Chugiak boys shine at ASD 8x8 meet
Fueled by five first-place finishes, Chugiak’s boys cruised to victory at the ASD 8x8 meet Saturday, March 30 at The Dome.
The Mustangs’ 90 points put them 33 points ahead of Eagle River and Bartlett, who tied for second. Eagle River’s girls tied for second with West with 69 points apiece, just three behind first-place Service. Chugiak’s girls finished fifth as a team.
Senior Tyler Rohde won two individual events for Chugiak, taking first in the 200-meter dash and 110-meter hurdles. Rohde also placed second in the 300 hurdles and ran a leg of the Mustangs’ winning 4x200 relay, along with Chris Kveseth, Dillon Pratt and Sam Brownlee.
Kveseth won the 400 in 51.29, two and a half seconds ahead of West’s Kristopher Roylance in second. Kveseth also took second in the 800, finishing 1.29 seconds behind Thomas Dolan of Bartlett.
Running both the 400 and 800 is difficult, Kveseth said, because there’s little time to rest between events. After the first lap of the 800, fatigue set in for the Chugiak senior.
“Halfway through you can feel the 400,” Kveseth said. “Your body is shutting down.”
The Mustangs swept the high jump, with Payton Fullmer clearing 5 feet, 8 inches to win for the boys and Rachel Gregg winning the girls event with a leap of 4 feet, 8 inches.
Other top-three Chugiak place winners included Ty Jordan (third in boys 1,600), Sam Hartke (second in girls 1,600) and Malia McVee (third in girls shot put).
The Wolves had 10 top-three finishes and set two school records as both the boys and girls tied for second in team standings.
Senior Rydell Reinbold’s heave of 43 feet, 11 inches surpassed the former ERHS shot put record set by teammate Ed Hall last year by 9 ¼ inches. Reinbold, who finished second at the 8x8, said he and Hall push each other to improve.
“It’s good competition,” he said.
Entering the season healthy had led to personal records in shot put two weeks in a row, Reinbold said.
The girls 4x200 relay also broke a school record for Eagle River. Their time of 1:54.26 was good enough for second Saturday.
“I’m so excited,” said Shayna Wolery. “This is the first time I’ve ever run a 200.”
Wolery teamed up with fellow sophomore Nikki Boggs and seniors Samantha Brown and Elexa Walker in the record-setting run.
Boggs turned in the Wolves only first-place finish, winning the 400 in 1:02.61. Senior Scout Warners had a pair of second-place finishes in the 300 hurdles and 200, and Dreanna Owens took second in the 100 for the Wolves.
Eagle River junior Kate Mondl placed second in the 800.
Other top-three finishers for Eagle River included Peter Kott (third in 400), Brandon Parish (third in high jump) and the boys 4x200 relay (John Randall, Julian Davis, James Bernard and Alec Smith), who placed third.
The next meet is the Big “C” Relays, which will be held Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 at The Dome. Events are scheduled to run from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Rohde and Warners are participating in the invitation-only pentathlon, where six athletes compete in the high jump, shot put, 100, 800 and 300 hurdles.
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