RUNNING HARD

Clockwise from above, Emily Herbig breaks the finish line, Mickey Wilson passes rival Niko Friedmam of Sitka, and Rori Leaverton and Paige Hahn break from the pack at this season’s Petersburg meet. Klas Stolpe

SHS teams aim for the top this weekend

By JEFF BRADY

The Skagway High School cross-country team is poised for a big weekend in Ketchikan, site of the Southeast Region championships.
The girls are favored to take the 1A-2A-3A team title, while junior Mickey Wilson is the one to beat in the boys race.
“This is the toughest team I have ever coached – and I've coached some tough teams,” said coach Kent Fielding. “I'm proud and honored to coach them. Regionals should be fun.”
But he’s keeping his fingers crossed that everyone will be healthy. The team has been battling sickness over the past two weeks. Neither a complete boys or girls team went to the Haines meet on Sept. 12, and the team stayed home to rest last weekend.
The Haines boys race was won by Wilson with a time of 16:33.
The girls race was won by Haines’ Stoli Lende in 19:30, but Skagway’s Amanda Jensen was second with a time of 20:33. Kaylie O’Daniel finished fifth with a personal record 20:53, nearly a minute faster than her previous best time at last yearís regionals, Fielding said. Paige Hahn took eighth in 21:48.
“We skipped Juneau (last weekend) because a few of the runners where sick and it didn't seem like a good idea to spend another weekend on a floor,” Fielding said “I just wanted my runners to recover and gear their heads towards regionals and running again with courage and passion.”
If the runners are successful this weekend, then they head to the state meeting in Palmer the following weekend. – JB

Update – Mickey Wilson won the SE 2A-3A boys race in Ketchikan, but the girls team stumbled to third place - Skagway sent four runners to the State meet in Palmer. Story and photos in Sept. 26 issue.