Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Thunder Mountain High School Falcons senior Kiah Dihle blitzed the Region V Championships on Ketchikan’s Ward Lake 5K course on Saturday, besting the top harriers in southeast Alaska with a time of 18 minutes 51 seconds to win her second consecutive Region V crown and qualify for her fourth straight state championship meet.
Juneau-Douglas Yadaa.at Kalé placed the next seven runners to win their eighth Region V team title in a row - 41 of the past 44 - and qualify for the only Southeast team entry into the state championships.
Crimson Bears sophomore Etta Eller continued her strong season with a second place time of 19:18, followed by senior Annika Schwartz in 19:35, sophomore Rayna Tuckwood in 19:50, senior McKenna McNutt in 20:03, senior Ella Goldstein in 20:04, freshman Ida Meyer in 20:10 and senior Trinity Jackson in 20:25.
Falcons senior Grace Sikes ran ninth in 21:13 and qualified for state as one of the top 12 individual placers, as did Ketchikan freshman Carol Frey in 10th with 21:41, Falcons senior Abigail Booton 11th in 21:43 and KTN senior Paige Boehlert 12th in 21:54.
Falcons junior Mackenzie Olver placed 13th in 22:09 and classmate Aliyah Overturf 14th in 22:30.
KTN placed 15th-17th with senior Maggie Boehlert in 22:57, freshman Clara Odden in 23:06 and freshman Trisha Capps in 23:20.
Falcons sophomore Sophia Owen placed 18th in 23:49 and KTN freshman Aspen Bauer 19th in 24:53.
JDHS topped the team scoring with 20 points, TMHS scored 48 and KTN 71.
Dihle (TM), Eller (JD), Schwartz (JD), Tuckwood (JD), McNutt (JD), Goldstein (JD), Meyer (JD), Jackson (JD), Sikes (TM), Frey (KTN), Booton (TM) and P. Boehlert (KTN) qualified to compete at the Alaska School Activities Association Cross-Country State Championships at Anchorage’s Bartlett High School on Oct. 9.
The DII results could not be finalized as Sitka was weathered out. Mt. Edgecumbe opted not to race and returned to Sitka on Sunday and will race with Sitka in Totem Park on Monday. The DIII results were finalized on Sunday. Wrangell arrived late Saturday and ran early Sunday morning to be added in the scoring. See the final results in Monday's story.