West Valley's Kendall Kramer wins second consecutive State Championship

By  | 

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The State Cross Country Championships were held over the weekend and for the second year in a row, West Valley's Kendall Kramer was able to secure the state title for the 4A Girls.
Kramer won the five kilometer championship race, finishing in 17 minutes and 51 seconds, about thirty seconds in front of the second place finisher, Juneau-Douglas' Sadie Tuckwood.
As a team, the Wolfpack girls finished in third place overall with a 95 point score.
The Wolfpack took fourth place in the boy's race, the top finisher being Jack Cater with a 16 minute 46 second effort to take twelfth place as a team.
Kramer talks about being able to repeat as State Champion.
"It's really awesome because the competitive field in Alaska is growing so much originally between the leader, like Sadie beat me my freshman year and I was way behind her and the next people were like 40 seconds behind me. So now it's so much closer and we are actually getting competitive and having comparable times to the Lower 48 so that's just I'm really proud to stay on top even though it's being so competitive. I really take pride in it because it means my hard work is paying off and it's all I can ask for all of the sacrifice and time I have put into my sports," said Kramer.
In the 3A Races, the Monroe Catholic Rams were able to get a third place finish from Freshman Katie Bast.
She finished just five seconds after runner-up Autumn Daigle from Homer to guide the Rams to a fourth place finish in the team standings.
In the 3A Boys race, the top finisher from our Region was Galena's Lucas Echinique, who finished in ninth place with a 17 minute, 4 second time.