Bristol Bay, Unalaska runners do well in Palmer
Austin King, Trevor Wilson and Hailey Wilson both had plenty of reason to be pleased on Saturday. They did, after all, see their respective teams do well at the 2016 Palmer Invitational.
A standout at Bristol Bay, King helped lead his team to a 10th-place finish in the Class 1A-2A-3A boys' standings, while the Wilsons helped lead their teams to fifth and sixth, in their respective divisions.
Trevor Wilson posted the fastest time among all Southwest Alaska runners at the meet, which was held on the Michael Janacek Trails in Palmer. He legged out a top 20 mark by finishing 15th overall. He covered the 5-kilometer course in a blistering time of 18 minutes and 2 seconds.
Backed by Wilson's efforts, the UHS boys finished fifth in the boys' team standings with 157 points. Homer won the Class 1A-2A-3A title with 29 points. Grace Christian and ACS were second and third, respectively.
Adding to the Raiders' success at the meet were Henry Simmonds and Talon Shaishnikoff. Simmonds raced his way to a 30th-place finish with a time of 18:58. Shaishnikoff posted a time of 19:13 and checked in at No. 37.
Carey Boston and Raul Garcia also did well, finishing 48th and 53, respectively.
King led Bristol Bay's efforts by racing his way to 26th in the boys' team standings with a mark of 18:46. Connor Romer and Logan Phelps also did well. Romer placed 47th overall at 19:32, while Phelps was 54th at 20:02.
Ty DeSoto and Edwin Peterson also finished for Bristol Bay. DeSoto was 77th, while Peterson was 85th.
Dillingham's Cole Dull was the lone male runner competing for the Wolverines. He took 28th overall with a time of 18:50.
Hailey Wilson, Mercedez Caudillo and Bridget Nalam all starred for the Lady Raiders. Each raced their way into the top 50.
Wilson finished 32nd with a time of 23:32. Caudillo and Nalam were 42nd and 49th, respectively, with times of 24:12 and 24:34.
Julieanne Berikoff and Mia McWilliams also did well. Berikoff was 53rd at 25:14 while McWilliams was 63rd at 27:30.
Sharon Hanson led the Bristol Bay girls' efforts. She clocked a time of 24:29 and placed 46th. Anna Hanson and Nia Burgraff also completed the race. Hanson was 56th, while Burgraff was 71st.
Dillingham's Hannah Berkoski was 40th in the girls' standings. She posted a time of 24:05.
2016 Palmer Invitational Team Results
1. Homer 29
2. Grace Christian 63
3. ACS 74
4. Nome-Beltz 142
5. Unalaska 157
6. Bethel 163
7. Monroe Catholic 190
8. Glennallen 198
9. Cordova 221
10. Bristol Bay 224
11. Barrow 266
1. Homer 35
2. Grace Christian 36
3. ACS 104
4. Barrow 121
5. Galena 137
6. Unalaska 177
7. Delta Junction 191
8. Bethel 197
9. Monroe Catholic 215