YK delta racers compete at ACS 3K Challenge

First Race of the Season: Paul Dyment of the Bethel Warriors XC team races in Palmer, Alaska. First Race of the Season: Paul Dyment of the Bethel Warriors XC team races in Palmer, Alaska.First Race of the Season: Paul Dyment of the Bethel Warriors XC team races in Palmer, Alaska. Photo caourtesy of Isabelle Dyment

Regional high school cross country runners raced at the ACS 3K Class Challenge on Friday, September 10th, 2021.

For the 9th/10th class race, Ace Hill of Chevak ran the 3,000 meters race in 11:18.7. He finished 12th overall. Liam Green, also of Chevak, placed 39th, with a time of 12:57.4.

Madden Cockroft of Bethel finished the course in 12:01:4. He placed in 23rd position. His teammate Liam Phelan completed the race in 28th place, his time was 12:11.2.

Sheldon Smith, Paul Dyment, and Ned Peters – all of BRHS – finished in 33, 34, and 35th position. Gustof Erickson, also a BRHS Warrior, placed 51st.

Aniak’s Richard Murphy placed 36th, his time was 12:36.3. His teammates Troy Morgan and Nicholas Kameroff finished in 41th and 52nd position, respectively.

Gregory Fallon of Kenai Central won the race, his time was 10:19.1.

In the 11th/12th grade division for the boys, BRHS’s Landon Smith finished as the top runner for Bethel. His time was 11:20.4. His teammate Peter Crow came in at 11:32 in 22nd place. Charles Smith, also of Bethel, finished in 45th position, his time was 12:48.2.

Aniak runner Sherman Kalila placed 42nd, his time was 12:27.2. Teammate Ryan Steeves came in 53rd with a time of 13:42.8.

Chevak’s Avron Atchak also raced. His time was 12:53.6, placing 47th.

Preston Merchant of Anchorage Christian took the top spot, his time was 9:54.8.

For the ladies in the 9th/10th division, Maya Komulainen of Bethel finished in 17th place, her time was 14:04.1. Her teammate Jordan Klejka placed 35th, clocking in at 15:25.2.

Chevak racer Angelina Chiklak placed 31st, crossing the finish line at 15:07.4. Mariah Nash, also of the Chevak Comets, finished at 15:33.4, placing 39th. 

Two Aniak runners – Cheyenne Steeves and Lanea Phillips – finished 42nd and 43rd. Their times were 16:16.6 and 16:24.5.

Winning the race was Grace Christian’s Kai Waythomas. She crossed the white stripe at 12:11.4.

The girls 11th/12th race had Michelle Atcherian of Chevak coming in 15th place, she finished at 14:01.5. 

Senior runners Fiona Phelan, Cadence Cedars, and Alqaq Small of Bethel finished 18th, 26th, and 30th. Their times were 14:20.3, 15:33.1, and 15:44.8.

Jena Boelens of Aniak came in 38th, finishing at 18:39.

Jayna Boonstra, daughter of Todd and Kelli Boonstra – formerly of Tununak, finished in 1st place. Her time was 11:59.8. She races for Kenai Central.

Racers also competed at the George Plumley 5K Invite at Palmer. BRHS varsity came in 17th as a team in a field of 24 for the boys. BRHS varsity ladies placed 18th.

The Bethel Warriors will be hosting the Bethel Invitational XC Race on September 25th, 2021.