Soldotna’s Megan Youngren competes in the California International Marathon in Sacramento on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo provided by Megan Youngren)

Soldotna’s Megan Youngren competes in the California International Marathon in Sacramento on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo provided by Megan Youngren)

Youngren named Alaska Athlete of Week; McDonald stars for Providence College

Soldotna’s Megan Youngren, 28, was named the Alaska Athlete of the Week by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame this weekend.

Youngren qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials for marathon by running 2 hours, 43 minutes, 52 seconds, at the California International Marathon in Sacramento on Dec. 8. The “B” qualifying standard was 2:45:00.

Youngren also is now fourth on the all-time fastest women’s marathon list for Alaska, a list compiled by the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame.

McDonald stars for Providence College

Eagle River’s Cam McDonald, who played for the Kenai River Brown Bears in the 2017-18 season, is having a solid freshman season for Providence College, which is ranked No. 13 in a poll compiled by U.S. College Hockey Online.

In a game at UMass-Lowell on Dec. 7, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound defenseman scored in the first period to put the Friars ahead 2-0. Providence would win 4-1, meaning all three goals McDonald has scored this season are game-winners. The first two were against Clarkson and Boston College.

McDonald also has a pair of assists for Providence, and has blocked 16 shots in 17 games while tallying a plus-3 rating.

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