By JEFF BRADY
Skagway runner Dominque Foote finished in third place at the Region V cross-country meet in Ketchikan on Sept. 27.
“His third place finish is the best by a Skagway boy since Mickey (Wilson) and Quinn(Weber) finished first and third in 2009,” said coach Kent Fielding.
Foote’s time was 17 minutes, 38 seconds. He was 18 seconds back of 1A-2A-3A winner Collin Baciocco of Sitka and 11 seconds behind runner-up Bryce Gerald of Wrangell.
It was Foote’s last race. Even though he easily qualified for the state meet in Anchorage, he did not go due to a family move to Washington.
Fielding said the boys’ team finished eighth, which was a bit disappointing. Skagway’s second fastest runner,
Trevor Cox, had a hard race and finished in 27th with a time of 19:52, but Steaven McKnight (23:52) and Alex Ackerman (23:34) posted personal record times. Micah Cook wasn’t far behind them at 215:40.
The girls’ race had a different flavor – there were two of them. A black bear was spotted on the course by the leaders during the first run and halted the race. After a wait of 90 minutes, they started again.
“It took them that long to rerun the race and it was pouring rain,” Fielding said.
He said Skagway’s best runner, sophomore Hailey Jensen, was shivering and finished just 29th with a time of 25:27. But the other racers score PRs: Al Weber (26:24), Kara Whitehead (30:18), and Dainean Teeluk (30:30).