George Plumley Invitational

A handful of Mat-Su athletes run with the front of the pack early in the boys varsity race during the George Plumley Invitational Sept. 11 at Palmer High School.

West Valley senior Daniel Abromowicz and Chugiak junior Campbell Peterson won the varsity races during the George Plumley Invitational Saturday at Palmer High School.

Abromowicz won the boys race with a time of 16 minutes, 18 seconds. His teammate, junior Shane Fisher, was the runner-up with a time of 16:30.

Peterson won the girls race with a time of 19:39.

The Grace Christian boys and Juneau-Douglas girls earned team titles. Grace finished with 63 points, well ahead of West Anchorage and West Valley, who were second and third with 120 points. Juneau finished with 71 points in the girls team standings. South Anchorage was the runner-up with 79 points.

More than 1,000 athletes from 35 different schools across the state competed in the cross-country running meet.

Homer junior Seamus McDonough led Peninsula runners, placing 13th with a time of 17:20. Kenai junior Jayna Boonstra led the Peninsula in the girls race with a 15th-place finish and time of 20:25. Kenai sophomore Emilee Wilson 38th-place finish, and time of 21:32. Wilson was just ahead of teammate Lea Fallon, who was 39th with a time of 21:33.

Soldotna’s Jordan Strausbaugh (20:56) was 26th in the girls race. Eryn Field led Homer with a 42nd-place finish.

Kenai’s Gregory Fallon and Jack Laker finished 24th and 25th to lead the Kardinals boys.

Palmer sophomore Fischer Adams led Mat-Su runners with a fourth-place finish, and time of 16:49 in the boys race. Colony freshman Ella Hopkins was the top Valley runner in the girls race, finishing eighth with a time of 20:01.

Palmer’s Tobin Miller also grabbed a top-10 finish in the boys race, finishing 19th at 17:17. Tobias Buchanan (17:17) was 12th for the Colony boys. Palmer’s Katey Houser (20:48) was 21st for the Palmer girls.

Senior Brennan Lackey (17:41) led Wasilla with a 26th-place finish in the boys race.

Hopkins helped Colony finish a Valley-best sixth in the girls team standings with 200 points. The Knights were eighth in the boys standings.

Kenai was eighth in the girls team standings, to lead Peninsula teams. The Kards were 11th in the boys teams standings.

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