Jordan finishes second at state cross country
Thanks to a pair of dominant, title-defending performances, first place of the Class 4A boys and girls races at the ASAA First National Bank Alaska 2013 Cross Country Running State Championships was never in question.
The fight was for second.
Chugiak High sophomore Ty Jordan reached that position by the first kilometer of the 5K race — and held it the rest of the way. Jordan finished the course at Bartlett High in 16 minutes, 6 seconds — nearly a minute behind Levi Thomet. The Kodiak junior defended his title in 15:10.
Jordan said Thomet blew the field away from the start.
“The only time I saw him was at the beginning,” he said.
Jordan said he pushed himself harder than any other race.
“I was really feeling like limbs were going to pop out,” he said.
David McPhetres (12th), Roan Hall (26th), Tim Sorensen (49th) and John Weaver (52nd) helped Chugiak to a fifth-place team finish. Jack Ginter and Tyler Foster were 65th and 66th, respectively, for the Mustangs. West Valley won the boys title with 66 points.
Alec Smith, Eagle River’s lone male runner, placed 23rd.
Kenai Central’s Allie Ostrander won her second straight girls title in 17:49 — more than a minute ahead of Wasilla’s Alex Mathis in second.
Eagle River junior Nikki Boggs finished 19th to lead all local girls. Veronica Stewart (31st), Peyton Young (45th), Summer Frazier (50th) and Kate Paskievitch (52nd) helped the Wolves to a sixth-place team finish.
Kirsten Grismer placed 54th and Lauren Grismer was 57th for Eagle River.
West High won the girls team title with 56 points.
Sara Hartke finished 35th and Hannah Booher was 41st for Chugiak.
Of the eight Wolves who competed at state, six ran personal records, Eagle River head coach Jacob Bera said.
“That was the biggest thing we were shooting for,” he said.
MLMS wins title
Two Mirror Lake Middle School students won the final race of the season to help the Coyotes win the overall team title at the ASD Middle School Cross Country Running Championships on Oct. 3 at Kincaid Park.
Emma Sees won the girls sixth/seventh grade race in 12 minutes, 20 seconds, and Emma Nelson claimed the eighth grade girls title in 12:08. Mirror Lake edged Romig by two points for the overall team title.
Madelyn Madsen led Gruening with a third-place finish in the eighth grade girls race.
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