MLMS, Gruening wrap ski season
Gruening seventh-grader Jack Paskievitch reaches the top of a hill during the ASD Middle School Nordic Skiing Championships on Feb. 22 at Kincaid Park.
STAR PHOTO BY MATT TUNSETH
Mirror Lake eighth-grader Roan Hall turned in the top individual performance at the Anchorage School District’s Middle School Nordic Skiing Championships on Feb. 22 and 24 at Kincaid Park.
Hall, who also skis for Alaska Nordic Racing and is a member of Team Alaska at the 2012 Arctic Winter Games, finished second among eighth-grade boys in the individual freestyle race on Feb. 22. Mears’ Evan Hagan won the 2.9-kilometer race in 10 minutes, 38.9 seconds to beat Hall to the finish line by 4.8 seconds. Mirror Lake’s Gage Mercer was 16th in the race and teammate Ty Jordan placed 20th. Gruening’s Bradan Tobin was the Colts’ top skier in 22nd.
In the eighth-grade girls race, MLMS’s Sara Hartke was the top local finisher in ninth, while teammate Annie Connelly finished 13th.
Several seventh-grade girls shined individually, with Mirror Lake’s Olivia Mueller placing fifth in the 6th/7th girls race, one spot in front of Gruening’s Kate Paskievitch. MLMS seventh grader Carly Dennis finished eighth.
In the 6th/7th boys race, Mirror Lake’s Brian Wing — just a sixth-grader — finished fourth to lead local finishers. Gruening seventh-grader Jack Paskievitch was the top Colts skier in 24th.
The day’s lone individual local win was turned in during the girls 6th/7th junior varsity race, where Mirror Lake sixth-grader Paris Williams skied to a 10-second win.
In mixed relay races held Feb. 24, Mirror Lake’s top eight-grade team was fourth, while Gruening’s best team of eighth-graders finished 18th. The top MLMS 6th/7th graders were fifth in their race and Gruening’s top team finished 15th.
Complete results are available online at www.anchoragenordicskiing.com.