Uriah Lucas runs ahead of the competition in the Juneau meet, Sept. 25. He finished in 6th place out of 94 runners with a time of 17 min. 28 seconds. (Photo by Sören Tjomsland)

Petersburg cross country teams competed in their last regular meet of the season last weekend in Juneau. This weekend, they’re heading to Ketchikan to race in the regional meet there.

In Juneau, over two hundred runners competed in separate varsity and junior varsity divisions. In the boys’ varsity, Petersburg’s team took fifth place behind Sitka, Juneau-Douglas, Haines, and Thunder Mountain. The Vikings beat out Ketchikan, Craig, Mt. Edgecumbe, Klawock and Metlakatla.

94 runners competed in the boys’ varsity race. Senior Uriah Lucas lead Petersburg finishing in 6th place overall with a time of 17 minutes 28 seconds. Senior Michael Durkin took 15th place at 17 minutes 54 seconds. Sophomore Breiland Willis finished 42nd at 19 minutes 14 seconds, senior Chase Lister took 48th place, sophomore Valon Weathers 54th, freshman Caleb Lutomski took 60th, sophomore Kieran Cabral finished 61st, junior Wyatt Litster took in 62nd, freshman Elias Ward took 67th, junior Malcolm Fry took 80th and freshman Isaac Litster took 88th.

Several Petersburg High School runners race through the trees in a Juneau meet, Sept. 25. (Photo by Sören Tjomsland)

There were 62 runners in the Petersburg girls’ varsity race. Sophomore Kinley Lister lead the Lady Vikings in 19th place overall with a time of 21 minutes, 46 seconds. Freshman Kate Thompson took 34th at 23 minutes, 52 seconds, junior Alexus Sakamoto Quezon finished 36th at 24 minutes 7 seconds, and Deirdre Toyomura took 49th at 27 minutes 26 seconds.

Up next for the Vikings cross country teams is the regional meet this weekend in Ketchikan. The regional meet will see who qualifies for the state meet, which is October 9th in Anchorage.

Even though Petersburg High School is operating in red, high risk status and students are attending school remotely, the runners are being tested twice a week and can still compete.

PHS junior, Deirdre Toyomura, took 49th place finishing in 27 minutes 26 seconds at the Juneau cross country meet, Sept. 25. (Photo by Sören Tjomsland)