Garroute, NIN, 22:19.1; 9. Bridgette Cuffe, NIN, 22:30.3; 10. Brook Williams, SUS, 22:51.7; 11. Amy Chase, HER, 22:57.7; 12. Molly Bosick, NIN, 23:20.7; 13. Sasha Romanva, HER, 23:56.3; 14. Whitney Leman, NIN, 24.:01.1; 15. Heather Hundrup, TRI, 24:04.0; 16. Dana Jack, HER, 24:16.1; 17. Janelle Moerlein, NIN, 24:24.1; 18. Sara Lasell, TRI, 24:27.9; 19. Courtney McKinney, CIA, 24:33.2; 20. Katie Zimmerman, CIA, 24:58.2; 21. Shauna Yrugui, CIA, 25:10.7; 22. Megan Walters, TRI, 25:13.2; 23. Jena Harding, TAN, 25:19.4; 24. Shannon Sommer, TAN, 25:31.4; 25. Angela Button, HER, 25:35.4; 26. Anne Barker, TRI, 26:00.9; 27. Rachael Krenzke, NEN, 26:07.2; 28. Andrea Solie, MCG, 26:23.9; 29. Kristin Zimmerman, CIA, 27:11.2; 30. Christina Moore, SUS, 27:36.5; 31. Miranda Zindel, CIA, 29:55.5; 32. Davida Hagar, TRI, 30:12.4; 33. Angela Clark, SUS, 30:30.2.



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