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Reed brings college team to island
by Derek Clarkston / sports@kodiakdailymirror.com
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Abby Reed
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Kodiak High School alumna Abby Reed is bringing her college cross country team to the island.

Messiah College, a private Christian college in south-central Pennsylvania, is conducting a five-day team camp beginning Friday.

The camp culminates with a pursuit 5K meet Tuesday at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park with Kodiak’s cross country team.

A pursuit race is when a runner predicts their time before the race. The winner is the one who finishes closest to the predicted time.

Reed, a 2008 Kodiak graduate, said she is looking forward to showing her home course and her summer training grounds to her college teammates.

“They are not used to quite the intensity of hills that Kodiak has,” she said.

During the five days, Reed has several things planned, including a hike up Pyramid Mountain, a kayak paddle to Woody Island and lots of trail runs.

“They are not used to trails,” she said.

Reed got the idea of bringing her college team to Kodiak from her coach. She said the coach did an Alaska trip more than a decade ago when a runner from the Kenai Peninsula was on the team.

“He kept telling me about it and I was like, ‘Why don’t you just do it again?’’’ Reed said.

The coach didn’t hesitate and gave Reed the green light to organize the trip. More than 30 people showed up for the first organizational meeting.

Twenty-three teammates and two coaches are making the trip. After their stay in Kodiak, they will spend a few days in Seward.

Reed, a senior, is entering her third season at Messiah College after running for George Fox University as a freshman.

Reed did not run last season due to an injury, but she did compete on Messiah’s track and field team.

She is one of only 10 high school girls to finish the Fort Abercrombie course in less than 20 minutes. Her time of 19:53 is fourth on Kodiak’s all-time Fort Abercrombie list.

Messiah is an NCAA Division III school that competes in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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