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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

State's top runners to compete in Frank D Invite

 

September 7, 2017 | View PDF



Some of the state’s top high school cross-country runners will converge on Seward on Friday to compete in the annual Frank D Invitational. In all, more than 15 boys and girls teams are scheduled to participate.

The meet will get under way at 2 p.m. with the start of the junior varsity girls’ race. The JV boys will begin their run at 2:45 p.m. The high school girls’ and boys’ races will start at 3:30 p.m. and 4:45 p.m., respectively.

For Ruby Lindquist, the race will be an opportunity to win her home meet for a second straight year. Last September, she helped carry the Lady Seahawks to fourth in the girls’ varsity standings by blazing her way to a winning time of 19 minutes and 58 seconds.

Lindquist won’t be the only SHS runner looking to shine in front of the home crowd. Emma Moore, Tanis Lorring and Ally Chryss will be hoping to improve on last year’s efforts. Last season, Moore finished 21st overall with a time of 22:28. Lorring and Chryss were among seven Lady Seahawks to finish in the top 50 a year ago. Lorring took 32nd at 23:57, while Chryss placed 40th.

Newcomer Sophia Dow will get her first chance at the varsity level. She competed in the JV division last season.

All eyes will likely be on Anchorage Christian’s Blake Bennett in the boys’ race. The ACS standout has won several races this season, including this past weekend’s ACS Class Challenge. Bennett will be trying to rise to the top of the Frank D leaderboards for the first time. He finished second a year ago to former SHS standout Hunter Kratz,

Leading the Seahawks into the meet will be Zen Petrosius and Brendan McMurray. Petrosius, who has enjoyed a solid season thus far in 2017, placed 34th in the Frank D standings a year ago with a time of 19:12. McMurray was 43rd a year ago at 19:39.

Among the teams expected to participate in the meet are Homer, Nikolaevsk, Voznesenka, Soldotna, Anchorage Christian and Wasilla, which captured the top spot in the boys’ division last year.

 

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