The Port Townsend High School (PTHS) cross-country team hosted the first of its two home meets on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at the Port Townsend Golf Course.
Head coach Alice Fraser extended “a huge thank you” to Gabe Tonan and his staff for opening their facility every season for PTHS’s home meets, since the venue features rolling hills over a two-loop 5K course.
PT competed against Port Angeles and Bremerton, both 2A schools, and split the victories, with the PT varsity boys prevailing over Port Angeles and Bremerton, and the Port Angeles girls taking the team title.
The JV boys competed at 4 p.m., with PT senior Jesus Duran winning the race in 19:44. The next PT runners were sophomore Silas DeWyse, coming in fifth overall at 20:51, and freshman Skyler Zabransky, coming in sixth at 20:55. The PT JV boys team took second to Port Angeles by three points, while Bremerton did not have a complete scoring team.
The PT girls also took second to Port Angeles in team competition, with senior Ally Bradley running what Fraser deemed “a remarkable race” to place fifth overall at 22:16. Senior Aliyah Parson was 10th at 24:21, and sophomore Rachel Matthes rounded out PT’s top three in 11th at 24:53.
The PT varsity boys took the team competition, beating Port Angeles by one point and Bremerton by 40 points. PT junior Gabe Petrick and sophomore Nathan Cantrell took first and second in a hand-holding tie, with personal record times of 17:53. Sophomore Seamus Fraser was the third Port Townsend varsity runner, also achieving a personal record of 18:37, and placing fifth overall.
“Most of both the PT JV and varsity boys ran personal record times, so the first regular season meet was highly successful,” Fraser said.
The next meet for PT is Wednesday, Sept. 27, again at the home course, against Sequim and Olympic. JV boys run at 4 p.m., all girls at 4:30 p.m., and varsity boys at 5 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 30, the team is set to travel to the Twilight Invitational in Marysville, which boasts light towers and glow-in-the-dark arches for the varsity boys’ race at 7 p.m.