Chugiak track sweeps ASD Spring Meet
Warners sets new Eagle River high jump record
Chugiak’s Curtis Bringhurst, right, passes the baton to teammate Chris Kveseth during the 4x200 relay at the ASD Spring Meet on Saturday, April 21 at Clark Middle School.
STAR PHOTO BY MIKE NESPER
Chugiak won seven individual events en route to a sweep of the Anchorage School District Spring Meet on April 19-21.
The girls racked up 168.5 points — 57.5 more than second-place South — and the boys (128 points) finished 13 points ahead of East in second.
Eagle River’s boys and girls both finished fourth in the meet, which featured six Cook Inlet Conference teams. Dimond and West held a separate dual and did not compete.
An all-nighter and stomach full of ice cream cake wasn’t enough to keep Eagle River junior Scout Warners from winning the 400-meter dash Saturday, April 21 at Clark Middle School. She edged out teammate Nikki Boggs in second and Chugiak’s Catherine Jorgensen in third.
Eagle River’s AFJROTC held a lock-in Friday, Warners said, where caffeine-fueled kids chowed down on junk food.
“We stayed up all night,” she said. “I’m dead.”
But, Warners said, the 400 is grueling no matter how well rested she is.
“That race kicks my butt every time,” she said.
Warners also took first in the high jump, setting a new school record of 5 feet, 1 inch.
“It was the first time I ever broke the five [foot] mark,” she said.
Chugiak senior Duncan Keith continued his strong season by winning both jumping events, while fellow Mustang Chris Kveseth took first in the 400-meter dash and 800.
Chugiak’s girls dominated the long jump, claiming the top four spots. Senior Alex Collins took first, followed by Rachel Gregg, Savannah Nelson and Alicia Reitz. Reitz won the triple jump, followed by Gregg in second.
Chugiak junior Roger Jorgensen took first in the high jump. Fellow Mustang Kenzie Matthis finished second in the 100 and 200.
Chugiak’s Tilly Cantor took first in shot put and second in discus.
Eagle River sophomore Ed Hall won the discus and took second in shot put.
Sierra Richardson turned in a second-place finish for the Wolves in the 3,200 meter run.
Chugiak’s girls’ 4x400 relay of Gregg, Sam Hartke, Victoria Bensel and Terra Holayter won in a time of 4 minutes, 29 seconds.
Eagle River’s boys’ 4x200 relay of Hall, Ricky Ayala, Stephen Wescott and Peter Kott took first in 1:36.14, beating Chugiak (Curtis Bringhurst, Kveseth, Dane Prince, Jacob Wenzl) by more than half a second. For full results, visit www.athletic.net.
Ayala — who won the 200 and placed second in the 400 — erased the Mustangs’ slight lead and won it for Eagle River in the final leg of the relay.
Once the baton was passed, Ayala said, adrenaline took over.
“The last 50 meters, you just got to push it out,” he said.
The Spring Meet was the first outdoor competition of the season. With temperatures in the high 40s and overcast skies, a slight breeze had tracksters bundled in hoodies and blankets at Clark.
“This is the first time I’ve worn socks at a meet,” Dane Prince said.
Despite the weather, Ayala said he was glad to be out of the indoor confines of The Dome.
“It’s a little chilly, but getting outside is always nice,” he said. “I like the outdoors better.”
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