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Eakin sprints to win in Nome

August 30th, 2013 | By Tommy Wells Print this article   Email this article  

Gary Eakin may wear the blue uniform of the Kotzebue High School Huskies, but you probably won't find him too unhappy at running on the cross country course behind Nome-Beltz.

Mainly because no one runs on the course better than he.

Eakin sprinted his way to his first gold medal of the 2013 cross country season on Saturday when he won the Nome Invitational Cross Country crown in impressive fashion. The Kotzebue standout won the boys' title by more than 25 seconds.

Eakin completed the 50-kilometer course in a time of 20 minutes and 15 seconds, 28 seconds faster that Nome's Leif Erikson, who finished second at 20:43.

Unalakleet's Jayden Wilson was third in the boys' race at 20:44.

Kotzebue's Sam Smith also starred for the Huskies. He legged out a top 10 finish by placing ninth at 21:40.

Stephanie Sampson led the Lady Huskies' efforts in Nome. Sampson finished fourth in the girls' race, checking in with a time of 29:01.

Kotzebue also logged stellar outings from Ember Eck, Tanesha Lie, Kanesha Lie and Sara Ozenna. Eck was seventh in the girls' race, while Tanesha and Kanesha placed eighth and ninth, respectively, and Ozenna took 10th.

2013 Nome Invitational

The following are the final varsity results for the 2013 Nome-Beltz Invitational Cross Country meet. The race was held Saturday in Nome.


1. Gary Eakin, Kotzebue 20:15

2. Leif Erikson, Nome 20:43

3. Jayden Wilson, Unalakleet 20:44

4. Oliver Hoogendorn, Nome 20:54

5. Aucha Johnson, Unalakleet 20:55

6. Wilson Hoogendorn, Nome 21:09

7. Junyor Erikson, Nome 21:15

8. James Jorgenson, Nome 21:30

9. Sam Smith, Kotzebue 21:40


1. Rosa Schmidt, Nome 22:36

2. Hannah Tozier, Nome 24:10

3. Bianca Trowbridge, Nome 22:26

4. Stephanie Sampson, Kotzebue 29:01

5. Alexis Hutson, Nome 30:18

6. Laurel Katchatag, Unalakleet 32:25

7. Amber Eck, Kotzebue 32:59

8. Tanesha Lie, Kotzebue 35:26

9. Kanesha Lie, Kotzebue 25:26

10. Sara Ozenna, Kotzebue 36:21.


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