Boys cross country is in seventh heaven
Kodiak boys win seventh straight Region III cross country title; girls qualify for state with fourth-place finish
Article published on Monday, September 29th, 2008
DAILY MIRROR STAFF

No Region III boys cross country team has been as dominant as the Kodiak Bears have been during the last seven years.

Kodiak proved that Saturday by adding another team title to its growing legacy at the Region III cross country championships on the Tsalteshi Trails at Skyview High School. Kodiak beat Colony by 28 points.

The title is Kodiak’s seventh in a row, which ties them with Colony (1992-1999) for most consecutive Region III titles. Fittingly, the streak started at Tsalteshi Trails in 2002.

The Bears’ Trevor Dunbar led the way for Kodiak, winning his third straight individual title with a time of 15 minutes, 32.4 seconds. The senior joins Wasilla’s Gordon Birdsall (1983-1985) and Chris Gilbert (1986-1988) and Palmer’s Norm Rousey (1989-1991) as the only Region III runners to win three individual titles.

Dunbar’s feat is simply amazing, but even more amazing is teammates Sam Salus and Dylan Anthony finished right behind Dunbar for a Bears sweep of the top three places. This is the first time that has ever happened.

“That’s big,” Kodiak coach Marcus Dunbar said. “The guys have been working hard for that all year. That has been one of their goals.”

Kodiak nearly put five runners in the top 10, which would have fullfilled another team goal. Chaven Davidson finished ninth and James Osowski finished 11th, .2 seconds from 10th.

“We were close,” Marcus Dunbar said. “You couldn’t get much closer. James gave him (Colony’s Dylan Crawford) a fight. Osowski is showing a lot of character with all the gusto you can hope for.”

Patrick Schneider finished 17th and Justin Blott finished 28th to round out the boys top seven.

The Kodiak girls continued a streak of their own as well. The Bears finished fourth as a team and qualified for the state meet for the fifth consecutive year.

Kodiak had hopes of finishing third and only came up 11 points shy of third place Wasilla. Colony won the title and Soldotna finished second.

The Bears’ Chloe Ivanoff was Kodiak’s top finisher in third with a personal best time of 19:23.2.

Ivanoff, a junior, led for the majority of the five kilometer race, until Skyview’s Ivy O’Guinn and Soldotna’s Bree Mucha passed her with 1K left.

“Ivanoff did a lot of work,” Marcus Dunbar said. “O’Guinn was very smart and waited and waited

and then made her move.”

O’Guinn finished in 19:.04.4 to win her second Region III title.

Kodiak’s Jaymi Bethea finished eighth, followed by Allie Smith in 22nd, Christy Roe in 26th, Ameila Egle in 27th, Jenni Fried in 34th and Samantha Haight in 35th.

Senior Corey Munk won the boys junior varsity race with a time of 17:37, but was disqualified for wearing different shorts than the rest of the team.

Both the boys and girls will compete at the state meet this Saturday at Palmer High School. The boys are the defending two-time state champions.

“We are happy and looking forward to next week,” Marcus Dunbar said.

Region III cross country championships

at Skyview High School

Saturday

Boys

Team (top four advance to state) - 1. Kodiak, 26; 2. Colony, 54; 3. Skyview, 106; 4. Soldotna 107; 5. Wasilla 115; 6. Palmer, 141; 7. Homer, 208; 8. Kenai Central, 227; 9. Houston, 228.

Individual results (Top 15 advance to state) - 1. Trevor Dunbar, Kodiak, 15 minutes, 32.4 seconds; 2. Sam Salus, Kod, 15:56.8; 3. Dylan Anthony, Kod, 16:19.7; 4. Wylie Mangelsdorf, Pal, 16:30.6; 5. Mike Moerlein, Sky, 16:56.0; 6. Steven Sinnett, Col, 17:07.5; 8. Johnny Cook, Sky, 17:09.7; 9. Chaven Davidson, Kod, 17:13.2; 10. Dylan Crawford, Col, 17:16.2; 11. James Oslowski, Kod, 17:16.4; 12. Travis Semmens, Sol, 17:20.5; 13. Alex Stone, Sol, 17:29.7; 14. Jeff Mullen, Sol, 17:32.5; 15. Jeff Ford, Col, 17:34.7

Kodiak placers

17. Patrick Schneider, 17:40; 28. Justin Blott, 18:02.3

Team scores -- 1. Colony, 41; 2. Soldotna, 60; 3. Wasilla, 70; 4. Kodiak, 81; 5. Kenai Central, 139; 6. Homer, 157; 7. Palmer, 196.

Individual results - 1. Ivy O’Guinn, Sky, 19 minutes, 4.4 seconds; 2. Bree Mucha, 19:14.5; 3. Chloe Ivanoff, Kod, 19:23.2; 4. Melanie Smith, Sol, 20:05.9; 5. Alyssa Hutchins, Col, 20:09.7; 6. Sydney Stewart, Col, 20:11.0; 7. Molly Watkins, Ken, 20:11.2; 8. Jaymi Bethea, Kod, 20:12.7; 9. Kendra Miner, Was, 20:21.26; 10. Maria Wick, Col, 20:22.2; 11. Taylor Ostrander, Ken, 20:26.7; 12. Abby Jahn, Col, 20:29.2; 13. Heidi Doner, Col, 20:32.5; 14. Alison Kelley, Was, 20:36.5; 15. Rachel Kennedy, Was, 20:40.8;

Kodiak placers

22. Allie Smith, 21:14.4; 26. Christy Roe, 21:59.5; 27. Amelia Egle, 22:00; 34. Jenni Fried, 22:39; 35. Samantha Haight, 22:42.1
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