Cooper, Fox lead Peninsula at state ski meet

  • By Staff Report
  • Friday, February 20, 2015 10:42pm
  • Sports

Max Donaldson captured his third straight state skimeister title Friday afternoon at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, denying Kenai Central’s Travis Cooper a shot at becoming the Peninsula’s first state ski champion.

Trailing Cooper by 20 seconds after Thursday’s opening day 7.5-kilometer classic race, Donaldson won Friday’s 10K freestyle event by nearly 10 seconds over Hunter Wonders of South, skiing to a time of 24 minutes, 26.6 seconds, while Cooper finished 63 seconds adrift in 11th place.

The performance was more than enough to earn Donaldson the skimeister award, which combines the times of the first two individual races of the three-day meet and determines the fastest boys and girls skier in the state.

Cooper ended up fifth in the overall skimeister results, which is the first top 10 result for a Peninsula boys skier in 12 years. Levi Michael led the Soldotna boys with a 33rd-place finish on Friday, and ended up 30th in the final skimeister standings.

Lydia Blanchet of West won Friday’s 7.5K girls freestyle race by nearly 30 seconds, winning in a time of 18:58.6 to capture her second skimeister championship, adding to the one she won in 2013.

Soldotna senior Sadie Fox finished 16th Friday, which was enough for ninth place in the final skimeister results. Kenai freshman Addison Gibson topped Peninsula girl skiers Friday with a 10th-place finish, which landed her a 10th place in the overall skimeister results, five seconds behind Fox.

Saturday’s schedule includes a pair of relay races. The season-ending girls 4-by-3.3K relay starts at noon, while the boys 4-by-5K relay is slated for 1:30 p.m. The two relays will determine the final team results of the weekend.



Friday 10K

Top 10 Individual results — 1. Max Donaldson, WV, 24 minutes, 26.6 seconds; 2. Hunter Wonders, Sou, 24:35.0; 3. Gus Schumacher, Ser, 24:44.2; 4. Conner Truskowski, Ser, 24:49.0; 5. Matthew Hoefler, Sou, 25:09.7; 6. Benjamin Koenig, WV, 25:17.6; 7. Luke Cvancara, Dim, 25:23.3; 8. Canyon Tobin, Ser, 25:26.9; 9. Will Balcao, Sou, 25:27.5; 10. Luke Jager, Wes, 25:29.2.

Other Peninsula finishers — 11. Travis Cooper, Ken, 25:29.8; 30. Jordan Theisen, Ken, 26:54.4; 33. Levi Michael, Sol, 27:15.4; 36. John-Mark Pothast, Sol, 27:28.8; 37. Karl Danielson, Ken, 27:29.4; 38. James Butler, Ken, 27:31.3; 41. Koby Vinson, Sol, 27:45.9; 56. Jacob Davis, Hom, 29:09.1; 62. Aaron Swedberg, Sol, 29:31.0; 64. Daniel Shuler, Sol, 29:32.6; 65. Ghen Sasakura, Hom, 29:57.3; 66. Liam Floyd, Ken, 30:01.4; 71. Tanner Best, Sol, 30:14.5; 74. Hoxie Parks, Hom, 30:25.1; 80. Tadhg Scholz, Hom, 30:49.6; 93. Patrick Michaels, Ken, 33:31.8; 97. Logan Smith, Sew, 35:06.7; 98. Hunter Kratz, Sew, 35:36.1.


Friday 7.5K

Top 10 Individual results — 1. Lydia Blanchet, Wes, 18:58.6; 2. Anna Darnell, Sou, 19:27.7; 3. Emma Tarbath, Ser, 19:41.9; 4. Annika Flynn, Sou, 19:48.1; 5. Molly Gellert, Wes, 19:55.5; 6. Morgan Flynn, Eas, 20:00.2; 7. Magdalen York, 20:03.5; 8. Abby Amick, Was, 20:08.8; 9. Taryn Hunt-Smith, Ser, 20:08.8; 10. Addison Gibson, Ken, 20:29.2.

Other Peninsula finishers — 12. Riana Boonstra, Ken, 20:40.3; 16. Sadie Fox, Sol, 20:46.7; 29. Alex Bergholtz, Ken, 21:32.8; 30. Hannah Pothast, Sol, 21:37.2; 39. Aspen Daigle, Hom, 22:21.8; 42. Mikaela Salzetti, Ken, 22:27.6; 49. Olivia Hutchings, Sol, 23:04.8; 50. Rachel Ellert, Hom, 23:08.5; 55. Katie Cooper, Ken, 23:27.3; 60. Audrey Russell, Hom, 23:49.8; 61. Kellie Arthur, Sol, 23:51.4; 62. Ruby Lindquist, Sew, 23:56.8; 64. Sara Wolf, Hom, 24:09.1; 66. Emily Werner, Sol, 24:13.5; 69. Ithaca Bergholtz, Ken, 24:21.6; 71. Mariah Vantrease, Hom, 24:24.9; 74. Meika Chythlook, Sol, 25:05.8; 78. Mia Alexson, Hom, 25:18.9.

More in Sports

Soldotna's Wayne Mellon works to a pin of Kenai Central's Zoticus Active at 189 pounds in a dual meet at Soldotna High School on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
SoHi wrestling honors seniors in matchup with Kenai

Thanksgiving weekend gives many the opportunity to see family. The holiday gave… Continue reading

Strausbaugh, Hippchen take Turkey Skate

Soldotna hosted Kenai Central for the Turkey Skate at Tsalteshi Trails on… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Sawyer Vann controls Nikiski's Wyatt Maguire at 125 pounds Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. Vann notched a 7-6 victory. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Area wrestlers collect mat time before Thanksgiving break

Area wrestlers got in some mat time Tuesday before the Thanksgiving break.… Continue reading

Assistant coach Taylor Shaw leads the Kenai River Brown Bears during a game Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears start search for new head coach

The Kenai River Brown Bears issued a press release Friday about staff… Continue reading

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Bryce Monrean tries to find a way through the defense of the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues during a first-period power play Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Jr. Blues come back to take series from Bears

The Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues lost not only a 2020-21 season to… Continue reading

Soldotna junior Liam Babitt holds a grip on South Anchorage’s Britten Hamilton during the 215-pound final of the Lancer Smith Fall Varsity 2021 Invite on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021 at the Menard Arena in Wasilla, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)
Soldotna crowns 4 champions at Lancer Smith

The Soldotna wrestling team finished fourth Friday and Saturday at the Lancer… Continue reading

Hockey roundup: SoHi sweeps in Kodiak; West wins End of Road tourney

The Soldotna hockey team swept Kodiak in the first high school games… Continue reading

A brown bear feeds on a salmon. (Photo by C. Canterbury/USFWS)
Refuge Notebook: Bears, uniquely built to respond to winter

With the new snow and temperatures dipping into the single digits, you… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Caden Warren surveys the ice against West at the End of the Road Tournament at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Kenai, Homer hockey lose to open tourney

The Kenai Central and Homer hockey teams both opened the End of… Continue reading

Caden Triggs of the Kenai River Brown Bears celebrates his first-period goal against the Springfield (Illinois) Jr. Blues on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Brown Bears topple Jr. Blues

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion The Kenai River Brown Bears received two… Continue reading

Michael proposes to Sarah at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Out of the Office: Falling in love one snowflake at a time

Do you want to know what I’ve been looking forward to the… Continue reading