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Cross Country girls finish first in 3A at Wrangell meet


Tanya Somerville / Seaprints Photography

The Vikings boys team at the starting line in the center of the 129 other runners from across Southeast.

The PHS cross country team raced last Saturday in Wrangell. Beautiful weather brought out crowds of spectators and parents many of whom made the trip over from Petersburg for the competition.

This meet was the closest thing Petersburg will have to a home meet in this cross-country season.

“It’s tough not having a home meet,” said PHS head coach Jo Ann Day. “We really appreciate the support of parents and fans who made the boat trip over to Wrangell.”

This season feels like a quick one, with weather canceling the prior meet in Klawock and the Region V Cross Country Championships just two weeks away.

But according to Coach Day the team is taking every opportunity to train and grow.

“They are still pushing themselves every day and are really focused on doing well at Regionals in Sitka,” she said.

Highlights from this weekend’s meet in Wrangell for the boys team included Tucker Hagerman nearing his goal of a time under 19 minutes and Gus Petersen setting a personal record.

The girls team had a very impressive meet coming in 3rd overall behind Thunder Mountain and Juneau, and taking first place as a team in 3A.

“The girls are stirring up some conversation around the region. They are a speedy group,” Day said.

Newcomers to the team Kayleigh Eddy and Hannah Pfundt have been running especially well considering this is only their second meet ever.

The following is a list of times for Petersburg’s runners:

Girls, 76 total racers

Grace Weller 2nd for 3A, 5th overall 21.22

Robyn Schwartz 5th for 3A, 11th overall 22.11

Kayleigh Eddy 8th for 3A, 17th overall 22.41

Fran Abbott 12th for 3A, 23rd overall 23.22

Hannah Pfundt 19th for 3A, 32nd overall 23.53

Nicole Peterson 24th for 3A, 40th overall 24.40

Makayla Newman 26th for 3A, 42nd overall 24.44

Team 1st in 3A, 3rd overall

Boys, 129 total racers

Tanya Somerville / Seaprints Photography

Robyn Schwartz was the second fastest Petersburg girl, crossing the finish line in 22.11 minutes.

Tucker Hagerman 16th for 3A, 33rd overall 19.34

Cole Somerville 50th overall 20.09

Nathaniel Lenhard 62nd overall 20.50

Kyle Hagerman 69th overall 21.17

Gus Petersen 105th overall 23.25

Stuart Medalen 107th overall 23.41

Chauncy Sandhofer 125th overall, 26.20

Team 9th in 3A, 13th place overall

Next, the Vikings long distance runners will be traveling to Juneau for a meet this weekend.


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