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DEREK CLARKSTON/Kodiak Daily Mirror

Kodiak’s Marielle Mangrobang runs during a cross country meet against Homer Saturday at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. 

Barring travel problems because of the wildfires on the mainland, Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park will be booming with cross country runners on Friday. 

State powers West Valley and Dimond are joining host Kodiak for the Kodiak Invitational, billed as the biggest meet at the park since 2017. 

Kodiak coach Ashley Mortenson said close to 110 runners will be competing in two races — the girls begin at 5 p.m., followed by the boys at 5:45 p.m.

“There is going to be nearly 80 visiting athletes,” the coach said. “It is going to be overflowing with great talent. It is fun, every couple of years, to get a big Kodiak Invitational participation.”

Earlier in the week, it appeared doubtful that Dimond would make it to the island because of the wildfire that has slowed traffic on the Sterling Highway. The Lynx are ferrying to Kodiak from Homer. 

Mortenson said on Tuesday that the Anchorage School District did not want to send a bus to the Peninsula because of the fire. However, as of Wednesday night, the coach said the Lynx are still planning to race. 

The Dimond boys are the defending Division I state champions, but graduated four of the seven runners on that team. 

Dimond is not bringing its best runner, senior Santiago Prosser, last year’s state runner-up who turned a time of 17 minutes, 6 seconds during a mid-season race at Abercrombie. 

Instead, the Lynx will be lead by senior Dallin Gardiner, last year’s 13th-place finisher at the state meet. 

West Valley’s Kendall Kramer headlines the meet. The senior won last year’s Division I girls’ state title in 17:51.1. 

She might be even better on skies. At age 16 she competed with the United States ski team at a World Cup event in Quebec City, Canada, and earlier this year was awarded the Youth Pride of Alaska Award by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. 

Mortenson can’t wait to see Kramer attack one of the most grueling 5-kilometer cross country courses in the state. 

“I hope she can mark a great time on our course. It is neat to have the historical records that we do here,” Mortenson said.  “Teams love coming out. Everyone is excited.”

 It’s doubtful that Kramer will approach Allie Ostrander’s course record of 17:34 (2014), but she could challenge No. 2 on the list, which is held by Kodiak’s Kristi Klinnert with a time of 18:43. 

Kramer’s fastest 5K cross country time is 17:18.7, produced last season at the Nike — Hole in the Wall XC Invitational in the Lower 48. 

West Valley’s girls placed third at last year’s state meet, while the boys were fourth. 

Kodiak opened the season last week with a meet against Homer at the Fort. Leading up to the meet, the two teams had three intense days of training, which included mountain hikes. That lead to slow race times. 

Mortenson expects times to be faster on Friday. 

“The goal for any August race is not to adjust our training for fast times. I have no doubt that we are going to have several athletes throw down some fantastic times because it is going to be the first race they are actually feeling in shape for,” the coach said. 

On Saturday, Kodiak, West Valley and Dimond will compete in a fun relay race at the Kodiak Island Raceway. That event starts at 9 a.m. 

 

Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park 5-kilometer all-time list

Girls

1. Allie Ostrander, Kenai 2014, 17 minutes, 34 seconds; 2. Kristi Klinnert, Kodiak 1986, 18:43; 3. Kikkan Randall, East 1998, 18:54; 4. Domonique Colberg, Colony 2002, 19:15; 5. Jaymi Bethea, Kodiak 2010, 19:22; 6. Jenna Ford, Wasilla 2010, 19:27; 7. Alyssa Hutchins, Colony 2009, 19:38; 8. Chloe Ivanoff, Kodiak 2009, 19:39; 9. Nychelle Fischetti, ACS 2007, 19:49; 10. Diana Johnson, East 1998, 19:50; 11. Abby Reed, Kodiak 2007, 19:53; 12. Audrey Michaelson, Colony 2011, 19:56; 13. Morgan Lash, Grace 2012, 19:59; 14. Mariah Applegate, Grace 2010, 20:01; 15. Adeila Myrick, Kodiak 1994, 20:01; 16. Marcelyn Luch, West 2008, 20:02; 17. Grace Cho, East 2000, 20:09; 18. Jenna Difolco, West Valley 2014, 20:10; 19. Delia Luch, West 2008, 20:15; 20. Brooke Gottmeier, West Valley 2014, 20:16; 21. Danielle Gerik, West 2008, 20:17; 22. Michelle Parker, Kodiak 1997, 20:17; 23. Diana Heimeri, Colony 1998, 20:19; 24. Leah Cawthorn, Kodiak 2012, 20:23; 25. Frauke Weise, Kodiak 1999, 20:25; 26. Mariah Burroughs, Wasilla 2010, 20:26; 27. Maggie York, West 2014, 20:26; 28. Maddy Boutet, West 2014, 20:27; 29. Megan Pitzman, Homer 2016, 20:27; 30. Tessa O’Harra, ACS 2017, 20:28. 31. Sydney Stewart, Colony 2009, 20:30; 32. Claire Trujillo, Grace 2012, 20:30; 33. Cathelyne Powers, Colony 2013, 20:32; 34. Mandi Ringgenberg, Wasilla 2010, 20:33; 35. Kelly Quinn, Colony 1998, 20:34; 36. Chris Smith, West 2000, 20:34; 37. Ursula Volz, West 2013, 20:34; 38. Autumn Daigle, Homer 2017, 20:34; 39. Dorothy O’Donnell, West Valley 2012, 20:35; 40. Sarah Ng, Kodiak 2010, 20:36; 41. MaKenzie Thompson, Colony 2011, 20:36; 42. Adriane Horn, Kodiak 2012, 20:36; 43. Elizabeth Balsan, ACS 2015, 20:36; 44. Fionia Fink, West 2014, 20:37; 45. Marley Wilkins, Kodiak 2012, 20:38; 46. Kayle Blackmore, West 2014, 20:38; 47. Annie Liotta, West 2009, 20:39; 48. Jessica Pahkala, Wasilla 2010, 20:40; 49. Allie Smith, Kodiak 2009, 20:43; 50. Elisabeth Bowker, Colony 2013, 20:43;

 

Boys

1. Trevor Dunbar, Kodiak 2008, 15:20; 2. Levi Thomet, Kodiak 2014, 15:23; 3. Miguel Gomez, West 1993, 15:24; 4. Cole Christiansen, Kodiak 2012, 16:02; 5. Curtis Mortenson, Kodiak, 2000, 16:12; 6. Jonah Theisen, Kenai 2014, 16:15; 7. Sam Salus, Kodiak 2008, 16:16; 8. Tristan Merchant, ACS 2018, 16:20;  9. Seth Chappell, East 1998, 16:24; 10. Blake Bennett, ACS 2017, 16:24; 11.  Aaron Fletcher, South 2006, 16:27; 12. Peter Noon, West Valley 2012, 16:32; 13. Dylan Anthony, Kodiak 2009, 16:33; 14. Paul Myers, East 1993, 16:37; 15. Keith Osowski, Kodiak 2015, 16:37; 16. Cory Pena, Kodiak 2006, 16:38; 17. Mike Miller, ACS 2007, 16:43; 18. Leif Karlberg, Grace 2008, 16:44; 19. Peter Donor, Colony 2003, 16:44; 20. Michael Parnell, Kodiak 2015, 16:44; 21. Paul Stone, West 1993, 16:45; 22. Jordan Theisen, Kenai 2014, 16:45; 23. Nathan Deer, Kodiak 2010, 16:48; 24. Erich Hoefler, West Valley 2012, 16:48; 25. Mason Wick, Colony 2007, 16:50; 26. Sean McMahon, East 2000, 16:52; 27. Jacob Kirk, Grace, 2008; 28. Miles Dunbar, Kodiak 2006, 16:57; 29. Stig Yngve, Kodiak 2002, 16:58; 30. James Osowski, Kodiak 2010, 17:00; 31. Kuma Grzeda, West Valley 2012, 17:01; 32. Levi Fried, Kodiak 2012, 17:02; 33. Tristan Sayre, West Valley 2014, 17:02; 34. John Klien, Grace 2010, 17:03; 35. Larkin Lynch, West 2013, 17:03; 36. Sean Rowe, East 1996, 17:04; 37. Brandon Schafer, Colony 2013, 17:04; 38. Ben Gail, East 1996, 17:05; 39. Eric Callison, Palmer 1997, 17:05; 40. James Crimp, West 2008, 17:06;  41. Santiago Prosser, Dimond 2018, 17:06.8;  42. Lucas Fried, Kodiak 2006, 17:07; 43. Ryan Quinn, Colony 1998, 17:08; 44. Max Donaldson, West Valley 2012, 17:09; 45. Luke Fritzel, Grace 2017, 17:11; 46. Zephan Ozturgut, East 2017, 17:12; 47. Landon Libby, Grace 1999, 17:12; 48. James Lee, East 1996, 17:13; 49. Jack Hannah, Kodiak 2016, 17:13; 50. Jordan Fogle, Kodiak 2010, 17:13. 

 

 

 

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