After training most of the season in the rain, Cordova High School’s cross-country teams were greeted with sunshine at Regionals in Soldotna on Oct. 1. From left to right: Coach Jeff Hamberger, Levi Pearson, Tegan Hesse, Sadie Fry, Jacob Hamberger, Karl Griffith, Samuel Pulido and Calvin Fry. Photo courtesy Cordova High School.

After training all fall in rainy weather, the Cordova cross country teams finally had a chance to run in ideal weather.

The temperature was cold on the morning of Regionals in Soldotna on Saturday, Oct. 1, with frost on the windows of their team van and the sun up for the big competition.  

The first race of the day for Cordova was the girl’s Division III contest. Sadie Fry ran well and had a personal best time for this year of 23.50 and placed sixth in the region, qualifying for state competition. 

The second race of the day was the boy’s Division III race. The Cordova boys also ran well and all finished in the top ten for Region 2.

Tegan Hesse was Cordova’s first runner across the line for a fourth-place finish in the region. Cordova’s total team score was 20, garnering them first place, as the lowest score wins. The next closest team score was 39.  

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Dick Shellhorn is a lifelong Cordovan. He has been writing sports stories for the Cordova Times for over 50 years. In his Cordova Chronicles features, he writes about the history and characters of this Alaska town. Alaska Press Club awarded Shellhorn first place for Best Humor column in 2016 and 2020, and third place in 2017 and 2019. He also received second place for Best Editorial Commentary in 2019. Shellhorn has written two books about Alaska adventures: Time and Tide and Balls and Stripes. Reach him at