Cross country is the one sport where not only you’re racing against opponents but also the clock.
The boys finished second at regions this year, 32 points behind Juneau Douglas. The girls were third, 49 points behind the first place Crimson Bears.
The boys were led by sophomore Brent Capps, who consistently kept breaking his PR and improving throughout the season.
“What makes Brent so special is he just can’t stop running,” said Coach Woodward.
As the season went on Brent kept on getting closer to getting first but didn’t quite accomplish that; however, he did place higher. Brent dropped a whole 2 minutes over the course of the season to finish off with a PR of 17:02 in the 5K. Brent puts in the extra work that most people don’t and it pays off.
“Brent runs any chance he has. He even runs home from school,” said Lapinski.
Freshman Anneliese Hiatt (9th at regions) led the girls squad this season with her top time at 20.29, the first girl to break 21 minutes since 2015.
“Just like Brent, Anneliese loves to run. That girl will always be running, I see her all the time when I’m around town,” said Woodward.
Owen Woodward finished 8th in our home meet Sep 21. Owen was in the middle and never really stood out until regions.
“I was worried that weekend because Owen was palling around with Brent and he had put on so many miles heading into regions and he had to be tired but he had his best race ever and dropped a whole minute,” said Woodward. “He kept up with Brent for as long as he possibly could. He was top three for our team for the first 2 miles. He went in as the 8th alternate.”.
Kayhi will be losing five seniors this season. Junior Morgan Elerding said next year will be different next year without the seniors.
“Ashley Cyr is the one I’m going to miss the most, I’ll miss just being on a team with her cause she is one of my closest friends. I always have a lot of fun with her on trips,” said Morgan Elerding.
The team traveled to Craig, Petersburg, Juneau twice, Sitka for Regions, and Anchorage for state. They also hosted one home meet this season.
Kayhi brought 7 boys and 7 girls up to race in Sitka for regions. In the past years it has always been the top team and the top 10 individuals who attend state. At the coaches meeting Coach Woodward was informed of something new to Region V.
“The morning of regions I found out about the change they implemented last year- switching us from 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, to Division 1. They made some further changes on how many individuals we were aloud to take to state. We can now take 12 instead of 10,” said Woodward.