ANCHORAGE, Alaska — For the last several years, Dimond has had a tough time defeating West in the annual "Bucket Race" relay that awards a galvanized steel bucket to the winning relay team. Ironically, it was an Eagle who helped beat the Eagles.
Dimond anchor leg runner Kerrick Eagle held off a charge by West's Konnor Petersen to give the Lynx the boys bucket relay title by four seconds on Tuesday afternoon at Valley Of The Moon Park. Eagle crossed the line five seconds ahead of Petersen, as the Lynx won with a time of 33 minutes, 9 seconds. Eagle's personal leg was timed at eight minutes even, best among all finishers and one second faster than Petersen's time.
In the girls race, West led throughout and defeated Dimond by one minute, four seconds in 37:10. A pair of freshmen, Kayle Blackmore and Lydia Blanchet, ran the final two legs for the Eagles. Blanchet's 9:04 split was fastest among girls.