By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Lindquist sprints to 2nd in Junior standings


Tommy Wells

Seward's Ruby Lindquist races across the finish line on Tuesday while competing in the Mount Marathon Junior division. Lindquist finished second in the final girls' standings with a time of 29 minutes and 32 seconds.

Luke Jager and Molly Gellert may have won the 2017 Mount Marathon Race's Junior division titles, but that didn't mean Seward''s Ruby Lindquist wasn't able to turn her fair share of heads at the state's premier mountain running event.

The Moose Pass resident sprinted her way to second in the girls' standings by legging out one of her better performances. The Seward High School standout completed the race in a time of 33 minutes and 55 seconds despite competing on a trail that had received several days of rain.

The damp trail didn't bother Lindquist too much. With her second-place finish, she netted her third straight top three finish in the past three seasons. She finished third in 2015 and 2016.

"It wasn't too bad," the SHS senior said. "We had to go on the side where it was more grassy and that made it a little harder but it wasn't bad."

Lindquist finished behind West Anchorage's Molly Gellert, who nailed down her third consecutive girls' title in the Junior division. She finished the race with a time of 32:43.

Fairbanks' Kendall Kramer finished third in the girls' standings with a time of 25:06.

In the boys' division, Jager finished his Junior career with a Mount Marathon hat trick. He won his third straight boys' championship with a time of 29:09.

Tommy Wells

Ruby Lindquist finished the 2017 Mount Marathon Race covered in mud.

"It is special to do it (win three in a row)," said the 17-year-old standout. "To be able to hold on the last little bit at the end was great."

Jager said the rain in Seward over the last few days forced him to start the race quickly. At the start, he sprinted out of the gate and built a large lead.

"My goal was to make as much time on the road as I could," he said. "I kind of thought it would be slower up there (on the mountain) so I took it out super-duper hot and tried to make as much time as I could."

The move worked to perfection. He edged out Palmer's Gavin Block by 23 seconds at the finish line. A rising 15-year-old, Block finished at 29:32.

Talkeetna's 12-year-old Ali Papillon placed third in the boys' race with a time of 30 minutes.


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