Bethea Crowned State Champion by a Toe

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There’s a cross-country running champion from Kodiak again this year. Jaymi Bethea (beth-ay) caught Service High School’s Jenette Northey on the stadium lap and won by a foot. Specifically, her left foot. That’s where the electronic timing chip all runners wear was located. They were so close, both Bethea and Northey officially had the same finishing time of 19-minutes 5-seconds over the five-kilometer course. It’s the fifth straight year a Kodiak runner has won an individual title.

The Lady Bears as a team were a distant fourth, with 137 points. Wasilla was first with 71, followed by South and West Anchorage in second and third, respectively. Dimond was fifth.

Sarah Ng was 25th, Allie Smith was 36th, followed closely by Kari Millstein and Tiffany Bolyard in 37th and 38th. Elisha Lenhert was 44th and McKenzie Barnett was 48th.

On the boy’s side, the Bears were third overall with 85 points, behind Service’s 39 and West Valley’s 79. Juneau was fourth and Lathrop fifth.

James Osowski was the top Kodiak boy, finishing eighth, with Cole Christiansen two seconds behind him. Nathan Deer was 11th, Jake Salus 30th, Jordan Fogle 31st, Derek Deal 44th and Caleb Nymeyer 62nd.

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