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Donley, Hermanson show versatility to claim skiathon victories

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 28
  • Published January 28

Quincy Donley closed a narrow gap to capture victory and lead a group of four West High girls into the top five Saturday in a high school cross-country skiathon at Kincaid Park.

Service's Eli Hermann clocked the fastest boys times in both legs to beat Everett Cason of West by 6.2 seconds.

Race organizers took advantage of new snow at Kincaid to create two separate courses to test the skiers' versatility.  They raced five kilometers on a classic course, followed by five kilometers on a freestyle course.

After the classic leg, Donley was 1.3 seconds behind South's Margaret Meeds, who set the pace in 14 minutes, 39.6 seconds. West's Aubrey LeClair was a close third, 2.9 seconds behind Meeds.

The West duo pulled away from Meeds in the skate leg. Donley seized the win with a skate time of 16:06.6, completing the course 3.2 seconds faster than LeClair and more than 40 seconds faster than Meeds. She posted a total time of 30:46.9 and was followed by LeClair in 30:51.7 and Meeds in 31:27.7.

West's Ivy Eski (31:36.1) and Annie Gonzales (32:39.2) grabbed fourth and fifth place, respectively, to help West cruise to the girls team title by a margin of more than 10 minutes over runner-up South. Third-place Service trailed West by 15 minutes.

In the boys competition, Hermanson edged Cason by about 3.5 seconds in each leg to claim victory with a total time of 26:58.2. He finished the 5K classic in 12:54.7 and did the 5K skate in 14:03.5.

Cason was next in 27:04.4, followed by third-place Kai Meyers of Service (27:40.0).

Dimond teammates George Cvancara (27:41.7) and Bryce Pintner (27:44.5) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to help the Lynx to a 6.3-second victory over West to take home the boys team title.

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