BCS enters first track season as part of ASAA

First-year Warrior squad mostly made of up freshmen


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Birchwood Christian School began its first track and field season as a Region II team under the Alaska School Activities Association April 13-14 at the Big “C” Relays at The Dome in Anchorage. 

The Warriors have 10 varsity athletes (nine boys and one girl), said head coach Craig Brumagin. 

Seven of the 10 are freshmen. 

“We have a really young team,” Brumagin said on April 14. “A lot of my kids had never touched a track before today.” 

The Warriors were able to move practice out of their gym two weeks ago, Brumagin said, and have been running on the bike path along the Old Glenn Highway in Chugiak. 

“We got outside last week finally,” he said. “Throwing in the grass, jumping in the snow.” 

Brumagin also has 12 sixth, seventh and eighth graders competing against Mat-Su Borough middle schools. All the youth on the varsity and middle school teams bodes well for the Warriors’ future, Brumagin said. 

“We can build them up for years,” he said.

For its first meet of the season, Birchwood performed well at the Big “C” Relays, Brumagin said. 

“I’m really proud of how they’re doing,” Brumagin said. “Nerves were the hardest thing to overcome.” 

BCS will run four meets this season — and a fifth should anyone make state. Brumagin said individual Warriors have a chance at qualifying in the 3,200- and 800-meter runs. 

Birchwood’s next scheduled meet is the Seward Invitational on Tuesday, May 1. 

Brumagin said his team is full of excitement. 

“It’s a fun team,” he said. “A lot of energy.”

 

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

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