Sage, Hailstone lead region's runners at state
Amos Sage and Carol Hailstone both turned in solid performances on Saturday and highlighted the region's talented class of runners' efforts at the 2017 Alaska State Cross-Country Championships in Anchorage. A total of 22 athletes from the Northwest Arctic Borough and North Slop school districts participated in the meet, which was held on Sept. 30 at Bartlett High School.
One of four Noatak runners to have qualified for the state meet, Sage certainly proved he was one of the state up-and-coming runners. A sophomore, he sprinted his way to a top 35 finish by covering the 5-kilometer course in a time of 18 minutes, 2 seconds.
Sage finished 31st in the boys' Division II standings.
Noatak's Robert Sheldon and Joshuah Wolfe also did well. Sheldon legged out a personal-best time of 18:52 and placed 62nd overall. Wolfe also posted a personal-best mark and checked in at No. 125 at 20:47.
Alak's Ethan Tukrook and Austin Lane held their own as well. Tukrook sprinted his way to 72nd in the standings with a time of 19:04. Lane took 113th at 20:24.
Shungnak senior Justin Carter finished his prep career on a high note. He turned in his best time of the season, finishing at 21:05 and by running to 132nd.
Barrow had four runners representing the Whalers at the meet, including senior Michael Hopson. The Whalers' lone senior qualifier. He turned in a career-best mark of 19:07 and finished 75th overall.
Sophomore Esau Weyiouanna finished 91st with a personal-best time of 19:30.
Freshman Mikal Nelson was 119th at 20:36, while teammate Isiah Mongoyak was 133rd at 21:06.
Kotzebue's Samual Lazarus, Eli Atkins and Peter Nelson also participated in the boys' race. Lazarus and Atkins finished 102nd and 103rd, respectively, with times of 19:56 and 19:58. Nelson was 116th at 20:30.
Like Sage, Hailstone starred in the girls' Division II race. Fresh off winning the NWABSD championship, the junior raced her way to 32nd in the standings with a time of 22:49.
Noorvik teammate Laney Sheldon also finished the race, taking 100th at 25:56.
Barrow's Sara Wolgemuth highlighted a strong showing by the Lady Whalers at the meet. A junior, Wolgemuth led Barrow by posting a time of 24:03. She finished 63rd overall.
Alexia Bankston, Lewanne Mongoyak-Brower and Rachel Solomon also represented the BHS program. Bankston, a sophomore, was 85th at 25:20, while Mongoyak-Brower and Solomon placed 117th and 119th.
Solomon, a sophomore, passed 10 runners in the final three kilometers of the race to post a time of 27:13.
Mongoyak-Brower's time was 27:04.
Alanna and Caitlin Conwell led a foursome of Kotzebue runners across the finish line. Alanna Conwell placed 93rd at 25:36, while Caitlin turned in a career-best time of 25:38 and placed 95th.
Senior Kayla Booth shattered her previous best time of the season. She finished 104th at 26:05.
Calia Sieh was 111th at 26:38.
Anaktuvuk Pass standouts Claire Fry and Abi Fry held their own. Claire finished 81st overall at 25:14. Abi was 123rd at 27:37.
For Noatak's Miah Wolfe, the state cross-country meet was a painful experience. The sophomore was injured midway through the race and was forced to withdraw due to an injury.