Kayhi’s cross country team had a successful year with plenty of runners reaching their goals and getting their PR’s and being able to qualify and get five kids to state.
“Times were faster this year compared to last year,” said head coach Leigh Woodward. “We had a younger team this year since we had a lot of people graduate last year.”
The 2018 season was filled with a bunch of good times, plenty of girls getting 21:16, 22:33, and 22:07. Two freshman boys in specific, Brent Capps and Mickey Lapinski really out showed this year.
“Mickey and Brent were beating everyone,” said Woodward. “Mickey did have a bad race during regions and wasn’t able to qualify for state, but throughout the season they both were very very good.”
Jacob King really surprised a lot of people. He never took top three in any meets until regionals, he took 10th, the top time of his career at 18:05.
“Jacob just came and destroyed,” said Woodward. “He didn’t want regions to be his last race.”
Over the 2018 season there were 34 runners (24 boys, 10 girls). Out of the girls Ruby Mccue cut her time by 2 ½ minutes.
“She really did amazing her first year,” said Woodward. “I definitely feel like she’ll be one of our top runners again next year.”
The cross country team traveled to Sitka, Metlakatla, Petersburg, Juneau and Anchorage. They also had one home meet. First year Senior Ivan Credito had a PR of a minute and 45 sec.
“I really like how he came out on his only season ever and did pretty good,” said Woodward. “In our home meet he finished with a time of 18:44.”
Dwight King, brother of senior Jacob King had a time difference of six minutes and seven seconds. He had a time of 24:25 in the first race and ended with 18:18 in the home meet. By far the most outstanding time difference of the season.
CC to Regionals
Spots at the state cross country meet are at stake this weekend at the Region V meet in Juneau.
The Kings’ best chances to qualify for state are freshman Mickey Lapinski and sophomore Morgan Elerding.
Lapinski finished 6th among 4A runners (12th overall) last week and will try to crack the top 10 and qualify for state. Lapinski said he is going to develop a game plan to put himself in the best position to have a strong race.“I’m going to learn the Juneau course to know how to pace myself,” said Lapinski.
Elerding finished 9th among the 4A runners last week and will try to keep her spot there to qualify.
“I need to stay with the three JD girls and hope to out sprint them at the end,” said Elerding. “They’re all 10 seconds within my time.”
Football to Barrow
Kayhi Kings football (4-1) will travel 1,300 miles north to take on the Barrow Whalers (3-3) Saturday in their last away game of the regular season. The Kings are coming off a victory at Homer 48-12, and have averaged 51.6 points this season, while the Whalers have an average of 18.8 points.
Senior Tarrant Sasser said he is excited for this weekend’s trip up to the North slope.
“Our defense has been doing great forcing punts,” said Sasser. “And they have been putting the offense in great positions.”
Volleyball to Prince of Wales
The Kayhi girls volleyball team (1-7) will play the Craig Panthers Friday and Saturday with C team starting at 4:30 p.m. both nights.
The Kayhi girls cross country team took 1st place over the weekend in Sitka. Three girls finished in the top ten. Kayhi’s top finisher sophomore Morgan Elderding placed 4th overall with a time of 21:14.29.
The boys placed 2nd over the weekend with two runners finishing in the top ten. Freshman Mickey Lapinski placed 1st for Kayhi and 7th overall with a time of 18:02.99.
Morgan Elderling (21:14.29)
Ruby McCue (22:07.41)
Ashley Cyr (22:24.29)
Mickey Lapinski (18:02.99)
Brent capps (18:20.89)
3rd- Thunder Mountain
4th- Juneau Douglas
3rd- Juneau Douglas
The Kayhi cross country team will race today in Petersburg. The girls will race at 4 p.m. and and the boys at 4:45 p.m. The boys are averaging 28 points for the season and the girls 32.
The Kayhi girls cross country team placed 2nd over the weekend in Metlakatla. The Lady Kings scored a total of 39 points.
Junior Ashley Cyr was the top finisher for Kayhi placing 4th overall with a time of 22:23.00.
The boys took 1st scoring 23 points.
Mickey Lapinski was Kayhi’s top finisher with a time of 18:18.00 placing 2nd overall. Seven teams participated for both girls and boys.
The Kayhi cross country team will race on Saturday in Metlakatla. Kayhi runners Brent Capps (18:22.34) finished 16th overall in Sitka last weekend, and Morgan Elerding (21:16.80) finished 7th overall.
“I feel ready to win,” senior Jon Barron said. “I feel many of our runners are going to get PR’s this weekend, we’ve been working hard as a team.”
Both girls and boys cross country teams took 3rd place over the weekend in Sitka. The boys scored a total of 101 points and the girls 79. Brent Capps, top finisher for the Kings placed 16th overall with a time of 18:22.34. Morgan Eldering had the top time for Kayhi, finishing in 21:16.80 placing 7th overall.
Sophomore Morgan Eldering said about the first meet of the season “I think it was a great start for our year, we have some great new additions with freshman boys and girls that are going to go super far with us this season. I felt really good about that race and cannot wait for the next one.”
On the boys side Sitka won its home meet with 33 points. Juneau-Douglas won the meet for the girls with 25 points. Nine boys teams, and six girls teams participated in the meet.
1st- Juneau-Douglas – 25
2nd- Petersburg – 74
3rd- Ketchikan – 79
1st- Sitka – 33
2nd- Juneau-Douglas – 41
3rd- Ketchikan – 101