It’s a Steel Bucket switch for West and Dimond XC Running

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — A traveling trophy, moose on the trail, and a little rain didn’t stop the Dimond High boys and West High girls cross-country relay teams from claiming bragging rights Tuesday.

The Lynx boys used a big second leg from Santiago Prosser to take first place. Fred Rygh and Niko Latva-Kiskola would build on Prosser’s lead to claim the Steel Bucket for the first time in three years with a winning time of 28:27.5.

In the girls race, it was close from start to finish, but the Eagles ultimately prevailed. Payton Smith ran the first leg, followed by Natalie Hood, Ryann Dorris, and Lily Slatonbarker crossing the finish line in a time of 34:57 for the West Girls first win of the Steel Bucket in two years.

The Steel Bucket Relay dates back to the mid 1990s between the West and Dimond High School cross-country teams. The winner of the four by two kilometer relay race gets to paint the bucket in their school's color.

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