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Kenai Central's Allie Ostrander wins Skyview Invitational

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Kenai Central's Allie Ostrander maintained a steady pace from beginning to end.

The field kept falling farther behind.

Ostrander dominated the girls five-kilometer race at the Skyview Invitational at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School on Saturday, finishing in 17 minutes, 53 seconds - nearly one minute ahead of runner-up Jenette Northey of Service.

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"I didn't want to sprint out too fast," said Ostrander, who is 2-0 this season in varsity races. "I just wanted to keep the same pace all the way through."

Teammates Hope Steffensen and Bailey Beeson placed eighth and 11th, respectively, helping the Kardinals finish second behind West in the girls team standings. Service took the team crown on the boys side, where Kodiak's Cole Christiansen was the individual winner with a time of 16:07. Twenty-five teams competed.

But it was Ostrander, a 4-foot-11, 70-pound freshman, who turned all the heads.

The first-year varsity participant also won a race in Homer earlier this season and was never challenged Saturday. When she jogged down the final straightway toward the finish line, no other runner was in sight.

Ostrander, 14, said she likes the Tsalteshi course because it features a mix of rolling hills and flat stretches.

The conditions also helped her time, she said, because the turf was dry. During the race in Homer, it was wet and muddy.

Kenai Central coach D'Anna Gibson said Ostrander's time was about a minute faster than the previous best by a Kardinals female at the invite.

"It's wonderful to have her on the team," Gibson said. "She's the complete package."

Steffensen and Beeson were the top two central Kenai Peninsula finishers behind Ostrander on the girls side, giving Kenai Central 87 points. West ended with 78.

Soldotna's Bree Mucha was the only other area female to finish in the Top 30, taking 12th in 19:37.

The boys five-kilometer was closer, with Christiansen defeating runner-up Max Romey of Service and third-place finisher Miles Knotek of Seward by 9 seconds. Romey edged Knotek by a chin for silver as both clocked times of 16:19.

Kenai Central's Fox Michaud was the highest Peninsula finisher outside Knotek, taking 15th in 16:56. Micah Hilbish of Skyview also cracked the Top 20, earning 17th in 17:01.

Christiansen took the lead at about the midway point of the race and never looked back.

"I just woke up and felt good and was ready to win," said Christiansen, who is familiar with the course because he raced on it at the 2010 region meet. "It's a good course. I like that it's got some flat stretches because it allows you to regain your momentum."

The Kenai Central boys placed sixth in the team standings, while Skyview took 11th. Homer was 15th and Soldotna settled for 19th. The Kards were the lone area team to record an official score in the girls team standings.

For Ostrander, the goal moving forward is simple.

"I just want to keep getting better and improve my times," she said.

Individual results

Girls

1. Allie Ostrander, Ken, 17:53; 2. Jenette Northey, Ser, 18:46; 3. Lydia Blanchett, Wes, 19:08; 4. Sarah Freistone, Dim, 19:11; 5. Rachel Roelle, Wes, 19:14; 6. Samantha Hartke, Chu, 19:15; 7. Grace Graham, Eas, 19:16; 8. Hope Steffensen, Ken, 19:18; 9. Mariah Burroughs, Was, 19:18; 10. Stephanie Kirk, Sou, 19:31.

Other Peninsula finishers

11. Bailey Beeson, Ken, 19:32; 12. Bree Mucha, Sol, 19:37; 35. Danielle McCormick, Sol, 20:28; 36. Taylor Ostrander, Ken, 20:28; 47. Noelle Schmitter-Schrier, Ken, 21:00; 66. Hannah Hutchison, Sky, 21:39; 71. Pam Jantzi, Hom, 22:08; 73. Isabel Barnwell, Sew, 22:09; 78. Valerie Mastolier, Hom, 22:27; 83. Alaine Miller, Hom, 22:36; 86. Laura Dyer, Sew, 23:10; 88. Carolyn Keifer, Ken, 23:25; 90. Sadie Fox, Sol, 24:04; 93. Chelsea Winter, Sky, 24:42; 98. Mattea Peters, Hom, 26:19.

Boys

1. Cole Christiansen, Kod, 16:07; 2. Max Romey, Ser, 16:19; 3. Miles Knotek, Sew, 16:19; 4. Mason Minturn, Pal, 16:26; 5. Chris Osiensky, Pal, 16:33; 6. Levi Thomet, Kod, 16:41; 7. Jordan Fogle, Kod, 16:49; 8. Lucas Hepler, Ser, 16:49; 9. John Farr, Eas, 16:49; 10. Brandon King, Eag, 16:51.

Other Peninsula finishers

15. Fox Michaud, Ken, 16:56; 17. Micah Hilbish, Sky, 17:01; 23. Matthew Moore, Sew, 17:24; 24. Dan Adickes, Hom, 17:25; 26. Jonah Theisen, Ken, 17:29; 32. Sam Janorschke, Sky, 17:35; 43. Travis Semmens, Ken, 17:43; 46. Jordan Theisen, Ken, 17:49; 54. Bud Sparks, Sky, 17:56; 70. Nate Mole, Ken, 18:16; 76. Josh VanTrease, Hom, 18:20; 80. Conner McCarron, Hom, 18:24; 82. Dillon Jensen, Sol, 18:25; 87. Brenner Musgrave, Sky, 18:34; 88. Evan Atchley, Ken, 18:34; 91. Jacob Marshall, Sew, 18:38; 95. Matt Bullerdick, Sky, 18:40; 98. Alex Springer, Ken, 18:44; 101. Jake Worsford, Hom, 18:48; 111. Garren Lucas, Sky, 19:31; 112. Drew Brown, Hom, 19:33; 114. Brandon Beachy, Hom, 19:42; 117. Kade Cooper, Sky, 19:48; 119. Darien Green, Sol, 19:49; 122. Blake Klaich, Nik, 20:06; 125. Shane Miller, Sol, 20:27; 126. Lennart Von Schlichting, Hom, 20:38; 128. Daniel Lewis, Sol, 20:53; 129. Justice Miller, Sol, 20:53; 132. Colton Diehl, Sol, 21:15.

Team results

Girls

1. West, 78; 2. Kenai, 87; 3. Wasilla, 98; 4. Grace, 108; 5. South, 112; 6. Dimond, 137; 7. East, 180; 8. Eagle River, 198; 9. Kodiak, 202; 10. Service, 207; 11. Chugiak, 252.

Boys

1. Service, 72; 2. Kodiak, 103; 3. Palmer, 118; 4. Grace, 133; 5. Chugiak, 166; 6. Kenai, 225; 7. East, 272; 8. ACS, 273; 9. West, 274; 10. Wasilla, 288; 11. Skyview, 308; 12. Dimond, 337; 13. South, 342; 14. Eagle River, 368; 15. Homer, 425; 16. Valdez, 501; 17. Bartlett, 605; 18. Houston, 611; 19. Soldotna, 620; 20. Cordova, 656.

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