Crimson Bears and Falcons' senior cross-country runners

Nick Bursell, TMHS (four -year letterman) -


Nick started off his freshmen year with minimal enthusiasm for cross-country. He enjoyed his teammates, stuck with it, and has really taken off this past year, making huge improvements. For the first time, he has not only cracked the top 7, but he has been in our top five every meet so far this year! As a Co-Captain of our team, Nick’s efforts and leadership have contributed to our competitive success this year.

Marella Gungob, TMHS (3rd year) -

Marella joined us during her sophomore year, and has also steadily improved each year. She has worked her way up to the top 20 of every race so far this year, and has been in our top three every time she competes. She has contributed to the success of our girl’s team, and brings a calming presence and sensibility to our team’s occasional wild energy.

Ryan Harvey, JDHS (4th year) -

We have seen the greatest improvement from Ryan over the last 4 years. Shaving over 15 minutes off his PR, Ryan is now running 5k races under 24 minutes as of last weekend. He has also been one of the most consistent runners on our team as far as participation and attendance.

Katie Jones, TMHS (3rd year) -

Katie joined the cross country team her sophomore year, and quickly became our top girl, setting a new school record, and being a Region 4A top ten athlete both of her first two years with us. Katie is a hard worker, and a great leader. As a Co-Captain, she has contributed to the team’s success as a leader as well as an athlete. As she battles to recover from an early season injury, Katie has improved significantly every race so far this, her senior year.

Ashlynn Kay, TMHS (4th year) -

Ashlynn was one of two girls on the TMHS Cross Country team four years ago! It wasn’t until her sophomore year, that she could be a part of a full team. That team was not very competitive, but certainly had a lot of heart, as they finished last in most races. With her steady improvement, the team also began to improve. Now, in her senior year as a multi year Co-Captain, Ashlynn is leading a very competitive team that has placed in the top three of every race this season.

Emilyanne Lohrey, TMHS (3rd year) -

Emilyanne has made huge gains over her three years with us. An indicator of this improvement is her dropping whopping 30 places and close to 6 minutes from her Ketchikan Invitational data three years ago! She now believes that she can compete at this level, and has also worked her way into our varsity 7 consistently this year. She was fourth on our team this past weekend. Every time Emilyanne breaks her personal record (which is happening a lot this year), the entire team shares in her joy!

Tal Norvell, JDHS (4th year) -

Tal’s four-year commitment shows that running is one of those sports that you “get out what you put in.” Tal’s one of our captains and he’s a fierce competitor and a strong team leader. His first XC race in Sitka he ran a 17:58 (2009), and this season he pounded the course in 16:45, en route to his recent 16:25 PR in KTN last weekend. He credits his ongoing improvement to mentorship by JDHS standouts including Andre’ Bunton, Robin Woodby, Zach Bursell, David Francis and Jesse MIller. Tal’s highlights include placing 5th at the Palmer Invite this year, and he fought hard last year for an outstanding 10th place at the State meet. Tal has enjoyed getting to know new friends through running as they all get better at the sport.

Lillian Pothier, JDHS (4th year on team) -

Lily is a committed competitor for four years... she was a standout Frosh runner and made the Varsity squad for state. In addition to continuing as Varsity her sophomore year, she also won the Region V 400 meters. Her season ended prematurely last year due to an ankle injury. She’s pretty hungry to get back out there, as her results have shown this year, and she’s also an inspirational leader to our young girl’s team. Her impact will be felt for years to come here at JD.

Stephen Ringle, TMHS (2nd year) -

Stephen is an accomplished soccer player. He likes to run with us to cross train and condition for soccer, which is played in the spring. However, cross country has become more than just cross training for Stephen, as he has come to enjoy his teammates and the competitive side of running. Meniscus surgery early in the season has set him back, but he has been coming on very strongly toward the end of the season. He was expected to push the competition during the Region Championship Meet this weekend but his injury will keep him out of the race.

James Steeves, TMHS (4th year) -

James started off as a kid who wanted to cross train for soccer. Running really wasn’t his thing. Soon, he realized his potential, and he quickly worked his way up to our top spot, where he landed the school record his junior year. James continues to improve each year, dropping his personal records steadily. He has shown great leadership abilities as a Co-Captain, and has consistently been one of the top runners in the Region these past few years.

Derec Steinman, TMHS (4th year) -

Derec was also in the original group that started our cross-country program four years ago. He has had different callings over the years, but has remained in touch, and competes with us when he can. Derec brings a great and positive energy to the team, and always amazes the coaches at how well he does based on how little we see him!

Tommy Thompson, JDHS (1st year) -

Tommy joined this year and has made steady improvements throughout the season. While his initial reason for joining the team was to participate with his friends and get in shape for soccer, he has become a contender for a top seven spot on our team, cracking the top seven for the first this past weekend in Ketchikan.

Ben Travers, TMHS (2nd year) -

While he is a second year senior with us here at Thunder Mountain, Ben joined us last year from Virginia, where he also ran cross-country. From when he joined TMHS, Ben has dropped his times consistently. Last year, he did not make the varsity 7 for the Region Meet. This year, he not only has qualified to run with our top 7, he is solidly our number 3 runner going in, and if he keeps it up, he will qualify for the State Championship Meet this year. Ben is a hard working, dedicated athlete, who is well respected by all who know him.


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