US Running Review: Alaska State XC Championships | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools


This was the biggest news in quite awhile, as Alaska managed to hold its annual State Championships XC Meet despite the issues with the Corona virus. They ran on the Bartlett course and as expected Tristan Merchant ran away from the Division 2 field with a course record of 14:51. Here’s our US Running race-by-race review.

The Anchorage Christian flash triumphed by over a minute and a half over second-place finisher David Sliwenski of Grace Christian School, who had the consolation of leading his team to a facile victory by sweeping the next four places.


Alexander Maurer of Service claimed the D1 title with his time of 15:24. Michael Earnhart of Chugiak finished second in 15:51 and Daniel Abramowicz of West Valley (Fairbanks) followed in 3rd with a time of 16:01.

Naomi Bailey of West Valley dominated the girls’  D1 race with a fine 17:56 time with Ava Earl of South Anchorage took second in 18:32. Coaches often harp about the importance of running in a tight pack and the Juneau Douglas gals used that tactic in a fine  display. For although their  first runner Skyler Tuckwood was ‘only’ 16th (19:46), she was backed by her teammates Annika Schwartz (19:49) and Iris White (19:52) who swept the next two places.

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