The Gruening Colts won both boys divisions, with host Mears claiming both girls divisions in a tightly-contested Middle School Track and Field meet April 14. Deven Wesolowski won three races at the seventh-grade level, and Chase Perry won two eighth-grade events as the Colts showed superiority in the sprint events.
Chugiak senior Alise Arnold signed a national letter of intent to play softball at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University this fall. Arnold was surrounded by family and friends during the ceremony held in the Chugiak Library after school April 15. Members of her high school and club softball team were also present.
Members of the Chugiak High track and field team had the opportunity to compete in one of the most famed stadiums in the United States, Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, last weekend. Head coach Melissa Hall made the annual pilgrimage, bringing 18 athletes with her to the premier race in the country. In addition to the countless college and club teams, 66 high school teams took part. Chugiak placed 51st.
Eagle River and Chugiak High track and field teams had the opportunity to showcase their individual and collective talents during the two-day Big C Relays held at The Dome April 10-11. The Eagle River girls 1,600-meter relay team defended their state title from last year, nipping the better part of a second off last year’s championship time. The event, the meet’s last, found the Wolves in the lead from start to finish through the four relay legs, with second-place West nearly ten seconds behind. The winning foursome according to their rotation in the race was Nikole Boggs, Dreanna Owens, Emma Tvelia and Jordyn Bruce. Jordyn Bruce had been the team’s anchor last year, but she opted to compete in other events this meet.
The middle school track and field season started off with a bang as two of the better teams in the district, Mirror Lake and Gruening Middle Schools, met up at The Dome last Thursday. The Mirror Lake Coyotes won all four divisions, but not always by much, with only a four-point margin separating the younger-aged boys.
For the second week in a row, it has been a girls’ varsity team providing the solo victory among four games for the week. This week it was the Eagle River girls’ team doing the honors, reported head coach Laura Gardner. Sophomore center midfielder Jessie Scott scored three of the team’s goals, two in the first half, en route to the 4-1 lead at halftime.
With three weeks of practice already behind them, coaches for both Gruening and Mirror Lake Middle Schools are looking for good things from this season’s track and field teams. First-year head coach Ryan Landers, nine years in all, said the early thaw has allowed athletes to get outdoors and work on event-specific training.
Rather than playing second fiddle to upperclassmen, freshman and sophomore members on the Chugiak and Eagle River High track team had a chance for individual fame and glory during the two-day High School JV meet, held at The Dome Wednesday and Thursday.
The 2015 edition of the Stars Dance Studio’s two-day Cheer Workshop and Competition took place without a hitch, culminating in an extravaganza of talent held in the Steve Primis Auditorium at Chugiak High Saturday night.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — It’s 4 a.m. Much of the working world is still asleep, but not her. She’s getting ready to go to the gym. There’s something she wants more than sleep — she wants to be a boxing champion and is willing to outwork everyone else to become one.