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As racers made the transition from the darkness of the Chugiak High swimming pool into the bicycle transition area outside, most squinted as they were hit by a bright blast of sunlight.

The reactions could have been as much surprise as reflex.

“This race can be hit or miss, and this is definitely a hit for sure,” said Anchorage Triathlon Club president Andy Duenow.

Race co-director Missy Roberts said the sunny skies were far from the norm at an event that has a rainy reputation.

Chugiak saw its hopes of a state baseball title crushed by Colony Thursday in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament at Mulcahy Stadium in Anchorage.

Chugiak led the entire way, but Colony got a two-run double from Kolten Ketchum in the bottom of the seventh inning off reliever Christian Cambridge to break the Mustangs’ nine-game winning streak and send the team to the loser’s bracket.

With a nine-game winning streak and Cook Inlet Conference championship on their resume, the Chugiak Mustangs will be one of the favorites when the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament begins Thursday at Mulcahy Stadium.

With its star senior soaring to new heights, Chugiak’s track and field team again showed why it’s one of the state’s elite programs Friday and Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.

On the opening day of the meet, Chugiak senior Emma Nelson broke the state record in the high jump by more than two inches to pick up the first of three individual wins for the second-place Mustangs, who were going for a third consecutive state title but had to settle for the runner-up trophy behind South.

The most successful sports team in Eagle River High School is back in the state tournament for the first time in more than a decade.

The Wolves softball team knocked off defending state champion South on Thursday in the Cook Inlet Conference Tournament to earn one of the CIC’s four automatic berths at state for the first time since 2007. Senior Alina Cook pitched a complete game in the 2-1 win, which advanced the Wolves into a Saturday semifinal showdown against East. There, the T-birds were the better team, handing the Wolves and starter Avery Brown a 4-2 loss.

Chugiak senior Emma Nelson broke the state record in the high jump by more than two inches Friday on the first day of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.

Nelson cleared the bar at 5-feet, 9-inches on her second attempt to break the record of 5 feet, 6.5 inches set by Wasilla’s Ceil Dunleavy in 2016.

“I’m really excited,” the Oregon State-bound senior said after winning the event.

Eagle River advanced to the state high school softball tournament with a 2-1 win over defending state champion South on Thursday at the Cook Inlet Conference Softball Tournament at the Albrecht Fields in Anchorage.

Alina Cook pitched a complete game for the Wolves, who face East at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the tournament semifinals at Albrecht.

The win kept Eagle River undefeated in the tournament; the Wolves knocked off Chugiak 4-2 in Wednesday’s first-round match-up after the tournament start was delayed a day by rain.

Chugiak galloped into the state baseball tournament in dramatic fashion Saturday.

The Mustangs scored four runs in the 11th inning to knock off top-seeded South and clinch the Cook Inlet Conference title at Mulcahy Stadium.

The Mustangs used two walks and singles from Ian Frizelle, DJ Davis, Braden Shackelford and Jacob Kosinski to break things open in the top of the final inning, and Justin Nevells pitched a scoreless bottom half to secure the win.

Led by a statement performance by one of the state’s best long distance runners, the Chugiak boys track and field team did something it hasn’t done in a long time.

The Mustangs won the Cook Inlet Conference boys team title for the first time 1996, outrunning defending champion Bartlett behind a triple win from junior Daniel Bausch.

Local girls hockey players have a team to call their own. Now all they need is a name.

The Mustang Hockey Association is re-branding its revived girls hockey program with something more in keeping with the times.

“We wanted these players to stand out and have a distinct logo,” said MHA girls hockey coordinator Angela Unruh.

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