The Petersburg men's and women's cross-country teams put their running shoes to the road in Sitka for the first meet of the season Friday, Aug. 24. The women placed seventh overall out of nine teams beating Craig and Sitka and the men placed last in 10th place.
The Vikings took four boys and three girls to Totem Park.
“Sitka is a great introductory race,” Head Coach Jo Ann Day stated. “It was a smaller field of about 40 girls and 75 boys and Sitka has a fast course.”
Day explained that this was the first race for five out of the seven runners.
For the men, Tucker Hagerman placed 21st in 3A standings, 44th overall in a time of 20:41. Kjell Wittstock placed 26th and 59th overall with a time of 22:20. Kyler Hagerman placed 29th and 63rd overall with a time of 23:26 and Stuart Medalen placed 30th and 64th overall in a time of 23:48.
Petersburg had two girls place in the top 10 for the Vikings and sixth and 12th overall. Grace Weller placed second with a time of 20:56, Robyn Schwartz placed sixth with a time of 22:48 and Fran Abbott rounded out the girls time with 23:32.
“Wittstock really stepped up the pace from practice,” Day said. “He had a great race, knocking several minutes off of his practice times.”
K. Hagerman is a returning runner and is almost running his record time at the first race of the season.
“Weller is a strong new runner and a welcome member of the team,” Day said. “Schwartz had a strong race and is committed to improving her time every week.”
Day explained that Abbott is a new runner that stepped up her times from practice. “She will get more confident with every year.”
“Next week, Sept. 1 is our home race,” Day stated. “We'll probably have at least 14 runners and we'd love to have the community support us as they run on home turf.”
The race will begin and end at Sandy Beach with the girls running at 11: 30 a.m. and the boys at 12:15 p.m.
“I would like to take the time to welcome Tom Thompson as our new assistant coach,” Day said. “He's a welcome addition to the team, coming with tons of running experience and a great attitude.”