Chugiak stays steady ahead of big meet
Chugiak’s Alex Loan nears the finish line during a meet against Seward and Bartlett on Sept. 16 at Bartlett. Cook Inlet Conference teams will race at Kincaid Park Saturday for the CIC championships, which begin at 11 a.m.
STAR PHOTO BY MIKE NESPER
Chugiak High isn’t changing a thing in preparation for Saturday’s Cook Inlet Conference meet at Kincaid Park.
The team will train like normal all this week, Mustangs head coach Tina McPhetres said following Chugiak’s meet with Bartlett and Seward on Friday, Sept. 16.
“They’re not peaked yet,” McPhetres said. “They’re very, very close.”
While performing well at the CIC meet is important, McPhetres wants her squad to shine Oct. 1 at the state meet.
“I want them to do great at regions, but even better at state,” she said.
Like the Friday, Sept. 16 meet, state will also be held at Bartlett’s trails.
Chugiak freshman Hali Young raced to victory with a time of 22 minutes, 5 seconds — six seconds ahead of fellow Mustang Sarissa Lammers in second.
“I was happy for her,” McPhetres said of Young. “She’s a good little runner.”
No more than a few feet separated the two Chugiak runners the entire race, Lammers said. When they neared the finish line, Young “took off,” Lammers said.
“I thought she was right on my tail,” Young said. “I didn’t want her to beat me.”
Lammers, a sophomore, said the two worked together.
“We paced each other,” she said.
Lammers also provided words of encouragement to her younger teammate during the race.
“I could tell when she tensed up,” Lammers said.
Naella Lundell placed fifth, Terra Holayter took sixth and Shannon Casey was ninth for the Mustangs.
On the boys side, Seward’s Miles Knotek cruised to victory in 16:47. Chugiak’s David McPhetres finished 33 seconds after Knotek in second. Places four through seven (Isaac Lammers, Tim Sorensen, Brady Sanders and Alex Loan) all went to Chugiak runners.
Chugiak didn’t scale back at Bartlett, Lammers said.
“We were pushing it hard,” she said. “We were going race pace.”
Finishing strong was stressed at last week’s practice, and the team showed improvement in that area at Bartlett, McPhetres said.
“It was cool to see them all sprint in,” she said. “We’ve been working on that all week at practice. They pushed it really hard at the end.”
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