780 AM | 96.1 FM 


(907) 443-5221

At State Cross-Country Meet, Making Records And Memories

The Nome-Beltz cross-country team inside a Bering air plane, heading to Elim.
The Nome-Beltz cross-country team heads to Elim. (Photo: Devin Tatro, 2017, used with permission)

This past weekend marked the end of the season for cross-country student runners from around Western Alaska. A total of 22 athletes represented the Bering Strait, Nome, and Kotzebue school districts at the 1A/2A/3A State Championships in Anchorage on Saturday.

In a boys 5-kilometer race with almost 150 runners, two Nome seniors placed in the top 50: Harrison Moore and Jamie Yi finished within one second of each other, in just over 18 minutes. In the girls’ race, Nome’s Starr Erikson had the top time out of the Western Alaska athletes. Erikson’s teammates Mary Fiskeaux and Mallory Conger finished behind her. Each broke 25 minutes for the 5K.

Nome Co-Head Coach Aaron Blankenship says he’s proud of his team’s accomplishments:

“They really hit good times, really pushed themselves. A lot of PR’s were made, and those personal records are big, especially ones at state, because the state course is not easy. Bartlett High School has a very hilly course, and it was kind of rainy, so there was mud left over from the day before. So the fact that our teams could have so many personal records shows just how much they’ve grown this season alone.”

Other athletes competing from the region included St. Michael’s Patricia Washington, White Mountain’s Felicia Ione and Anjoli Agloinga, Shishmaref’s Edward Kokeok, Unalakleet’s Joey Kniseley, and Elim’s Jacob Brouilette.

Whatever the results, Blankenship says the meet was a time to enjoy one last race:

“It’s very much a celebration for them, because as athletes, one thing they truly love is good competition. And they get a lot of great competition from the other people at state, and so that’s a celebration for them: they get to celebrate themselves as runners.”

The Nanooks coach says the trip was equal parts competition and team building:

“It’s very much a retreat that our students get to go on, and I wanted to really encourage them to make those memories that, when they think back to the time they’re in cross-country, they’ll remember, ‘Oh yeah, that one year we were at state, and we got to watch a movie and then dye Coach Blankenship’s hair.’ Those are the memories that they’re going to remember.”

For the seniors, these may not be their last memories of high-school running. Blankenship says he’s hoping to start a track-and-field team in Nome in the spring. Until then, some of the athletes may compete in wrestling or basketball this winter, or cheer on their Lady Nanooks volleyball team, which heads to Utqiagvik this weekend.

Image at top: A fun memory from earlier in the season: The Nome cross-country team heads to Elim on a Bering Air plane. (Photo: Devin Tatro, 2017, used with permission.)

Did you enjoy this News story?

Consider supporting our work by becoming a one-time or recurring donor.

Share this story


Recent Posts

Open Comment Period Opens for Boulder Creek Uranium Property

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has announced an open comment period for the Boulder Creek property located north of Elim. The call for public comment will give proponents and opponents an opportunity to voice their opinions on the project before a decision on granting a permit is made. 

Read More »

Tony Matson Celebrates 40 Years with Bering Air

Employees stood scattered throughout the H1 hangar of Bering Air’s Nome headquarters. All eyes were on Tony Matson as he descended down a dark stairwell. Applause echoed against the walls of the large facility as it was announced that July 12, 2024 was Matson’s 40th anniversary with the regional airline. 

Read More »

Family, Friends Gather to Celebrate Life of Richard Beneville

Rain dribbled as family and friends of the late Mayor of Nome Richard Beneville gathered around a white cross bearing an inscription of his name and signature catch phrase “Hello Central!”. At the base of the cross purple velvet was draped over a freshly placed headstone.  Richard Beneville’s niece, Susan

Read More »

July 11: Rick Thoman’s Climate Highlight for Western Alaska

The following is a transcript from Rick Thoman’s weekly “Climate Highlight for Western Alaska” provided to KNOM Radio. Thoman is a Climate Specialist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Nome is off to by far the wettest start of any July

Read More »



Work for Us:




(907) 443-5221 


(907) 868-1200 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that KNOM Radio Mission is located on the customary lands of Indigenous peoples. 

Based in the Bering Strait region, KNOM broadcasts throughout the homelands of the Iñupiaq, Siberian Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Yup’ik peoples.