For the sixth year in a row, a Kodiak runner is the fastest in the Northern Lights Conference. And for the 10th year in a row, the Kodiak High School boys are the best cross-country squad in the NLC. Cole Christiansen led the Bears to a dominating title on Saturday, winning the five-kilometer race by 12 seconds, with a time of 16-minutes 7-seconds. Kodiak’s Levi Thomet was third in 16:41 and Levi Fried was seventh in 16:59. The Bears scored 37 points to beat second-place Palmer, with 87, by 50. Colony was third, followed by Wasilla and Kenai.
The Kodiak girls were third, and qualified for state, with a team score of 84. Wasilla had 43 to win the team title, followed by Kenai with 82. The Kardinal’s freshman phenom Allie Ostrander once again blew away the field to win the event with a time of 18-minutes 7-seconds. She was 34-seconds ahead of the runner-up. Adriane Horn was the top Kodiak girl in seventh, with a time of 19:44.
In the last home football game of the year, the Kodiak Bears trounced Monroe Catholic in a non-conference game 37-0. The Bears were mathematically still alive for a playoff spot before the game began, but after the Homer Mariners beat the Kenai Kardinals for the first time in 19 years, that chance evaporated. Kodiak, now 3-3 on the season, has one more game to play, next week in Valdez.