By Craig Giammona
Courtesy Daily Sitka Sentinel
Nome senior Teddy Payenna led the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves to a fourth-place finish at the 1A-2A-3A state championship cross country race Oct. 2 in Anchorage.
Payenna finished in third place, coming home in 17:07. He was also third in 2009.
"Teddy ran a great really strong race, but there were two boys in the state of Alaska who ran a little faster," MEHS coach Josd Arnold told the Sentinel.
The race winner posted a time of 16:44. Mt. Edgecumbe's Jesse Rogers, a senior was Dillingham, took 11th place in a time of 17:48. Matt Rogers, also a senior, finished 23rd in 18:47, Ben Bakk (12th grade, Egegik) was 67th in 19:27 and Jordan Johnson (12th grade, Kotlik) was 76th in 19:41 to round out the Braves' top five. The Braves were second in Southeast to Sitka, and the Wolves finished third at the state race with 106 points. The Braves took fourth with 135. Grace Christian won the team title with 37 points and Seward was second with 48.
Scartlett Beaver, who qualified as an individual, was the lone Edgecumbe girl at the state race. A freshman from Kotezbue, Beaver was 59th in a time of 24:27. The girls champion, Kailey Wilson of Kenny Lake, won in 19:54. Grace Christian won the girls race with 37 points, while Seward was second with 75. Craig (107), Sitka (113) and Bethel (146) rounded out the top five.
Arnold told the Sentinel he would like the Lady Braves to qualify for state as a team in 2011.