Lathrop Malemutes

The Lathrop Malemutes turned in their second consecutive dominant cross country performance this past Saturday at the Delta Invitational.

There were eight teams competing last weekend in Delta, and the Malemutes were the top finishers. The top four finishers of the boys race all ran for Lathrop while half of the top 10 female finishers were Malemutes, including the top runner.

Abigail Haas took home the top prize among the ladies after finishing the 5k with a time of 20:12. Katie Bast of the Monroe Catholic Rams was running in her first race of the season and put on quite a display in taking second place at 20:28. Amy Pilon of the Malemutes continued her outstanding season with a third place finish at 20:55.

The North Pole Patriots were well represented in the women’s race as Danika Dawley was the fourth-place finisher with a time of 22:08. Jade Meang was the top finisher for West Valley as she came in 10th place at 25:16. The Wolfpack elected to send their JV team to Delta while their varsity competed in Kodiak.

The home team Delta Junction’s best finisher in the girls race was Grace Pearson, who took 13th with a time of 25:47. Sable Scotton of Galena was the 15th place finisher with a time of 25:58 while Jenna John of Effie Kokrine Charter took 21st place at 32:25. Nadia Chernich of Nenana was 23rd at 34:09.

For the boys, it was all about the Malemutes as well. Asher James (1st, 16:57), Benjamin Pilon (2nd, 17:46), Sam Snavely (3rd, 18:02), and Wells Wappett (4th, 18:32) were the first four boys to cross the finish line and they all wore Lathrop purple.

Gabe Haas of Delta Junction was the first non-Malemute to cross as he took fifth at 18:59. Preston Kopp of Galena took sixth at 19:21 while Gabriel Angaiak of Monroe Catholic was ninth at 19:41. North Pole’s Jacob Dawley rounded out the top ten at 19:43.

Elliot Evans was Hutchison’s top finisher as he took 11th at 19:47. Kyler Kangas was Effie Kokrine’s top finisher at 19th place with a time of 21:10 while Jeri Dan of Nenana was 20th at 21:22.

As previously mentioned, Delta wasn’t the only school holding a race last weekend. The West Valley Wolfpack went down to Kodiak for a 5k last Friday competing against Dimond and Kodiak.

Dimond’s Emily Erickson was the top finisher in that race at 20:11 while Gloria Bailey (2nd, 20:26) and Riga Grubis (3rd, 20:58) of West Valley rounded out the top three girls. The Wolfpack girls won the 5k overall with a team score of 25 points.

The Wolfpack boys cruised to a team victory overall as well as they scored 24 points while Dimond was a distant second at 47. Daniel Abramowicz continued his record breaking career with a first place finish time of 16:17. Shane Fisher was the third place finisher for the boys.

West Valley also competed in a one mile relay in Kodiak on Saturday with both the boys and girls teams taking home first place.

The next cross country meet will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Palmer at the Palmer Invitational.

Contact sports editor Hart Pisani at or 459-7530.