Chugiak boys eye return trip to state
There’s no doubt in Tina McPhetres mind that Chugiak will send a boys team to the state cross country running meet.
McPhetres said she’s fortunate to have a deep pool of talent and any five of her top nine boys would secure one of the Cook Inlet Conference’s four automatic team berths.
“I could race any of them and we would go to state,” she said.
Four of those likely to make state include Ty Jordan, Roan Hall, David McPhetres and Tim Sorensen. Jordan led the Mustangs to a one-two-three finish in a quad meet with Eagle River, Dimond and East on Friday, Sept. 20 at Beach Lake.
Chugiak’s boys (31 points) won the team title followed by Dimond (49), East (64) and Eagle River (86). The Lynx (45 points) won the girls title by four points over Eagle River (49) followed by East (54) in third and Chugiak (83) in fourth.
Jordan won the 5-kilometer race in 17 minutes, 7 seconds ahead of Hall in second and McPhetres in third. Sorensen placed ninth.
All four were part of last year’s team who made state and will look to repeat a top-four finish at the CIC championships Saturday, Sept. 28 at Kincaid Park. The top 15 individuals also earn automatic state berths.
Hannah Booher and Sara Hartke have a good chance to make state for Chugiak’s girls, coach McPhetres said. Hartke made state last year as a freshman.
Booher and Hartke finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at Beach Lake.
The CIC meet is the only race that determines who makes state, so everyone must come prepared, coach McPhetres said.
“Anything can happen at regions,” she said.
Summer Frazier led Eagle River with a seventh-place finish at the quad meet.
A pack of Wolves weren’t far behind. Peyton Young, Veronica Stewart, Kate Paskievitch and Kirsten Grismer finished in spots nine through 12.
That type of team running should benefit Eagle River at the CIC meet, head coach Jacob Bera said.
“Our girls and guys can be competitive,” he said.
Jacob Walsh (eighth place) and Gus Frankl (10th) led Eagle River’s boys.
Eagle River’s top female runner Nikki Boggs — who sat out last week’s race due to injury — could earn a top-15 spot if she’s healthy, Bera said. So could Frazier, he said.
“She’s been improving every week,” Bera said.
While he’d like to send as many kids to state as possible, Bera said his goal is to have his team finish the season strong.
“We’re just trying to focus on individual performance and having fun as a team,” he said.
Varsity races for the CIC meet start at 1:40 p.m. with the boys followed by the girls at 2:20 p.m. The awards ceremony is slated for 3 p.m.