PHS girls: Region V champs
Petersburg High School sends 15 athletes to state track competition
Vicki Mcintoch / Submitted Photo
The PHS girls track and field team pose with their 2014 Region V Championship trophy. Pictured left to right are Grace Weller, Fran Abbott, Emma Chase, Abigail Taylor, Kelsa Sperl, McKayla Newman, Kylie Wallace, Robyn Schwartz, Kayleigh Eddy, Mariah Taylor, Izabelle Ith, and Hannah Pfundt.
Fifteen Petersburg Vikings track athletes qualified for state at the regional meet in Sitka last weekend.
The girl's track team also won first place at the regional meet by more than 80 points.
"81 points would be basically eight first places ahead of the next team," head coach Brad Taylor said.
The boy's team placed second but only lost first by 3.5 points, a tiny margin compared to what was expected.
"When we did the math on Friday our boys looked like they were going to be 40 points down at the end of the meet," Taylor said.
To win the meet, the boys needed to place one event higher in everything to add points to their boards and take them away from competing teams.
"We needed 20 one place better finishes," Taylor said. "We came up with 19."
Despite the shortfall, the boy's 4x4 relay team improved their run time by 20 seconds.
"The boys ran out of their minds," Taylor said. "It was an unbelievable feat for our boys. It was huge."
Izabelle Ith qualified for state in four events.
Grace Weller qualified in the 1600-meter dash and set a new school record by two seconds. She qualified for two other events as well.
Kylie Wallace, Mariah Taylor, Hannah Pfundt, Robyn Schwartz, Emma Chase, Kayleigh Eddy and Fran Abbott also qualified for state.
Ben Zarlengo qualified for three events.
Alan Jensen, Billy Ware, Kyle Hagerman and Able Aulbach also qualified.
"These kids have shown such heart over the whole year. It worked out really well for us," Taylor said. "On paper we've got a pretty good shot at state. This is a young group. They're going to have to go up and put the blinders on and go to work."
The athletes will head to Anchorage to compete Friday and Saturday at Dimond High School.
Region V Track meet results:
Boys 400 Meters
2nd Senior Andrew Mathisen 56.31
Boys 800 Meters
2nd Junior River Quitsland 2:14.21
3rd Sophomore Tucker Hagerman 2:14.61
Boys 1600 Meters
2nd Sophomore Tucker Hagerman 5:06.09
3rd Junior Aaron Murph 5:06.52
Boys 3200 Meters
2nd Junior River Quitsland 10:52.33
Boys 110m Hurdles
1st Junior Ben Zarlengo 18.72
Boys 300m Hurdles
1st Junior Ben Zarlengo 45.25
Boys 4x100 Relay
3rd Petersburg 50.76
Boys 4x200 Relay
3rd Petersburg 1:48.28
Boys 4x400 Relay
2nd Petersburg 3:53.20
Boys 4x800 Relay
3rd Petersburg 9:12.47
Boys Shot Put
1st Junior Able Aulbach 39-07.00
3rd Junior Evan Marsh 38-01.00
1st Senior Alan Jensen 132-00
2nd Junior Ben Zarlengo 122-01
Boys High Jump
1st Junior Billy Ware 5-08.00
Boys Triple Jump
2nd Senior Andrew Mathisen 36-00.00
Girls 100 Meters
1st Freshman Izabelle Ith 12.92
Girls 200 Meters
3rd Freshman Emma Chase 29.11
Girls 400 Meters
2nd Freshman Kayleigh Eddy 1:08.37
3rd Senior Robyn Schwartz 1:09.30
Girls 800 Meters
2nd Sophomore Kyle Wallace 2:36.33
3rd Senior Grace Weller 2:43.87
Girls 1600 Meters
2nd Senior Grace Weller 5:38.32
Girls 3200 Meters
2nd Senior Grace Weller 12:22.03
3rd Fran Abbott 13:33.05
Girls 100m Hurdles
1st Freshman Izabelle Ith 16.62
Girls 300m Hurdles
2nd Senior Grace Weller 53.38
3rd Senior Abigail Taylor 55.56
Girls 4x100 Relay
2nd Petersburg 58.43
Girls 4x200 Relay
1st Petersburg 2:00.25
Girls 4x400 Relay
1st Petersburg 4:47.93
Girls 4x800 Relay
Petersburg's Fran Abbott, Robyn Schwartz and Hannah Pfundt celebrate their 3200 relay during Saturday's Region V Track & Field Championships at TMHS Field. Not pictured is teammate Kylie Wallace.
1st Petersburg 11:00.09
Girls High Jump
2nd Sophomore Kylie Wallace 4-04.00
Girls Long Jump
1st Freshman Izabelle Ith 16-00.75
Girls Triple Jump
1st Freshman Izabelle Ith 33-00.50