Jami Stone stands at the edge of the Bartlett High School diving board, her back turned away from the water, her arms raised out to the sides. She stands motionless, her entire body still.
On a night better suited for fishing for silvers or hunting ducks from under a blind, the Chugiak Mustangs proved the capable predator, stalking the Dimond Lynx methodically, en route to a 41-7 victory Friday at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.
The Alaska Mountain Runners recently held their end-of-the-season banquet, and six local runners received age group awards. Two also earned the much coveted “The Gamut” status.
Mustangs coach Roger Spackman said he was proud of the way his undersized team battled against a big Bartlett squad that features 18 players listed at 220 pounds or more.
Chugiak High freshman Brynn Kruchoski led the girls field in Friday afternoon’s dual 3K cross-country running meet held at the Beach Lake Ski Trails. Kruchoski’s time of 12 minutes, 31 seconds beat runner-up Sara Hartke, a Chugiak junior, by 5 seconds. Third place went to Chugiak’s Hannah Booher, also a junior.
Both local high school swimming and diving teams took part in three-way meets this past week with Chugiak squads besting both West and host Service, while Eagle River finished second at Dimond on Aug. 29.
Chugiak junior Ty Jordan pressed defending state champ Levi Thomet, of Kodiak, on a very challenging Tsalteshi 5K course Saturday in Soldotna.
While team scores were not posted following the Cook Inlet Conference’s season opener, the Big 8 Swimming and Diving meet, held last Saturday, no doubt area-wide coaches were keeping close tabulations of this year’s up-and-coming talent.
It was a cloudy Saturday afternoon and the Chugiak High School flag football team was furiously running across the field, fighting to score against the more dominant South team.