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By Tommy Wellsy
Seward Phoenix Log 

Lindquist, Kratz claim wins at Region III meet


Ruby Lindquist and Hunter Kratz both turned in eye-opening performances this past weekend and helped the Seward High School girls’ and boys’ track and field teams shine at the Region III Track and Field Meet. The Seward girls, back by three first-place marks from Lindquist finished third in the Class 3A division standings. The SHS boys were fourth.

One of the state’s top runners, Lindquist left little doubt as to her dominance in the distance events. She swept the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter races en route to scoring 30 of the Lady Seahawks’ 100 points.

She kicked off her hat trick by claiming the 3,200-meter race with relative ease. She legged out a time of 11 minutes and 44.2 seconds and edged out Grace Christian’s Grace Gannon by more than 5 seconds.

Lindquist won the 1,600-meter race with a time of 5:14.62, and then finished off the outing with a first-place mark of 2:22.98 in the 800-meter race.

Coral Petrosius also walked away from the meet with a gold medal. The sophomore won the girls’ high jump competition with a leap of 5 feet. She also finished third in the discus with a throw of 92-5.

The Seward 1,600 and 800-meter relay teams also did extremely well at the meet, which was held Saturday at Homer High School. The SHS 800-meter squad combined for a run of 2:03.54 and finished third. The Seward 1,600-meter squad legged out a second-place effort with a time of 4:29.65.

The Homer girls won the 1,600-meter relay race en route to claiming the Class 3A team title with 198 points. Grace Christian finished second at 125.

Ally Chryss, Isabel Rodriguez, Kriziel Sarmiento and EmmaLee Moore also did well for SHS. Chryss finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in the 200-meter dash. Rodriguez was sixth in the 400, while Moore took sixth in the girls’ long jump.

Like Lindquist, Kratz was among the top athletes in the boys’ 3A division. And he proved it. The Chadron State University signee won the boys’ 800- and 1,600-meter races and finished second in the 3,200-meter competition.

In the 800, he posted a winning time of 2:00.15 and edged out ACS’ Ben Bennett by more than 2 seconds. SHS teammate Zen Petrosius added to the Seahawks’ point-totals in the 800 by taking sixth overall at 2:09.46.

Kratz also edged out Bennett for the top spot in the 1,600, checking in more than a second faster. Kratz turned in a time of 4:19.02 in the race, while Bennett completed the 4-lap event at 4:20.75.

Bennett managed to claim a gold in the 3,200. Kratz was second, more than 15 seconds off the pace.

Kratz was far from through in making trips to the top of the podium. He teamed with Trenten Frieberg, Petrosius and Nikolas Pahno to win the 1,600-meter relay/ The four turned in a time of 3:39.23 in the event.

Kratz wasn’t the only Seward runner to medal in the boys’ division. Sully Hauze, Trapper Allen, Connor Spanos and Eli Davis also collected precious medal.

Hauze, who was among 38 SHS seniors to graduate on May 23, highlighted a 2-3 finish by Seahawk runners in the 110-meter hurdles. He finished with a time of 18.46 seconds. Allen was third at 18.65.

Allen also collected a bronze medal in the 300-meter hurdles, finishing third overall at 45.63. Spanos was fifth in his other event, the 200-meter dash.

Davis placed third in the boys’ discus competition. He notched a throw of 125-2 in the event and finished one spot ahead of Petrosius, who finished at 123-9.

The Seward 800-meter relay team also medaled, placing third in their event at 1:38.42.


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