Kendall, Bailey help UAF women’s XC squad seize historic win

August 31, 2021

Kendall Kramer

Kendall Kramer and Naomi Bailey of Fairbanks represent a new era for the University of Alaska Fairbanks women’s cross country team.

Never had the Nanooks defeated the University of Alaska Anchorage in a head-to-head meeting before Kramer and Bailey came along.

The dynamic duo placed first and third in the 5-K race on their home turf to propel the Nanooks past the Seawolves in the season opener for both teams.

Kramer and Bailey are both out of West Valley High and represent the last four Gatorade Alaska Cross Country Runners of the Year; Kramer won for the 2017-2018, 2018-1019, 2019-2020 seasons and Bailey in 2020-2021.

Naomi Bailey

This was the first college race for both runners.

Kendall clocked a winning time of 18:34 in the 5k race. Fordham pushed right behind, placing second with a time of 18:41 and Bailey followed behind in third with a time of 19:21.

UAF was named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Team of the Week and Kramer was picked as the GNAC Cross Country Women’s Athlete of the Week.

Kramer became the first Nanooks runner to earn GNAC Athlete of the Week honors since 2010.