Chugiak boys win first CIC track title since ‘96
Led by a statement performance by one of the state’s best long distance runners, the Chugiak boys track and field team did something it hasn’t done in a long time.
The Mustangs won the Cook Inlet Conference boys team title for the first time 1996, outrunning defending champion Bartlett behind a triple win from junior Daniel Bausch.
Bausch won the 3,200 meters in a state- and personal-best time of 9 minutes, 30.63 seconds on Friday, then doubled that feat by winning the 800 and 1,600 Saturday. His time in the 1,600 was a personal best and the state’s fastest this season, while his 800 time was also his best and ranks as the second-fastest in Alaska this season.
Multiple athletes scored points in multiple events for Chugiak, including sprinter Jeremiah Wilson, who was second in the 100 and 200; Hyrum Nelson, who was third in the 1,600 and 3,200; and Lincoln Oldham, who was fourth in both the triple jump and discus and fifth in the high jump.
Chugiak’s girls were nearly as impressive. Despite narrowly missing out on a sweep of the team titles, the second-place Mustangs had several stellar individual performances, led by a Brooklynn Gould hurdles sweep and a double win by Emma Nelson, who took the high jump and triple jump titles and placed second in the long jump. Nelson tried to break the CIC record of 5’7”, but fell short on her three attempts.
Eagle River freshman Emily Walsh equaled Bausch’s achievement, winning the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 in personal-best times. Walsh ran away from South freshman Ava Earn Friday to win the 3,200 by more than five seconds. On Saturday Walsh held off Earl by 0.8 seconds in the 1,600 and beat Earl and Dimond’s Kylie Judd by a little over a second in the 800. Through Saturday, Walsh had posted the state’s best 3,200 and 1,600 times and was second only to West Valley’s Bailey Roe in the 800.
Bausch and Walsh were named the meet’s Most Outstanding Athletes, while Chugiak head coach Melissa Hall took home the CIC’s Coach of the Year award.
Chugiak’s Adrianna Proffitt was third behind Walsh and Nelson in the 1,600 and 3,200 and sisth in the 800 for Chugiak, which also won the 4X200 meter relay.
Eagle River senior Mason Wadsworth had a standout weekend for the seventh-place Wolves, winning the high jump Friday and the 110 hurdles Saturday. Wadsworth also placed second in the 300 hurdles in a personal-best time.
Winners in each event automatically advance to the state meet next weekend in Palmer, as do the next fastest times from region meets around the state. State qualifiers were released Monday morning. For a complete list, visit asaa.org.
Birchwood boys second, girls third at Region II meet
The Birchwood Christian School girls placed second and the boys team was third Saturday at the Region II track and field meet at Su Valley High School in Talkeetna.
Juniors Andrea Rios and Serena Becker each won two individual events for the Warriors, with Rios taking the 200 and 400 meter titles and Becker winning the 1,600 and 3,200 races. Freshman Mariyah Becker won the 100 and placed second behind Rios in the 200.
For the BCS boys, senior Bjorn Peterson won the 400 and 800 meter races, with senior Tanner Reich second in the 800 and third in the 1,600.
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