The Petersburg High School girl's track team won the conference track meet division wide in Ketchikan last weekend-a feat the Petersburg girl's team hasn't accomplished in more than three decades.
Head coach Brad Taylor has been coaching since 1987 and knew this season would be a special one for the program.
"I've known for a couple years that this class, this freshman class coming in and with the seniors that we have, and the experience of those kids going to state for so many years, we knew the girls were going to have an amazing team," Taylor said. "I've been looking forward to this for a couple of years. This is a milestone in our program."
Taylor said his experienced seniors are mentoring the young and talented freshman athletes, a key factor in his team's success.
"The highlight, maybe even more than the results of the meet itself, is the quality of these kids," Taylor said. "They're just a pleasure to be around. They work so hard. I just couldn't be prouder of these kids."
Taylor said great weather conditions allowed his team the opportunity to practice on a real track-not like the 200-meter dirt track they practice on at home.
"It was a big deal for us to get on there and have those two extra days to work and build some confidence in what we were doing," Taylor said.
The girls 4x8 meter relay team set a new school record.
Kylie Wallace, Fran Abbott, Robyn Schwartz and Hannah Pfundt broke the school record for the 4x8 relay race by more than 6 seconds.
In her very first meet, freshman Emma Chase took first in the triple jump and the 4x200 relay.
Freshman Izabelle Ith won the open 100-meter dash and the long jump making her a top state contender.
The boys also performed well and placed third overall.
Billy Ware took first in the high jump.
"All the way across the board, I could not be happier for every single kid," Taylor said. "Every kid had a personal record this meet. It was just amazing."
Teams from Petersburg, Ketchikan, Thunder Mountain, Thorne Bay, Sitka and Juneau Douglas competed at the meet.
Petersburg heads back to Ketchikan next week and will compete in regionals the weekend after.
Girls Long Jump
1st Freshman Izabelle Ith %15-07.00
Girls Triple Jump
1st Freshman Emma Chase 29-07.00
Girls 3200 Meter Run
2nd Senior Grace Weller 12:07.00
Boys 3200 Meter Run
3rd Junior River Quitslund 10:49.00
Girls High Jump
3rd Sophomore Kylie Wallace 4-04.00
Boys High Jump
1st Junior Billy Ware 5-06.00
Boys Discus Throw
3rd Senior Alan Jensen 115-06
Girls 100 Meter Hurdles
2nd Freshman Izabelle Ith 16.37
3rd Freshman Kayleigh Eddy 18.53
Boys 110-Meter Hurdles
2nd Junior Ben Zarlengo 19.03
3rd Freshman Nathaniel Lenhard 19.40
Girls 100-Meter Dash
1st Freshman Izabelle Ith 13.22
Boys 400-Meter Dash
2nd Senior Andrew Mathisen 57.25
Girls 300-Meter Hurdles
2nd Senior Grace Weller 55.12
3rd Senior Abigail Taylor 55.81
Boys 300-Meter Hurdles
2nd Junior Ben Zarlengo 46.91
Girls 4x800-Meter Relay
1st Petersburg 10:54.00
Boys 4x800 Meter Relay
3rd Petersburg 9:20:59
Girls 4x200 Meter Relay
1st Petersburg 2:05.10
Boys 4x200 Meter Relay
3rd Petersburg 1:47.57
Girls 1600 Meter Run
3rd Senior Grace Weller 5:43.00
Boys 1600-Meter Run
3rd Sophomore Tucker Hagerman 5:02
Girls 4x100 Meter Relay
2nd Petersburg 58.43
Girls 4x400 Meter Relay
2nd Petersburg 4:45.44
Boys 4x400 Meter Relay
2nd Petersburg 4:10.32