Petersburg sophomore Kendra Coonrad (center) won the gold medal among the 2A schools at the State cross country meet at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Petersburg sophomore Maya Cowan (left) took second place, and Jasmine Lake of Nenana took third. (Photo by Klas Stolpe/Sitka Sentinel)

Petersburg High School Cross country teams competed at the State meet in Bartlett High in Anchorage. The girls’ team took 5th place among 13 teams and the boys’ team took 9th place among 12 schools.

There were 135 girls racing for the 1, 2, and 3-A small schools.

Petersburg sophomore, Kendra Coonrad, led the girls’ team in 10th place with a time of 20 minutes 42 seconds. Following her eight seconds later in 11th place was sophomore Maia Cowan. Junior Melanie Chase took 38th place. Senior Eva Lenhard finished in 74th place. Sophomore Annie Christensen took 103rd place. Sophomores Leesa Murph and Lydia Martin finished in 116th and 117th respectively.

Senior Avery Skeek did not run as she was injured after Regionals.

There were 143 boys racing for the small schools division.

Petersburg senior, Tolin Eddy (left) took second place among 2A schools at the State Cross Country meet at Bartlett High School. Siyel George of Haines took first and Kirby Faverty took third. (Photo by Klas Stolpe/Sitka Sentinel)

For the Petersburg boys, Senior Tolin Eddy led the team in 29th place with a time of 18 minutes and seven seconds. Sophomore Brennan Skeek placed 54th. Freshman Chase Lister finished 72nd, Junior Kole Sperl took 78th, Senior Koren Sperl took 79th, Freshman Uriah Lucas finished in 90th place, and Sophomore Julian Cumps took 122nd place.

Tom Thompson is the head coach for the cross country team. He says the teams did well among intense competition.

Next year the State meet will be different. The larger 3A schools will not compete against the 1A and 2A teams. Petersburg will compete against the 1A and 2A schools only. The same goes for regional meets.

Petersburg senior, Koren Sperl, stays ahead of Galena’s John Riddle at the State cross country meet in Bartlett High School in Anchorage. Sperl finished in 79th place among 1, 2, 3A schools and Riddle took 80th. (Photo by Klas Stolpe/Sitka Sentinel)