Mustang skiers come back on Saturday at CIC championships

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:04
  • Eagle River’s Helen Wilson speeds out of the start in Saturday’s classic relay. Wilson finished sixth overall on the day. (Photo by Michael Dinneen for the Star)
  • Chugiak’s Heidi Booher strides into the stadium last Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference championships at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. Booher led her teammates to a runner-up finish in the classic relay Saturay and was third overall in the race. (Photo for the Star by Michael Dinneen)
  • Chugiak’s Michael Earnhart double-poles his way through the classic relay last Saturday at the Cook Inlet Conference championships. Earnhart finished 10th overall after the two-day event. (Photo for the Star by Michael Dinneen)

The Chugiak boys and girls cross country ski teams recovered from a disappointing first day at regional competition at Kincaid Park to each finish second on the day in the classic relay event.

In the overall Cook Inlet Conference totals, the Mustangs finished third for the boys and fourth for the girls, while Eagle River’s teams placed sixth and fifth respectively.

Anchorage West swept the team and individual titles over both days.

The Mustang girls team charged to a second-place finish on Saturday with Heidi Booher in third place. Skiing with Booher (10th overall) were Adrianna Proffitt in fifth (sixth overall), Emma Nelson in eighth (eighth overall), and Breanna Day in 26th (28th overall).

The girls were in the lead Saturday for the first three legs of the relay until West skimeister Molly Gellert took the course, finishing with a 1.4 second margin of victory. In the two-day team total, Chugiak was just two seconds out of third and less than two minutes out of second.

Coach Autumn Person was pleased with their efforts.

“The girls did awesome,” she exclaimed.

Adriann Proffitt skied the third leg, only 8.6 seconds off the pace and felt the team worked very well together.

“Overall we worked really well as a team,” she said.

Person was equally pleased with the boys team, who held second position throughout the race. Max Beiergrohslein led the Chugiak boys’ efforts finishing fourth on Saturday and fourth overall behind skimeister Luke Jager of West, followed by Dennis Miles in 11th (15th overall), Michael Earnhart in 12th (10th overall) and Brian Wing in 14th (17th overall).

“It was a great performance on both sides for our A and B teams,” said Chugiak head coach Cody Priest, “especially after a disappointing Friday.”

Looking ahead two weeks to the state meet in Fairbanks Priest sounded hopeful after finishing less than 12 seconds out of the runner-up spot.

“We have a shot at second (place). There are some pretty great teams out there, but getting some kind of team award would be awesome,” he concluded.

Eagle River coach Liz Turner said, “As for my team’s performance, I was pleased with the results over the weekend. The team has improved a lot over last year in both technique and strength, and we had some strong performances. Many of the athletes on my team are young and have not had many opportunities to ski these more challenging trails (at Kincaid), so considering that they did very well.”

Helen Wilson led the Wolves girls team’s fifth-place classic relay finish with a sixth-place overall finish, followed by Emily Walsh in 18th, Claire Nelson in 23rd and Ashley Walsh in 34th.

Skiing the anchor leg for Wolves’ boys on Saturday was Nick Carl, who finished in 26th position overall, followed by Curtis Bay’s 50th place finish, Alex Carl in 55th and Carter Gladwill in 94th.

The state championships will take place Feb. 22-24 in Fairbanks.

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