Alden, Sleeper and Koch named all-state

14 years ago

PORTLAND — Three local individuals were named to the Maine Sunday Telegram All-State Cross Country team, which was announced Sunday.

Caribou boys coach Roy Alden was named Coach of the Year after leading the Vikings to the Class B title, the first for an Eastern Maine team, regardless of class, since 1998. Caribou won its first state championship since 1938 after defeating Falmouth, which went into the meet as the favorite.

Christian Sleeper, a senior for the Vikes, was named to the All-State squad after placing fourth in the B race held at Belfast with a time of 16 minutes, 36.94 seconds. He had the ninth fastest boys time in the state.

Washburn freshman Carsyn Koch earned a berth on the girls’ All-State team after winning the state Class C title by more than a minute with a time of 19:36. She also eased to the regional title the previous week for the Beavers, who were fielding a cross country team for the first time in seven years. She capped the season by finishing an impressive 45th, seventh among Maine runners, at the New England Championships held in Thetford, Vt. Nov. 13.