FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) High School fall sport officially began over the weekend with the opening week of football and the first meet of the cross country season.
The XC campaign kicked off Saturday 3,200-meter West Valley Invite on the University of Alaska Fairbanks trails.
The hosts did not show much hospitality, as the Wolfpack dominated both the boys and the girls races.
Four of the top five girls finisher were from West Valley, with Monroe's Katie Bast rounding out the top five. All members of the top 5 for the boys were a part of the Wolfpack program.
On the boys side, it was Jack Cater taking first with a time of 11 minutes and 14 seconds.
"I felt pretty strong actually, we started off really fast, and then for the first mile, I was running behind Nolan Earnest...and then after mile one, I just powered up the hill in the middle and then Nolan and I powered through to the finish," Cater said after the win. "I knew the start was going to have to be really fast, just out in front and see what happens."
For the girls, it was no-shocker, Kendall Kramer took the crown with a time of 11 minutes and 48 seconds, breaking a West Valley Invite record by a ridiculous 29 seconds.
Kramer is no stranger to victory, taking the individual crown at state last season. It often seems she is just racing herself out there but stays focused knowing that everyone is coming after her.
"I have to focus on my effort the entire time, I have to make sure that I am going as hard as I can at any given moment and if I am not, than I am not giving my best, and so I will be disappointed with myself if I haven't given it my best so that is all I focus on." Kramer said.
Next weekend on the cross country slate, the Interior Invite hosted by Lathrop, and the Kodiak Invitational on the Island.
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