Petersburg High School’s cross country teams opened up their 2016 season on the road under sunny skies in Ketchikan Saturday morning. The girls team took third overall, tops among the small schools, narrowly missing second place to Thunder Mountain by just one point.

PHS runner Kayleigh Eddy, #234, leads at the start of Saturday's race in Ketchikan. (Photo courtesy of Brad Taylor and PHS cross country)

PHS runner Kayleigh Eddy, #234, leads at the start of Saturday’s race in Ketchikan. (Photo courtesy of Brad Taylor and PHS cross country)

Kayleigh Eddy and Melanie Chase finished sixth and seventh, just one second apart. They were second and third among small school runners.
The boys team was sixth overall, third among small schools behind Sitka and Skagway. Nathaniel Lenhard was the top finisher for the Vikings, coming in 19th overall and ninth among small school runners. Daniel Holmberg and Tolin Eddy were 30th and 36th overall.

The Petersburg teams have been practicing since July 27. Joe Viechnicki spoke with coach Tommy Thompson and asked about any surprises from his team last weekend.
This weekend is the only chance to see the high school runners in action locally. The Jack Eddy Invitational is Saturday September 3 at Sandy Beach Park with the girls race at 9:30 and the boys race at 10:30. There’s also a community race at 8:30 that morning open to the public. And the teams will hold a fund raiser spaghetti dinner Friday night at 6 p.m. at the high school.