Nome Hosts Cross-Country Invite; In Volleyball, Kotzebue Huskies Defeat Lady Nanooks

Nome's Jamie Yi crosses the finish line in White Mountain, 2017

Athletes from around the region traveled for cross-country running and volleyball competitions this weekend. Teams from Kotzebue, Teller, White Mountain, and Savoonga visited Nome for the Nome Cross-Country Invite. And the Kotzebue Huskies volleyball team hosted the Nome Nanooks, resulting in a Kotzebue win.

In the cross-country high-school girls’ 5K, Nome’s Starr Erikson, Mallory Conger, and Mary Fiskeaux took the top three spots, respectively. Kotzebue’s Kayla Booth finished in the top 5.

In the boys’ 5K, Harrison More, Aaron Rose, and Jamie Yi, from Nome, swept the podium, in that order, with Michael Hensley of Kotzebue finishing in the top 5.

Other top-ten finishers included White Mountain’s Melody Bergamaschi and Teller’s Kiara Okleasik on the girls’ side, and Teller’s Kayden Topkok and Savoonga’s Joseph Noongwook on the boys’ side.

Nome’s Della Medlin and Clara Hansen finished first and second in the junior-high girls’ race, with Savoonga’s Myra Penyah finishing third. In the boys’ race, Nome’s David Miller and Daniel Buffas took gold and bronze, respectively, and Savoonga’s Derek Seppilu took silver.

Turning courtside, the Kozebue Huskies won at home against the Nome Nanooks 3–2 on Friday and 3–0 on Saturday. The teams will swap places this weekend, with the Nanooks hosting the Huskies on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Coming up in cross-country this weekend, Kotzebue will host Nome and Bethel for the Big West State Qualifying race. And Bering Strait School District teams will travel to Unalakleet for the Bering Strait Conference Cross-Country Running Championships.

Image at top: Nome’s Jamie Yi crosses the finish line at the White Mountain Cross-Country Invite, 2017. Photo: Gabe Colombo, KNOM.