West Valleys win another cross country region title

FAIRBANKS-The high school cross country Region VI championship races were on Saturday at the North Star Golf Course. The West Valley boys continue their dominance winning their seventh region title in eight years.

West Valley's Max Donaldson came in first in 16:22.4. Lathrop was second led by Sam King's fourth place finish. North Pole was third.

"Considering I don't usually have a great region champ, it's just really awesome to be able to pull out a good race," Donaldson said.

The girls race was THE race as West Valley's Jenna Difolco makes a final charge to pass Lathrop's Megan Kubicheck on the home stretch of the 5K. Difolco finished in 19:31.2 just over second ahead over Kubicheck.

"I think it was the hardest I've ever ran in my life, but it's also good because I knew I had her," Difolco said. "It's always 'just run', there's no strategy it's 'just run'."

But Lathrop won the regional title placing in spots 2-6. Morgan Conrow placed ninth to represent North Pole at state.

The Eielson boys won the 3A title and Delta Junction won the girls 3A title.