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Eagle River rugby star Alev Kelter tabbed Alaska Athlete of the Week after shining for Team USA

by | Apr 9, 2024 | Athlete of the Week, Rugby

Alev Kelter is our Alaska Athlete of the Week after a standout performance for Team USA at the World Rugby Sevens Series stop in Hong Kong.

The Eagle River native proved she’s still one of the best players in the world over the weekend, outscoring Fiji and France by herself in the medal round to help Team USA advance to the finals and take home a silver medal.

She scored13 points in a 33-7 win over Fiji and then scoring seven points in a 19-5 victory over France.

At 33, Kelter has no signs of slowing down. She leads the team with 105 points in 32 matches this season, holding a 35-point advantage over 27-year-old Ilona Maher, a fellow former Olympian.

The Chugiak High graduate represents rugby royalty, a veteran of two Olympics and three World Cups while winning a Pan Am Games silver medal. She also owns 236 caps with the national team in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Her 975 points rank fifth all-time and No. 1 among Americans.

Also receiving votes:

  • Anna Dalton –The West High alum ran magnificently at the Laird Prosser Invitational Mile, clocking 4 minutes, 49.40 seconds. The time moves Dalton up to No. 4 among known Alaska performers.
  • Alliyah Fields – The Chugiak High student was unstoppable at the Russ Edwards Big C Relays, collecting four wins — two individual and two relays.
  • Drake Glover – The former Seawolf from Anchorage won the Southern Professional Hockey League’s goal-scoring crown on the final night of the regular season Saturday when he scored the game-tying goal for the Birmingham Bulls in the final minute of regulation.
  • Bryce Monrean and Camden Shasby – The Anchorage products, combined for seven assists over the weekend as the Anchorage Wolverines downed the Janesville (Wisc.) Jets by scores of 5-3 and 5-1.

The Alaska Athlete of the Week is selected by a panel each Monday

Have a candidate in mind? Email us your nomination: info@alaskasportshall.org.

 

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