Glacier Bears head to state meet in Anchorage


September 27, 2018

The boys and girls cross country teams both placed second behind Sitka at the Region 5 cross country championship in Juneau last weekend and are headed to the state meet in Anchorage this weekend.

Coach Chandler Kemp said he’s hoping his team can keep the momentum from last week as they head to state.

“They’re really on the upswing right now and we can keep that going,” Kemp said. “At state there’s always a lot of people running with times that the kids on the team are running so it should be a pretty competitive meet for them.”

Siyel George placed fourth overall out of eight teams that competed in his division. Kirby Faverty placed seventh and Mark Davis placed fourteenth. All three qualified as individuals. On the girls team, Avery Williamson placed fifth overall in her division out of five competing teams. Hannah Boron placed tenth and Marirose Evenden placed twelfth.

Williamson said she was nervous to run because she had injured her leg and hadn’t practiced before the meet. “I was really nervous and it was really hard because I wasn’t really prepared for it as much as I wanted to be, but I got fifth overall which was my goal so I was satisfied.”

Kirby Faverty, who earned a personal record, said Juneau’s Sandy Beach course was a tough course, but the team did their best. He said he’s ready for state. “I’m hoping to try and stick with Siyel,” Faverty said. “It’s my long-term goal. I don't know if it’s ever going to happen, but I’ll try.”

George also set a personal record at the meet.

Sophomore Yzella Miramontes is headed to state for the first time. It’s the first time she’s participated in organized school sports as well and she said she’s found a family with her cross country team. She said her favorite part about the team is “a lot of the positive attitudes and how much they make cross country feel like a family.”

Boys results: Siyel George; 17:15 PR, Kirby Faverty; 17:52 PR, Mark Davis; 18:38 PR, Carson Crager; 19:04 PR, Patrick Cunningham; 19:35 SR, Brennan Palmieri; 19:59 PR, Caleb Hinson; 20:15 PR. Girls results: Avery Williamson; 22:03, Hannah Boron; 23:01, Marirose Evenden; 23:04 SR, Haley Boron; 24:42 PR, Lydia Andriesen; 26:11 PR, Hannah Getchell; 27:09 PR, Yzella Miramontes; 27:15 PR.


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