Southwest runners shine at ACS Class Challenge
The 2016 cross country season officially got started this past weekend as runners from Bristol Bay and Dillingham joined the Unalaska Lady Raiders on the trails at the 2016 ACS Class Challenge. In all, more than 100 girls from throughout the state participated in the 3-kilometer race at Cheney Lake in Anchorage on Friday.
The ACS Class Challenge split teams into two divisions — one for freshman and sophomore runners and one for juniors and seniors.
Runners from all three schools turned in outstanding performances in both divisions.
Bristol Bay's Anna Hanson posted the top performance among all SW runners in the 11-12 classification. She finished 19th in the overall standings with a time of 14 minutes and 29.90 seconds. Glennallen's Brianha Gerlach edged out Seward's Ruby Lindquest for first place in the race.
Dillingham's Hannah Berkoski and Unalaska's Bridget Nalam also did well in the junior/senior division. Berkoski finished 22nd in the standings with a time of 14:40.90, while Nalam took 28th at 15:45.60.
Unalaska had four runners compete in the freshman/sophomore division. Julieanne Berikoff finished 45th in the 60-runner field with a time of 16:53.10. Hailey Wilson was 46th at 16:63.40, while Mercedez Caudillo and Mia McWilliams took 47th and 49th, respectively.
Dillingham's Jean Krause was the Lady Wolverines' lone runner in the 9-10 division. She raced her way to 36th with a time of 16:05.40.
Sharon Hanson and Naiya Burgraff added to Bristol Bay's successful outing, Hanson placed 31st at 15:00.40, while Burgraff took 41st at 16:34.30.
Grace Christian won the team title in both divisions.
On the boys' side, Unalaska had three athletes compete in the 9-10 division, including Trevor Wilson, Raul Garcia and Henry Simmonds. The trio finished 43rd, 44th and 45th, respectively.
Wilson posted a team-best time of 13:23.90. Garcia and Simmonds checked in at 13:24:30 and 13:24.50, respectively. Connor Romer places Bristol Bay's efforts in the race by taking 13th at 11:40.80. Teammate Logan Phelps was 19th at 11:56.40.
Talon Shaishnikoff and Carey Boston paced the Raiders' efforts in the 11-12 class. Shaishnikoff finished 50th with a time of 13:11.60. Boston took 52nd at 13:12.70.
Bristol Bay's Austin King and Dillingham's Cole Dull turned in the top efforts in the race for the boys. King finished 16th overall with a time of 11:13.80. Dull also legged out a top 20 mark, netting 20th overall at 11:22.20.
Bristol Bay's Ty DeSoto and Edwin Peterson also completed the race, taking 46th and 48th, respectively.