Runners continue to improve times in advance of Southeast regionals

At the last cross-country meet before regionals, the Ketchikan Invitational, the Wrangell Wolves continued to shave seconds - and in some cases, minutes - off their times as they prepare for the end of the season. The Saturday, Sept. 23, race included 166 runners from 13 schools around Southeast.

Senior Keegan Hanson finished third overall with a personal best time of 16:52.3. So far, Hanson is the only Wrangell runner to complete the 5K in under 17 minutes this season. Sophomore Boomchain Loucks was close behind, coming in fifth at 17:05.1. Junior Daniel Harrison came in 22nd at 18:30.5.

In 27th place, sophomore Jackson Powers finished in under 19 minutes for the first time this season, with a personal record of 18:45.0. Freshman Jackson Carney rounded out Wrangell's top five with a personal record time of 18:54.3.

Everett Meisnner, Ian Nelson, Cooper Powers, Trevyn Gillen, Ben Houser and Aadyn Gillen also represented the Wolves at the meet.

The entire Wrangell girls team achieved personal best times in Ketchikan. Freshman Alana Harrison placed ninth with a time of 22:07.4 - 40 seconds faster than her race at the Sept. 16 Sitka Invitational. Sophomore Kalee Herman placed 22nd with a time of 24:44.7. Freshman Bella Ritchie cut six minutes off her previous best time, coming in 46th at 27:41.5.

The Wrangell boys team placed fifth overall; the girls team did not have the five runners required to place at the meet.

Sitka's Connor Hitchcock ran the fastest boys time, 16:33.6, and Sitka's Clare Mullin took first for the girls with 18:53.5. The Sitka team also placed first overall.

The top seven runners on the Wrangell boys team will go to regionals in Juneau on Saturday, Sept. 30, with one alternate. The entire girls team will also attend.


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