Crimson Bear’s “Fearsome Threesome” shaped winning XC culture

L to R: Sadie Tuckwood, Anna Iverson, Katie McKenna

Anna Iverson, Katie McKenna and Sadie Tuckwood form an outstanding senior running trio whose dedication to running and their team has shaped and inspired their Juneau Douglas Yadaa.at Kalé teammates and coaches. Their cumulative years in cross country and track (22) have resulted in the girls winning the Alaska State Championship (2018), as well as capturing four years of Region V cross country titles. Since joining as freshman (Katie, a sophomore), the cross country combined girls and boys team has grown from 42 to 70 athletes, approximately 10% of the student body! This trio of 2019 Team Captains set the tone: their peers understand the sport is a place to improve, together, growing as competitors in a connected, supported community.

Individuals build powerful teams, and each of these young women improved and excelled throughout their tenure. Sadie set new records on every course in our Southeast Region, she posted one of the top five times on Alaska’s State course (18:16), she was awarded the Alaska Gatorade Cross Country runner of the year, and she is the only athlete (boy or girl) to reign for four years as Region V champ. Her top-five performances at the renowned Warner Pacific Invitational in Oregon (October 2018, 17:50) and Nike Hole in the Wall in Seattle (October 2019, 17:36), as well as winning the Steens Mountain Running Camp uphill 5k, firmly landed her as one of the fastest female runners in the Pacific Northwest and one of the greatest ever to run in Alaska. Anna Iverson logged impressive places and times on all Southeast courses. She ran a 19:11 in Ketchikan and last fall at the Region V meet, set a personal with a 19:10 performance. With two consecutive top fifteen finishes at the State Meet, Anna solidified her place as one of the state’s fastest runners during a time where Alaska has seen an unprecedented level of high caliber female runners. Katie joined as a sophomore and, with fierce dedication, united a fearsome threesome. Katie opened her sophomore year of cross country with a 23:02 effort, steadily improving until she dropped below 20:00 at the 2018 state meet with a top 20 finish.

Katie graduates as one of the valedictorians of her high school class and after four years distinguished by hard work will attend Williams College in Massachusetts, where she will run and study medicine and public policy. A National Honor Society member her junior and senior year, Anna will be studying nursing and running at Pacific Lutheran University. Sadie will be running for the D1 Gonzaga Bulldogs and is excited to be going to a university that will challenge her both academically and athletically.