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By Tommy Wells
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Making a State-ment

Seahawk star claims 2nd at state XC meet


October 6, 2016 | View PDF

Gregory Lincoln

Seward's Hunter Kratz battles Galena's Jacob Moos for the lead during the Class 1-2-3A state cross country meet held Saturday in Anchorage. Kratz finished second in the final standings, giving him back-to-back state runner-up honors. As a team, the SHS boys finished fifth in the meet.

ANCHORAGE - Hunter Kratz went into the 2016 Class 1-2-3A State Cross Country Meet on Saturday morning at Bartlett High School in Anchorage as one of the most heralded runners in the state. And for good reason. He is among the state's best.

The Seward High School senior nailed down his second straight state runner-up finish by placing second in the individual race standings and helped power his team to a fifth-place finish in the boys' team standings.

"He ran an amazing race," said John Armstrong, a running enthusiast who stopped by the state meet while vacationing in Alaska. "That was a great race."

Kratz narrowly missed winning the state cross country championship. He broke away from the pack and took a lead over the final half of the race. Unfortunately, Galena's Jacob Moos managed to stage a late rally and passed him as they made their approach to the final hilly portion of the 5-kilometer course. Moos became the second Galena runner in the last three years to win the state title by sprinting to the finish line. Moos' final time was 15 minutes and 55 seconds - just 2 seconds faster than Kratz's mark of 15:57.

Anchorage Christian's Blake Bennett, who had ran with Moos and Kratz for much of the race, placed third at 16:02.

Gregory Lincoln

Seward's Hunter Kratz battles his way through a crowd of runners early in Saturday's Class 1-2-3A boys' state cross country race.

As a team, Seward had three runners finish in the top 55 of the 147-man field and easily secured fifth in the team standings. The Seahawks tallied 175 points and finished 35 points ahead of Western Alaska power Bethel. The Homer Mariners claimed their second team title in the past three years by edging out Sitka, 45 to 63, for the top spot in the team point totals. ACS scored 78 points and finished third, just ahead of Grace Christian (90) and Seward.

In addition to Kratz, the Seahawks also picked up strong performances from Zen Petrosius and Brendon McMurry. Petrosius was the second SHS runner to cross the finish line, taking 43rd overall with a time of 18:16.

McMurry placed 54th overall, completing the 3.1-mile race in a time of 18:36.

Jaden Van Dyke, Steven Osborn, Simon Estes and Roman Hamner also competed in the state meet for the Seahawks. Van Dyke finished 64th with a time of 18:54, while Osborn checked in at No. 88 with a run of 19:24. Estes and Hamner placed 99th and 100th, respectively, with times of 19:48.


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