Regional Track and Field Championships (copy)

West Valley’s Kendall Kramer is shown in the Region VI Track and Field Regional Championships on May 17 at West Valley High School. Kramer was nominated Monday, Sept. 9, for National Girls Performer of the Week by Mile Split, a cross-country and track and field website. Voting ends Friday, Sept. 14. Eric Engman/News-Miner File Photo

West Valley High School standout Kendall Kramer is among eight cross-country running nominees for Mile Split’s National Girls Performer of the Week.

Mile Split, a cross country and track and field website, announced the nominees Monday.

Public voting is available for the nominees at bit.ly/2lKmCJy.

The voting deadline is Friday, and the winner will be announced Sept. 16.

Kramer, a senior, was nominated after capturing her third title in four years in the Division I varsity girls race of the Palmer Invitational on Saturday at Palmer High School.

Kramer completed the 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 32.99 seconds, which is about 31 seconds faster than her victory in last year’s Palmer Invitational.

She also won the meet as a freshman.

Kramer is a two-time Division I state champion and three-time Region VI-Division I girls champion for cross-country. 

She also had a stellar Nordic ski season last winter.

Kramer captured her second straight girls Skimeister (individual champion) honor at the state ski meet at the Birch Hill Recreation Area.

She won three junior girls titles at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Cross Country National Championships in Craftsbury Common, Vermont. Kramer swept first place in the girls events for her age group at the USSA Junior National Championships at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.

On the track last season, Kramer won the girls 1,600- and 3,200-meter races at the Region VI Championships at West Valley and the state Division I meet at Palmer High School.

Barrow-Monroe game canceled

The Division III Aurora Conference football game between the Barrow Whalers and Monroe Catholic Rams has been canceled. The game was scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Kiwanis Field, behind the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

Frank Ostanik, Monroe Catholic athletic director, said by phone Wednesday that the Rams didn’t have enough healthy players for the game.

“We have 15 kids, and we would have only been able to suit up 11,” Ostanik said.

The forfeit puts Monroe at 2-2 overall and 0-1 Aurora. Barrow gained a win and improved to 3-1 and 1-0, respectively.

The Rams visit the Ketchikan Kings in a Division III nonconference game Sept. 21. A starting time has not been announced.

Monroe is scheduled to have enough players for the game.

“We are very optimistic that we’ll be able to field a team next week at Ketchikan,” Ostanik said. 

Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.

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