At this rate, the Chugiak track and field team may soon have to start paying royalties to Alicia Keys. Why?

These girls are on fire.

The Mustangs won their second straight Alaska girls Class 4A state track and field championship Saturday at Palmer’s Machetanz Field, outpacing West Valley behind a Most Outstanding Athlete performance from senior Ariana Davis and individual wins by junior Emma Nelson in the long jump and freshman Brooklynn Gould in the 300 hurdles.

High school softball came to a waterlogged end for Chugiak and Eagle River, who both were eliminated from the Cook Inlet Conference tournament on Thursday at a rainy Albrecht Fields in Anchorage.

Both teams were scheduled to play loser’s bracket games on Wednesday, but Mother Nature had other ideas, forcing Eagle River’s game against West and Chugiak’s against Bartlett to be pushed to Thursday.

The Wolves were the first local team eliminated Thursday, falling 8-7 to West despite getting a six-strikeout performance by pitcher Avery Brown.

Chugiak and Eagle River want to make the state softball tournament, they’ll have to do it the hard way.

Both the Mustangs and Wolves lost their opening-round games Tuesday at the Cook Inlet Conference tournament, falling into the loser’s bracket. On Tuesday, fourth seed Chugiak took a 4-0 lead into the fifth inning against No. 5 Service before surrendering 10 runs over the final three frames in a 10-5 loss at the Albrecht Fields in Anchorage. Abby Stewart went 2-for-4 to lead Chugiak, which was scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Albrecht.

Eagle River golfer Michael Oldenkamp finished fifth out of 10 players who entered the U.S. Open local qualifier on Wednesday, May 17 at Palmer Golf Course.

Oldenkamp shot a 77 to finish 10 shots behind winner Leon Horacio, a Chilean who now makes his home in Jupiter, Florida.

Horacio shot a bogey free round of 67 and was the only golfer in the field to shoot under par during the 18-hole qualifier. By winning the event, Horacio qualified to play in the sectional qualifier next month in Washington, where he’ll play for a spot in the U.S. Open.

Looking to bring home a couple fish this summer? The Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks want to talk to you.

The local Alaska Baseball League team is still in need of host families for the upcoming summer season. According to booster club president Bill Stoltze, the team could use a couple more families to take in players, who are college athletes from across the country.

Star staff report

Chugiak and Eagle River completed their Cook Inlet Conference baseball seasons on the outside of the state playoff picture.

The Wolves finished in the bottom four teams during the regular season and weren’t eligible for state, while the Mustangs fell 12-2 to South in the first round of the CIC postseason and were eliminated from a chance to reach the state title game for the third straight year.

Qualifiers to the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Track and Field Championships have been announced via the Alaska School Activities Association website. The defending state Class 4A champion Chugiak girls have 12 qualifiers, led by junior Emma Nelson, who qualified in four individual events. The Chugiak boys will send nine individuals to the meet, the Eagle River boys qualified five, and the Eagle River girls qualified three.

Birchwood Christian senior Collin Becker won the 400 meters and was named the Region II Athlete of the Year Saturday at the Region II Track and Field Championships at Su Valley High School in Talkeetna.

UPDATE (Tuesday, May 23): State track and field meet qualifiers have been posted. Click here to see which local athletes made the meet.

Original story:

With a pair of thoroughbreds leading the way, a determined Chugiak girls track and field team galloped away with the Region IV championship Saturday for the second straight year.

Eagle River’s Larry Daugherty will have to wait to become the first person to summit Mt. Everest and complete the Iditarod in the same year.

The Eagle River radiation oncologist was foiled in his attempt to reach the top of the 29,029-foot mountain on Wednesday when strong winds near the summit forced his team to turn back just 400 feet shy of their goal.