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Vikings have muddy run to ninth place in State competition


Submitted by Jim Wolfe

Crisp blue skies in Anchorage made for lovely running conditions during the cross-country championship meet. Pictured above are Vikings runners Robyn Schwartz (center) and Nicole Peterson (right).

The Viking Cross-Country girls traveled to Anchorage for State competition last week and came home ninth place winners.

“It was a muddy fabulous race,” Head Coach Jo Ann Day said. “We woke up to snow on the ground, but it melted and turned into a beautiful day to run on the hilly Bartlett trails.”

Top Petersburg finisher for the season, Grace Weller, finished seventh in 3A with a time of 21:13.

“Grace had a great race,” Day said. “She has worked so hard this season and all summer. I’m really glad to see her hard work pay off by placing 11th in the state.”

Finishing 35th in 3A and 50th in State is Kylie Wallace with a time of 23:54 and Fran Abbott coming in close behind in 37th at 23:58.

“Fran and Kylie both had a great race together,” Day stated. “They ran side by side until the end, when Kylie pulled ahead of Fran for the first time all season. They both finished with smiles and will be the first to say the race was really fun.”

Nicole Peterson brought in 51st place with a time of 25:16, Stephanie Pfundt finished 54th at 25:31 and Robin Schwartz came in 59th with a time of 25:59.

“Nicole was able to become a scorer for our team this race,” Day said. “She ran well during regionals, learned to slow down her start, and finished well in Anchorage.”

According to Day, the girls are already setting goals for next year, continuing to run in the off season and looking forward for track season so they can compete again.

“Overall it was a fabulous season for the boys and the girls,” Day said. “The kids worked hard every day and continued to improve. I really appreciate the help and wisdom that Tom Thompson brought to the team. We’re both looking forward to seeing Petersburg Cross Country become stronger, faster and even more competitive.”


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