The DHS cross country running team competed on September 24 in Fairbanks for spots at the state tournament. The frost eased, the sun began to shine, and runners from across the interior persevered towards their finish line. The DHS Division II athletes worked hard and earned numerous recognitions.
Grace Pearson, the lone female runner for Delta, placed fourth with a time of 24:51. The top 15 finishers travel to state, so her performance qualified her to travel to the state tournament.
Following her strong finish, the DHS JV boys team took charge and all five racers completed with personal records. Ash Blake crossed the finish line first for small schools with a time of 20:44. Josiah Ruse finished in 21:19 which was second place for the small school runners. Chris Phelan earned a 24:16, William Russell crossed at 24:12, and Angus Beckett finished in 27:05.
The varsity boys team was hyped up after watching their excellent teammates' performances. The seven-member team completed the race with outstanding finishes and were a single point away from first place. However, their second-place finish earns them a berth to state.
Crossing the line first for Delta was Anthony White with a time of 18:34 and earning a fourth place finish. Ethan Dehling was not far behind with a sixth place finish and a personal record time of 19:03. Aidan Bullard and Tanner Brant also earned personal record times of 19:58 and 20:32 respectively. James Fox, Noah Douglas, and William Douglas also represented the varsity boys team.
The eight athletes and coach Hilary Adams will travel to Anchorage for the state race on October 8. Coach Adams stated she was "super happy with them (the runners)" and said "it was a great day!".
The team has made tremendous gains this season and are looking forward to their last race of the year.