The Skagway girls team breaks out in a pack at the start of the race in Petersbug last Saturday. From left are Paige Hahn (13), Emily Herbig (14), Amanda Jensen (60), Kaylie O’Daniel (16) and Rori Leaverton (15). Klas Stolpe

Skagway girls, boys off to great running start

By JEFF BRADY

The Skagway High girls finished second in the region to Juneau and first among small schools at its first two cross country meets of the season.
And Mickey Wilson and Quinn Weber of the boys are battling to be the top runners among small schools.
As a team, the girls finished with 58 points with Haines 20 points behind them. Skagway landed its top five runners in the top 20, a great team effort.
Amanda Jensen was the top runner in sixth position with a time of 21:23.89. Paige Hahn was 10th in 21:53.05, Rori Leaverton 12th in 22:09.90, Emily Herbig 13th in 22:10.70, and Kaylie O’Daniel 17th in 22:26.15.
“The girls’ ran a smart race,” said coach Kent Fielding. “I was impressed with how they ran and how they were aware of each other, the other runners and the course. They are a tight group and very intelligent runners.
“This said, I want to reinstate that it was only the first race. They have work in front of them and need to focus on each week and each race as it comes. They’re a powerful group but they need to keep their focus and intensity. If they do, it could be a wonderful season.”
They followed that up with another second place finish to Juneau last Saturday in Petersburg. Jensen finished seventh in 21:28 to lead the Panthers. Skagway’s Paige Hahn was the second Panther across the line with 22:14 for 15th position.
Leverton ,O’Daniel, and Herbig finished 15th, 16th and 17th about 15 seconds later.
Wilson had the best finish of all Skagway runners at both meets. In Sitka, he finished in fifth place overall and tops among small school runners with a time of 17:26.52, four seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Niko Friedman from Sitka. Weber wasn’t far behind, finishing eighth overall in 17:37.68.
Further back in the pack but scoring team points were Logan Weber in 19:56.01, Danny Moore in 21:00.49, and Tylor Forester in 21:02.07.
The boys team took third place among 1A-2A-3A schools, a big improvement over last year, Fielding said. The team was missing a couple runners in Sitka and did not field a complete team in Petersburg. He said other boys will have to step up if they are to finish higher than third.
In Petersburg, Wilson was faster, taking fourth overall in 16:49 while Friedman finished fifth in 16:53. Other boys times were unavailable.
The team heads to Haines for a meet this afternoon, then will run at Juneau the following weekend. Regionals are in Ketchikan at the end of the month.

Sport Shorts

Box of Rocks Sat.
The annual Box of Rocks run to Upper Dewey Lake is this Sat. Sept. 13. This non-sanctioned, self-timed event is always fun. Just make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the top before the choppers leave at 12 noon. There is a fee for the ride down, or you can hoof it home.

Paddling race in Yukon
Paddlers from Skagway are invited to enter the Autumn Classic season-ending race outside Whitehorse this Saturday. The 16K event will be held on the M’Clintock River at the entrance to Marsh Lake. Registration begins at the M’Clintock bridge at 11 a.m. Yukon time and the race starts at noon. All single and double craft are welcome.
The race is free for Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club members, but non-members may pay a $5 daily registration fee to enter.
The Yukon River Quest has racing canoes to rent for $20. To reserve one, email info@yukonriverquest.com by Friday evening or call Jeff at 983-2515.

Bike-a-thon Sept. 20
A fundraiser is being planned for Greg Feely a former Shore Excursion Manager for Norwegian Cruise Lines. A Bike-a-thon will take place on the morning of Sept. 20. The ride will go from the White Pass Depot to Carcross and riders are currently seeking sponsorship.
Proceeds will be used by Feely to procure an FES Bike which will be beneficial in building muscle strength and maintaining a healthy weight. The ultimate goal is for Greg to enter an intense Physiotherapy Program such as the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, so that he can regain as much mobility as possible. More information is available at www.bikeforgreg.com, or at www.gregfeely.com.