Tilley, Martin set pace in Lost Lake Run
Sam Tilley and Kelsey Martin captured victories and Denali Foldager said yes to Eric Strabel's marriage proposal at the annual Lost Lake Run in Seward last weekend.
Tilley took the men's title in the race, a 15.75-mile cross-country run on a U.S. Forest Service Trail in Chugach National Forest. He made the trip in 1 hour, 43 minutes, 24 seconds.
Eric Johnson was second (1:44:53) and Ryan Beckett third (1:46:54).
Martin topped the women in 1:56:48. Brianna Sullivan was second (1:59:42) and Anna Dalton third (2:00:28).
Before the race, Strabel, an Anchorage ski coach who earlier this summer shattered the revered, long-standing record in Seward's Mount Marathon race, proposed to Foldager, a member of a well-known Seward running family. Foldager said yes.
The proposal happened in front of a field of 750 runners on hand for the 22nd running of Lost Lake. A fundraiser for cystic fibrosis, the race has raised about $2 million over the years and is one of the most popular footraces in the state. The field is capped at 750, a number reached six hours after entries opened earlier this year.
Coaches anticipate UAA to rule GNAC
UAA's cross country teams are the overwhelming favorites in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference this season.
The defending conference champions in both men's and women's competition, the Seawolves earned all but one first-place vote in a preseason poll of conference coaches.
The UAA men, who are seeking their fourth straight GNAC team title, were voted No. 1 by every coach. The women, who are going for their fifth straight title, got all but one first-place vote.
Additionally, both teams are ranked second in the NCAA Division II West Region by the U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association. Picked first among both men and women is Chico State, which swept the region titles last season.
UAA returns 13 runners, seven women and six men. Among them is GNAC women's champion Susan Tanui, along with all-conference runners Ivy O'Guinn, Sarah Freistone and Susan Bick. For the men, All-GNAC runners Dylan Anthony and Isaac Kangogo are back.
The Seawolves open the season Saturday against host BYU-Hawaii in Laie, Hawaii.