By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Lindquist repeats at Frank D champion


September 14, 2017 | View PDF

Tommy Wells/Seward Phoenix LOG

Ruby Lindquist (right) runs in front of Homer's Autumn Daigle (center) and Alex Moseley during the early stages of the girls' 5-kilometer race on Saturday. Lindquist used a strong kick up the final uphill climb to notch the win.

Ruby Lindquist's legend grew even larger on Friday afternoon on a muddy trail. Despite a strong challenge from Homer's Autumn Daigle, she turned in a dominating effort in front of her home crowd on the final uphill climb and raced to the Frank Dieckgraeff Invitational championship.

With the victory, she managed to win her second Frank D title in as many years.

Lindquist's victory also enabled the Lady Seahawks to finish third in the meet, which was held in a light rain on the running trails behind the high school football field. Seward finished the meet with 48 points, just two behind Soldotna for second. Homer claimed the girls' team title with 28.

Lindquist's repeat win on her home course came with plenty of drama. Daigle managed to run shoulder-to-shoulder with her for much of the two laps. In fact, Lindquist and Daigle exited the trees and began the race's final climb in a heated battle for the lead.

Lindquist said she decided to test Daigle's energy level on the hill and powered her way into the climb.

"I was thinking about doing that but I didn't know if it was going to work," she said.

The move worked to perfection. A senior at SHS, she pulled away from Daigle on the climb and built a large lead by the time she rounded the final turn and began her descent to the finish line near goal line at Steinbrecher Field. By the time she finished the race, she had built a 13-second cushion over Daigle.

"It (the win) was harder than I expected," said Lindquist. "It is hard when you have a girl right next to you that has beaten you before. When we went into that hill, it was like, 'Oh, she beat me last year.' She (Daigle) went really strong and she helped push me the whole time."

Lindquist completed the 3.1-mile race as the only runner to crack the 20-minute mark. She finished with a time of 19 minutes and 53 seconds. Daigle checked in at 20:06.

Lindquist credited head coach Dan Marshall's decision to have the team train on hills the last week for enabling her to have the power to pull away.

Lindquist wasn't the only Seward runner turning in a sensational performance on the trail. Emma Moore legged out a top five effort of her own by sprinting to the finish line with a time of 21:20.

Moore's time helped her finish fourth overall – 28 seconds after Homer's Alex Moseley.

Kalista Rodriguez and Sophia Dow narrowly missed adding their names to the top 10. Rodriguez finished 12th in the girls' standings by recording a time of 24:28. Former Seward standout Tanis Lorring claimed 10th with a mark of 24:12.

Lorring moved to Soldotna during the summer.

Dow was 15th in the final standings with her time of 25:15.

Hanna Cooney rounded out the SHS scoring by finishing 16th. A winner in the junior varsity division last week, she turned in a time of 25:16.

Rebekah Christiansen also competed in the race for the Lady Seahawks, placing 20th at 30:14.

Frank Dieckgraeff Invitational

Held Friday, Sept. 8, in Seward

Final results

TEAM SCORES: 1. Homer, 28; 2. Soldotna, 46; 3. Seward, 48.

Individual five-kilometer results

1. Ruby Lindquist, Seward, 19:53; 2. Autumn Daigle, Homer, 20:06; 3. Alex Moseley, Homer, 20:52; 4. Emma Moore, Seward, 21:20; 5. Brooke Miller, Homer, 21:32; 6. Erika Arthur, Soldota, 22:22; 7. Sienna Carey, Homer, 22:31; 8. Cameron Blackwell, Soldota, 22:35; 9. Kellie Arthur, Soldota, 22:48; 10. Tanis Lorring, Soldota, 24:12; 11. Harmony Davidson, Homer, 24:14; 12. Kalista Rodriguez, Seward, 24:28; 13. Sophia Thomas, Soldota, 24:37; 14. Sonora Martin, Soldota, 24:55; 15. Sophia Dow, Seward, 25:15; 16. Hanna Cooney, Seward, 25:16; 17. Katie Delker, Soldota, 26:02; 18. Anahi Ochoa, Homer, 29:09; 19. Ellie Syth, Homer, 30:08; 20. Rebekah Christenson, Seward, 30:14.

Tommy Wells/Seward Phoenix LOG

Seward's Kalista Rodriguez runs toward the final uphill climb during Friday's Frank D Invitational meet. Rodriguez finished the race in 12th with a time of 24:28.


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