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In case you’re wondering what went down at the Alaska State XC meet last weekend. The young West Valley team more than held its own and finished as runner-up to a powerhouse team from Service High School.

Here’s a link to the full story, including the chip timing fiasco in the girls 4A race. http://www.adn.com/2010/10/02/1482885/girls-cross-country-championship.html

True to his name, senior James Leder (FXC but we still like him :-)) fought off an injury and held on for 2nd place to skier-runner Silas Talbot of Service. Summer-trained FAST skiers Kuba Grzeda was 7th, Peter Noon 21st, Mikko Sayre 26th and Erich Hoefler 28th (and all J2s) helped West Valley edge Kodiak for second place!

Kudos to these runners, as well as West Valley’s 6th and 7th runners on the day, Ian Patrick and Neill Toelle. Also, coach Dan Callahan and the West Valley coaching staff did a nice job bringing the runners along this fall. It takes a village to raise good skiers and runners.

Cross country is winding up and some of the kids are taking an easy week while Kuba is gearing up for the Concordia Invitational in Portland, OR.

Meanwhile, for the second day in a row some snow has fallen. We’ll be skiing soon. Well, Peter is a snowboarder (2010 Arctic Winter Games Bronze medalist and probably the skinniest snowboarder north of the 50th parallel), and although we do hold that against him, we’ll look forward to seeing him next summer for base/dryland training.