Birchwood Christian track program growing

Warriors full of youth


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Two weeks ago, the Birchwood Christian School Warriors track and field team ran in a venue other than their own hallways for the first time this season.

“This is the first time we’ve touched the track,” head coach Craig Brumagin said at the Big “C” Relays, which was held Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 at The Dome. “We haven’t been outside yet.”

Birchwood has 13 tracksters (nine boys, four girls) on the high school squad, Brumagin said. That’s three more than last season, which marked the first time BCS fielded a Region II team under ASAA.

The team is made up of mostly underclassmen, Brumagin said.

“I don’t have a senior,” he said.

Despite their youth, Brumagin said, the Warriors look promising.

“They’re showing really well for being young,” he said.

With 19 on the junior high team, Brumagin said the future of Birchwood’s high school track team is bright.

“The junior high program exploded,” he said. “We have a lot of talent in it, too.”

Birchwood qualified one runner for state last season, and Brumagin is hoping to at least double that this year.

From what he saw at the Warriors’ first meet, Brumagin said BCS has a potential for a great year.

“We’re handling our own comparatively with all the schools,” he said.

Running against schools with 50 times as many high school students as BCS only benefits the Warriors, Brumagin said.

“This is one of my favorite meets,” he said. “The kids get the feel of competition.”

With a team full of athletes with great attitudes who follow directions, Brumagin expects a successful season.

“It’s good to have kids that like running and work hard,” he said. “They just run and run and run.”

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com.

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