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Besh Cup victories go to Alison Arians, Everett Cason

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: January 21
  • Published January 19

Jillian Gavalya tucks on a downhill during the girls 5K classic race Sunday at Homer's Lookout Mountain ski trails. (Photo by Eric Engman)

Alison Arians and Everett Cason won Besh Cup distance races Sunday on Homer’s Lookout Mountain cross-country ski trails, with Arians winning by 16 seconds and Cason by 14 seconds.

Arians finished the women’s 10-kilometer classic in 33 minutes, 32 seconds, and Cason finished the men’s 15K in 43:17. The runner-ups were Adrianna Proffitt in the women’s race and Kai Meyers in the men’s race.

In the 5K races for younger skiers, Abigail Haas and Mark Eggener, a pair of 16-and-under skiers, set the pace. Haas finished the girls race in 17:10 for a 13-second win over Meredith Schwartz, and Eggener topped the boys in 15:42, 21 seconds ahead of Aaron Power.

The race was the fourth in the six-race Besh Cup series, which will determine Alaska’s team for the Junior Nationals and the Arctic Winter Games. The first two races were held in Anchorage, two were held over the weekend in Homer, and the final two are scheduled for February in Fairbanks.

This story has been updated to correct the top two finishers in the boys U16 race.

A skier climbs a hill as mountains adorn the skyline during Sunday's Besh Cup at Lookout Mountain in Homer. (Photo by Eric Engman)
Evan Sosinski competes in the boys 5-kilometer classic race Sunday on the Lookout Mountain ski trails in Homer. (Photo by Eric Engman)
Elise Metzger works her way through the girls 5K race. (Photo by Eric Engman)