Wolfpack sends another runner up the hill to UAF

The West Valley Invite kickstarted the high school cross country season in the interior.
The West Valley Invite kickstarted the high school cross country season in the interior.(Jordan Rodenberger (KTVF))
Published: Feb. 19, 2022 at 10:59 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - West Valley High School has another cross-country runner headed to UAF as of Thursday the 17th. Koen House committed to UAF last night. This decision was quite easy for him to make.

Having parents who went to UAF, House had already heard plenty about the opportunities at the school. But beyond his parents, House already has familiar faces awaiting him on the team, as Jack Cater and Nolan Earnest both came from the Wolfpack program and for the women’s team Kendall Kramer and Naomi Bailey once dawned red and gold as well. This double legacy that House now joins was a strong factor in his decision. Along with that, House had grown a fondness of the campus, where he often runs for training and for fun.

Speaking of which, fun is what it’s all about for House he claims, citing it as the reason he runs, say the he doesn’t feel “obligated to.”

As for his parents, Mr. and Mrs. House both feel good about his choice, knowing the school and knowing that their son will be able to establish a strong foundation for himself there.

As for his mentor, Hannibal Grubis, the head coach for the cross-country team, says that House is ready for the transition, and he advised him to “just relax and enjoy it.”

We look forward to seeing House on the local trail next year now in blue and gold and we congratulate him on the commitment.

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