More than a "Mini" effort

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 23:00
Chugiak girls win Mini-Meet B last weekend at The Dome
The Chugiak girls 400m relay claimed first place overall with a time of 53.15 second during the districtwide Mini B track meet held at The Dome March 29. Pictured from left are Hannah Babin, Cerina Bush, Paige Nelson and Vanessa Aniteye.

While the two-day Mini-Meet B was divided for convenience into field events Friday and running Saturday, if the two parts had been blended into one, the Lady Chugiak Mustangs would have been the top squad among nine schools taking part last weekend at The Dome.

The Mustangs rode out a tremendously large lead, a 19-point spread, provided by the field events, largely due to the 1-2-3 showing of Paige Nelson, Samantha Cooper and Kassidy Murfin in the triple jump and individual win by Kaitlyn Gallagher in discus.

Eagle River High’s top field performance was supplied by Ed Hall, placing second in the discus.

The Wolves displayed tremendous strength in running events Saturday, with the girls team placing second to West Anchorage.

Contributing largely to the totals was junior Nikki Boggs, second in the 800 meters, 4th in the 200m, and Jordyn Bruce winning the 300m hurdles. The pair teamed up with Micaela Brown and Allona Walker to win the 1,600m relay in 4 minutes, 19.55 seconds. The winning margin was the day’s largest, with West Anchorage second by 10 seconds, and Chugiak third in 4:31.59.

Wolves head coach Matt Turner was pleased with the team’s early season performance.

“We are super young this year – we have a lot of freshmen and sophomores on the team,” he said.

Even so, the squad’s success on the track deserved notice.

“For this early in the season, we are definitely going in the right direction,” Turner said.

Chugiak’s Ty Jordan won the boys’ 800m in 2:02.03, with the Mustangs 400m girls relay team of Vanessa Aniteye, Paige Nelson, Cerina Bush and Hannah Babin claiming first place in 53.15 seconds.

Chugiak coach Melissa Hall noted that athletes and spectators would be treated to the “Big C” Relays, held Friday and Saturday, at The Dome. Started in 2008, the state’s largest meet, with more than 1,100 athletes, consists of a host of unique events, such as “The Lord of the Rings” and mixed-length sprint and distance relays in addition to many of the more traditional offerings.

One of the events, the pentathlon, is an invite only event, with Chugiak junior Alicia Reitz selected. Hall said the Mustangs boys’ team won’t be represented after team members Tyler Rohde and Duncan Keith had won the event the prior two years.

Eagle River graduating senior Scout Warner won the girls’ pentathlon last year.

The “Big C” Relays is hosted by the Alaska Fellowship of Christian Athletes Chapter, along with Anchorage Christian School and Grace Christian School.

Every year a top national athlete is invited to participate. This year will feature Bridget Franek, who competed for Team USA in the 3000m Steeple Chase at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Action begins at 11 a.m. Friday and resumes Saturday at 9 a.m.

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