By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix Log 

Petrosius, SHS 4x400-relay team nail down state titles


Todd Brewer

Ruby Lindquist picked up a pair of silver medals this past weekend and teamed with Coral Petrosius to lead the Lady Sehawks to a fifth-place finish in the Class 3A division at the Alaska state track meet in Palmer.

The Seward High School boys' and girls' track and field teams both turned outstanding efforts this past weekend at the 2017 Class 3A Alaska State Track and Field Championships. The meet was held Friday and Saturday at Palmer High School.

Overall, Seward garnered six medals at the meet, including first-place finished by Coral Petrosius and the Seahawks' 4x400-meter relay team.

Petrosius teamed with Ruby Lindquist to lead the Seward girls' to fifth in the girls' team standings. The two combined to score 35 points in four events.

Petrosius racked up SHS's lone individual gold by winning the girls' high jump championship. She cleared 5-feet in the event and edged out Valdez's Kassandra Howard.

While Petrosius brought home a gold, Lindquist was Seward's most decorated athlete, collecting four overall. She finished second to Glennallen's Briahna Gerlach in both the 800- and 1,600-meter runs. In the 800, she finished with a time of 2:23.07, just 4 seconds off Gerlach's gold-medal pace.

Lindquist turned in a time of 5:18.68 in the 1,600.

Lindquist finshed off her individual outing with a fourth-place time in the 3,200-meter run. Gerlach won her third gold of the meet by posting a winning time of 11:07.42.

She also helped the 1,600-meter relay team turned in a time of 4:24.64 and finished at the state runners-up. Homer, the 2017 girls' Class 3A state champion, won the race at 4:23.79.

Trenten Freiberg, Zen Petrosius, Nik Pahno and Connor Spanos made sure the boys' team didn't come home empty-handed. The four teamed to win the 4x400-meter relay. Their time of 3:36.93 easily edged out Sitka, which took second at 3:41.03.

The Seahawks' 4x200-meter relay team also medaled, placing second with a time of 1:39.55. Nikiski won the race at 1:35.19.

Hunter Kratz capped his sensational senior season with a fourth-place finish in the 3,200-meter run.

Spanos was fourth in the 400.


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