Runners at Saturday's Wasilla Invitational saw a gorgeous display of fall colors -- not to mention impressive displays from Wasilla's Jenna Ford and Grace Christian's Jacob Kirk.

Ford and Kirk, two of the state's top runners, established respectable course records on the new 5-kilometer trail at Crevasse Moraine Park, the site of Saturday's Region III championships.

Ford beat Kenny Lake's Kailey Wilson by almost 20 seconds, winning in 18 minutes, 49.5 seconds. Kirk enjoyed an even wider margin of victory, finishing in 16:08.2 to beat teammate Andrew Arnold by more than 50 seconds.

The pair also enjoyed team titles. Ford led the Wasilla girls past Grace Christian for the team title, 25-36, while Kirk helped Grace beat Wasilla 28-59 for the boys team title. Teams from seven schools competed.

Crevasse Moraine Park

5 kilometers

Boys

Team scores -- Grace Christian 28, Wasilla 59, Palmer 71, ACS 88, Valdez 115.

Individual finishers (top 25) -- 1) Jacob Kirk, Grace, 16:08.2; 2) Andrew Arnold, Grace, 16:59.6; 3) Matt Baker, ACS, 17:13.2; 4) John Weber, Grace, 17:25.6; 5) George Keeney, Valdez, 17:33.9; 6) Alden Lee, Wasilla, 17:34.4; 7) Pierz LaFrance, Palmer, 17:34.8; 8) Noah Ripley, Wasilla, 17:36.9; 9) John Klein, Grace, 17:37.9; 10) Mason Minturn, Palmer, 17:44.3; 11) Drew Ford, Wasilla, 17:47.4; 12) Joseph Dillon, Grace, 17:49.8; 13) Luke Charters, ACS, 17:51.1; 14) Wyatt Peltier, Palmer, 17:54.5; 15) Joshua Pahkala, Wasilla, 17:54.9; 16) Caleb Davis, Grace, 17:55.7; 17) Chris Osiensky, Palmer, 17:56.1; 18) Jordan Edwards, Grace, 17:57.9; 19) Keith Thompson, Wasilla, 18:07.6; 20) Jaron Christiansen, Wasilla, 18:14.1; 21) Matt Finn, ACS, 18:28.0; 22) Glacier Rohrer, Valdez, 18:30.2; 23) Joe Day, Palmer, 18:36.2; 24) Quinton Metcalf, Grace, 18:41.0; 25) Eric Johnson, Wasilla, 18:54.

Girls

Team scores -- Wasilla 25, Grace Christian 36, ACS 95, Valdez 97.

Individual finishers (top 25) -- 1) Jenna Ford, Wasilla, 18:49.5; 2) Kailey Wilson, Kenny Lake, 19:08.6; 3) Monae Boyles, Grace, 19:46.6; 4) Mandi Ringennberg, Wasilla, 19:47.7; 5) Mariah Applegate, Grace, 20:12.1; 6) BethAnne Davis, Grace, 20:41.1; 7) Brooke Nelson, Wasilla, 20:48.9; 8) Keri Clump, Wasilla, 20:50.5; 9) Morgan Dampier, Wasilla, 20:59.6; 10) Cori Schleich, Wasilla, 21:06.7; 11) Alison Kelley, Wasilla, 21:07.9; 12) Leisha Anderson, ACS, 21:32.9; 13) Caitlin Skvorc, Colony, 21:34.2; 14) Jessica Pahkala, Wasilla, 21:5.8; 15) Kassie Saiki, Wasilla, 21:52.1; 16) Makenzie Thompson, Colony, 21:53.5; 17) Anna Trujillo, Grace, 21:59.1; 18) Betsy Winkle, Grace, 22:06.9; 19) Blair Price, Grace, 22:10.1; 20) Alysha Devine, Wasilla, 22:10.5; 21) Claire Trujillo, Grace, 22:16.5; 22) Robyn Hall, Wasilla, 22:24.0; 23) Sarah Heer, Grace, 22:38.7; 24) Christina Johnson, Wasilla, 22:40.0; 25) Gretchen Winter, Palmer, 22:42.0.

Lane, Hennessy rule

Jani Lane of Service and Amelia Hennessy of Dimond captured the Cook Inlet Cup championships for regular-season running dominance, making them the runners to beat at next week's Cook Inlet Conference championships at Kincaid Park.

Lane scored 100 points to outdistance teammate Silas Talbot (89 points) for the boys title. The race for the girls title was much closer, with Hennessy scoring 80 points to shade Bartlett's Susan Bick by five points.

Lane and Talbot are among six Cougars in the top 15 of the boys standings and part of a lead pack that also includes Robert Walgren (fourth with 59 points). Service's depth and talent make the team not only one of the best in Alaska, but one of the best in the northwest United States. The Cougars are ranked eighth in a six-state region by the running

Cross Country Running

Final Cook Inlet Cup Standings 2009

Boys

  1. Jani Lane, Service, 100; 2) Silas Talbot, Service, 89; 3) Nathaniel Knapp, East, 66; 4) Robert Walgren, Service, 59; 5) Hans Roelle, West, 49; 6) Brandon Brewster, South, 45; 7) Nick Treinen, West, 43; 8) Carl Smith, South, 35; 9) Lucas Hepler, Service, 31; 10) Scott Wheeler, West, 29; 11) Dane Goodman, Service, 25; 12) Ben Wheatall, Service, 24; 13) Eric Zelenkov, Chugiak, 22; 14) tie, Mason Huffman, South, and Alex Babos, Chugiak, 19.

Girls

  1. Amelia Hennessy, Dimond, 80; 2) Susan Bick, Bartlett, 75; 3) Emma Minge, South, 73; 4) Jeanette Northey, Service, 53; 5) Rachel Roelle, West, 44; 6) Stephanie Kirk, South, 41; 7) tie, Tsaina Mahlen, South, and Merielle Vania, South, 37; 9) tie, Evdokia Hail, Eagle River, and Annie Liotta, West, 32; 11) Katie Culver, South, 29; 12) Katherine Lange, Chugiak 24; 13) tie, Alex Okeson, Service, and K. McPhetres, Chugiak, 21; 15) tie, Danielle Gerik, West, and Letitia Luch, West, 15.