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Derek Clarkston/Kodiak Daily Mirror

ACS’ Blake Bennett runs between a Grace Christian runner, left, and Kodiak’s Brenden Thompson during a high school cross country meet, earlier this season at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. 

The streaks are over. 

The Kodiak boys’ cross country team’s impressive streaks of 15 consecutive Region III titles and 11 straight individual champions ended on Saturday. 

The Bears placed fourth with 75 points at the Region III Cross Country Championships at the Government Peak Recreation Area in Palmer. 

Wasilla took Kodiak’s perch atop the podium, winning its first regional title since 1985. The Warriors’ Hunter Hayes took individual honors with a 5-kilometer tile of 17 minutes, 52.29 seconds, the school’s first champion since Chris Gilbert in 1988. 

Senior Brenden Thompson led the Bears, finishing third in 17:59.47. Thompson, eighth-place finisher Braxton Gruner (18:31.22) and 13th-place finisher Paul Winegeart (18:53.06) all qualified for the state championship meet by placing in the top 15. 

This is the first time since 1998 that the Kodiak boys are not sending a full team to the state meet. The Bears string of regional titles started in 2002 and they have fielded the region winner since 2006.  

Runner-up Colony (53 points) and third-place Soldotna (69) both qualified for state.  

Sophomore Carly Glover placed ninth in the girls race with a time of 22:33.53, while junior Maddie Christiansen was 13th in 23:03.41. Both runners will be making their second appearances at the state meet. 

The Kodiak girls placed fifth with 105 points. Kenai won with 21 points, followed by state-bound Palmer (57) and Colony (63). The Bears have not qualified as a team since 2011.  

Kenai’s Addison Gibson earned the win with a time of 20:40.58. 

Boys

Team — 1. Wasilla, 51; 2. Soldotna, 43; 3. Colony, 69; 4. Kodiak, 75; 5. Kenai, 136; 6. Palmer, 149. 

Top 5 — 1. Hunter Hayes, Was, 17:52.29; 2. Maison Dunham, Ken, 17:59.47; 3. Brenden Thompson, Kod, 18:08.26; 4. Gavin Block, Col, 18:16.86; 5. McKinley Larson, Was, 18:25.39. 

Kodiak placers — 8. Braxton Gruner, 18:31.22; 14. Paul Winegeart, 18:53.06; 22. Riley Birbilas, 19:35.57; 28. Gabe Nummer, 20:02.28; 29. Youji Seto, 20:04.45; 35. Lars Hanson, 21:47.23. 

JV — 10. Rafael Bitanga, 20:21.33; 17. Colt Hubert, 20:37.81; 19. Noah Blackmon, 20:42.96; 36. Keith Bruce, 21:36.93. 

Girls

Team — 1. Kenai, 21; 2. Palmer, 57; 3. Colony, 63; 4. Soldotna, 99; 5. Kodiak, 105. 

Top 5 — 1. Addison Gibson, Ken, 20:40.58; 2. Riana Boonstra, Ken, 20:41.47; 3. Jaycie Calvert, Ken, 21:09.99; 4. Jill Bowker, Col, 21:48.46; 5. Brooke Satathite, Ken, 21:51.35. 

Kodiak placers — 9. Carly Glover, 22:33.53; 13. Maddie Christiansen, 23:03.41; 20. Malina Fagan, 24:05.45; 33. Chandra Christiansen, 25:35.21; 34. Ella Raisley, 25:44.57; 35. Shalom Neff, 25:53.99; 36. Katie Parnell, 25:54.81. 

JV — 20. Hannah Villaroya, 26:49.01; 29. Naomi Daniher, 27:32.72; 33. Mariah Cumplido, 28:04.70; 48. River Limchantha, 29:42.45.

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