The Sitka High boys have won the state Cross Country title. The Wolves toppled defending champion Grace Christian on Saturday (10-3-15) to take the small-schools trophy.
Sitka runners Colin Baccioco and David Wilcox finished 4th and 6th respectively to anchor the Sitka win. The Wolves duo finished the 5-kilometer course at Bartlett High School in Anchorage within three seconds of each other, at 16:48 and 16:51.
Two other Sitka boys finished in the top 20: Joseph Pate was 12th, and Jordan Zellhuber 15th. Tristan Rosas was not far behind at 23rd.
Sitka’s team score of 60 was enough to edge out powerhouse Grace Christian for the 1A-2A-3A trophy. Grace Christian had won the last nine state meets. Sitka’s win is the first for a public school in Cross Country in the last 11 years.
And it’s the first state championship — ever — for a Sitka Cross Country team.
Thanks to Sitka High’s Mike Vieira for contributing to this report.