Last week in this space, I unveiled my all-time Kodiak High boys’ cross country fantasy squad.
It was star-studded, but I omitted two key runners — Cory Pena and Cole Christiansen — as legendary coach Marcus Dunbar pointed out.
Other than those two, he agreed with five of the seven runners I put on my team. So I take that as a win.
As promised, this week, I will draft my KHS girls’ cross country team. For me, this was a more challenging team to draft as several of Kodiak’s all-time top runners competed before I was born or before I arrived on The Rock.
I covered five of the seven boys that made Clarkston’s fantasy squad. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for the girls, who had a great program in the 1970s and 1980s.
1. Kristi Klinnert
Before Allie Ostrander, Kristi Klinnert might have been the best female runner the state produced. Klinnert dominated the scene in the 1980s, winning four state titles.
2. Linda Suryan
Suryan was the school’s first female star, anchoring Kodiak to Western Alaska Cross Country Championship Class A titles from 1973 to 1975 in the team’s first three years of existence. She was the top overall finisher in all three races.
3. Jaymi Bethea
Bethea was part of one of the most epic finishes in state championship history when she beat Service’s Jenette Northey by a foot — not inches but the body part — to win the 2010 large-school race.
4. Michelle Parker
An unknown coming into high school, Parker won state as a freshman in 1995 and finished her career with four top-10 state finishes.
5. Chloe Ivanoff
Ivanoff scored a pair of top-10 state finishes (fifth in 2008 and eighth in 2009) and was a four-time state qualifier. She was also one heck of a grappler.
6. Abby Reed
Reed was also a four-time state runner, with her top finishes coming in 2007 (10th) and in 2005 (11th).
7. Adelia Myrick
Myrick just missed scoring a top 10 finish at the state meet twice. In 1994, she finished 11th and in 1993 placed 12th.
As a senior in 1994, she won four races and set the course record at the Anchorage Invitational. If not for battling a cold at state, she would have easily placed in the top 10.
I went a sparkling 9-1 in Week 5 that pushed my season record to 38-16.
Chugiak (2-3) at Wasilla (3-2) — After starting the season with three straight wins, Wasilla has dropped its last two games by nearly identical scores — 34-14 to Colony and 37-14 to Eagle River. The Warriors rebound and win this key Northern Lights Conference game ... WARRIORS 34, MUSTANGS 14.
Soldotna (3-1) at Eagle River (4-0) — This is the Division II game of the week and most likely will decide the NLC champion. Eagle River has been impressive this season, but it is hard to bet against Soldotna ... STARS 45, WOLVES 37.
Houston (3-2) at Palmer (1-4) — Palmer put up a fight against Soldotna and Eagle River in its last two games but walked away with losses. Houston has won three straight but all against Division III opponents ... MOOSE 42, HAWKS 14.
North Pole (2-0) at West Valley (1-3) — Because of games canceled due to COVID, North Pole hasn’t played a game since Aug. 21. West Valley beat Eielson last week for its first victory of the season ... PATRIOTS 28, WOLFPACK 21.
Kodiak (0-3) at Lathrop (3-1) — Kodiak begins a stretch of three games in 11 days with a tough Railbelt Conference game against Lathrop — one of the top teams in Division II. The Bears have only scored six points this season, while the Malemutes are averaging 39.75 points per game ... MALEMUTES 52, BEARS 7.
Homer 52, Kenai 9
Redington 45, Nikiski 21
Monroe 28, Barrow 8
Seward 34, Valdez 28
East 38, West 24
Juneau 48, Bartlett 17
Colony 24, Dimond 7
South 52, Service 32