Palmer Invitational

West Valley senior Kendall Kramer leads during the Division girls race of the Palmer Invitational. Tim Rockey/Frontiersman

Kendall Kramer’s last participation in the Palmer Invitational was similar to her first and third appearances in one of the state’s top regular-season cross-country running meets.

As it was in her freshman and junior years, the West Valley High School senior was victorious Saturday in the 5-kilometer Division I girls varsity race. Kramer maneuvered along the varied-terrain trails at Palmer High School in 17 minutes, 32.99 seconds.

Sadie Tuckwood, a senior at Juneau-Douglas Kale, was runner-up in 17:43.29. Tuckwood won the Palmer Invitational’s girls varsity race when she waa a sophomore.

Ava Earl, a senior from South Anchorage, was third in 17:57.2, and she helped the Wolverines to the team title with 52 points. The West Valley Wolfpack were a close second with 54 and Tuckwood and her Crimson Bears teammates registered 83 points for third place.

The Lathrop Malemutes, led by Abigail Haas’ 17th-place run of 19:46.62, finished 12th among the 14 Division I girls teams with 303 points. The North Pole Patriots, aided by Lia Castillo’s 21st-place effort of 19:51.94, placed third with 328 points.

West Valley was helped by its top-five runners placing in the top 20. Naomi Bailey was sixth (18:40.52); Maggie Druckenmiller 13th (19:37.91); Riga Grubis 18th (19:51.14); and Gloria Bailey (19:51.33).

The Wolfpack boys gained fourth place in their Division I varsity race with 142 points. Daniel Abramowicz placed seventh (16:36.38) to lead the Wolfpack.

Chugak’s Hyrum Nelson won in 15:18.96 and the Mustangs (72 points) were second to Anchorage’s Dimond Lynx (62).

West Valley’s Nolan Earnest was 18th (17:00.54) and teammate Jack Cater 20th (17:04.26). Koen House took 27th (17:11.87) and Shane Fisher came in 31st (17:20.06).

Lathrop placed 11th among 15 teams with 295 points and the Malemutes were led by Lazarus Porter in 44th place at 17:31.81. North Pole finished 15th (431) and Ryan Croan paced the Patriots in 17:58.70 for 68th place.

The Division I boys race had 105 runners and there were 82 in the girls event.

In the Division II varsity races, Monroe Catholic Rams sophomore Katie Bast placed second among 82 girls, while the Hutchison Hawks’ Cormac Kasey was 19th to lead Region VI and Interior runners in the boys competition, which featured 120 participants.

Bast finished in 20:11.14 and Homer’s Autumn Daigle won in 19:20.10. 

Lauren White was ninth for the Rams in 21:02.02 and Monroe placed third in the team standings with 50 points, two behind Grace Christian and Kenai, which each had 48.

Monroe finished with four runners in the top 15, as Jeannie Cook placed 11th (21:18.63) and Grace Hodges 12th (21:29.86). Maura Grahek placed 24th (22:13.47) for the Rams.

Galena placed sixth (138) and the Hawks were led by Carlee Merriner in 16th place (21:49.40) and Pearle Green in 18th place (21:54.49). Glennallen’s Brynna Gerlach came in eighth in 21:00.31.

The Glennallen Panthers did not have a complete team — at least five runners — in the meet to score points.

Kesey placed 19th in the boys Division II varsity race in 18:17.53, and Hawks teammate Preston Silas was 24th in 18:35.58. The Hawks were seventh in the team standings with 208 points.

The Galena Hawks were ninth with 252 points and Monroe Catholic was 10th in the 13-team field with 279 points.

Daniel Kopp led Galena in 19:18.89 for 43rd place and Bruce Otey paced Monroe in 19:46.08 for 55th place. 

Jin Shiozaki led the Valdez Buccaneers in 19:01.50 for 34th place. Valdez did not have a complete team in the race.

Results of Interior and Region VI runners in the Palmer Invitational are scheduled to be published later this week.

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