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By Tommy Wells
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Kratz powers Seward to 6th at Frank D Invite


September 15, 2016 | View PDF

Hunter Kratz continued his domination of the cross country scene this past Friday by posting an easy win in the annual Frank D Invitational. He won his second race in as many weeks with a blistering effort on his home course.

Fresh off a first-place finish at the ACS Class Challenge the week before, Kratz turned up the tempo at home. He blazed his way over the 3.1-mile trail and finished in a time of 16 minutes and 48 seconds.

How impressive was his win? Consider this, the next closest runner, Anchorage Christian's Blake Bennett, finished 11 seconds after Kratz had stepped over the finish line. Wasilla's Hunter Hayes' third-place time was more than one-half minute slower that Kratz's winning mark.

Kratz wasn't the only SHS runner doing well in the varsity division. Case Estes, Zen Petrosius, Brendon McMurry and Roman Hamner all legged out top 50 finishes. Estes raced his way to 32nd overall with a time of 19:06. Petrosius and McMurry came in at No. 34 and No. 43 with times of 19:12 and 19:39, respectively.

Bjorn Nilsson and Sullivan Hauze also did well in the race. Nilsson was 56th overall, while Hauze was 68th.

Wasilla captured the team championship by scoring just 66 points. Soldotna finished second at 78, three fewer than Anchorage Christian.

The Seahawks were well represented in the junior varsity division, too. In all, 10 SHS athletes participated in the JV race and helped the Hawks place fifth as a team.

Jaden VanDyke highlighted the Seahawks' JV outing by finished 18th. His final time was 20:41.

Steven Osborn, Simon Estes and Egor Sturdy also competed well. Osburn placed 27th, while Estes and Sturdy checked in at No. 41 and No. 54, respectively. Teammates Justin McMurry (63rd), Isiah Bivins (67th), Brooks Berry (71st), John Moriarty (73rd), Joel Williams (89th), Karl Pfeiffenberger (101st) and Eli Davis (103rd) also completed the race.

Wasilla won the junior varsity team championship with 27 points. Seward finished with 142.


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