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Race organizers for the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon might want to consider renaming the 5-kilometer portion of the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon races after Lee Jordan.

Jordan was briefly elected mayor of Chugiak-Eagle River during a failed secession movement from the Municipality of Anchorage in 1975, so honoring him would be fitting after Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch won the men’s 5K Saturday and Eagle River’s Morgan Ekemo was second in the women’s division and fourth overall.

Chugiak’s Emma Nelson has been named the Gatorade Alaska Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

Nelson, a dynamic 5-foot-11 leaper bound for Oregon State University, won the high jump, long jump and triple jump at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Division I Track and Field Meet in May. Nelson was named Athlete of the Meet at the championships — where she set a new state record in the high jump by clearing 5 feet, 9 inches — and her three state titles gave her six for her high school career.

The sky’s no limit for Chugiak’s Michael Connelly.

The 16-year-old mountain running phenom broke the 17-and-under age group record Sunday during his fifth-place run at the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb on Bird Ridge.

“I’m very excited,” said Connelly, who completed the 3,400-foot climb to the summit in 41 minutes, 40 seconds to place fifth overall.

Teams of racers began what some called “the worst game of tag ever” Friday on the shores of Mirror Lake, where runners embarked on a 175-mile trek expected to end sometime Saturday at Waterfront Park in Seward.

The second-annual Alaska Relay features teams of as many as 12 runners alternating legs along the route. The race winds south through Chugiak-Eagle River, Anchorage, Girdwood and onto the Kenai Peninsula. Racers travel in vans, leapfrogging each other as runners alternate running and resting over the course of the grueling event.

The American Legion baseball season is heating up, with teams now well into the 16-team league schedule.

Chugiak improved to 2-2 in the league and 3-4 overall with a split June 9 against Juneau in Juneau. In the opener, the Post 33 Mustangs fell 7-4 before rallying for a 5-1 win in the second game of the doubleheader. The teams also played a nonleague game Sunday, with Juneau taking the series finale 3-2.

Logan White celebrated his 20th birthday with a couple dozen of his new best friends.

“We’re all gelling really well,” said White, who ate birthday cake behind the Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks clubhouse, courtesy of his host family, Ed and Becca Banfield.

Chugiak High senior-to-be Daniel Bausch won a 1,600 meter showdown with Galena’s Jacob Moos at the Brian Young Invitational over the weekend in Kodiak.

The race was one of the marquee events of the post-season meet, which attracted athletes from across the state. In the team competition, the Cook Inlet Conference All-Stars won behind wins by Bausch and Emily Walsh, who recently completed her freshman season at Eagle River High.

Eagle River’s hopes of a first state softball title since 2006 were dashed Friday as Dimond and Wasilla handed the Wolves back-to-back losses at South Davis Park in Fairbanks.

The losses came after the Wolves opened the bracket portion of the tournament with a 10-6 win over West Valley.

Avery Brown gave up four runs on five hits in 5 ⅓ innings for the Wolves, who hammered 20 hits in the game. Leading the way was Serenity Argudin, who went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a trio of runs scored.

Despite seeing its hopes of a state baseball title crushed by Colony on May 31 in the opening round of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska High School Baseball Tournament, Chugiak rallied for back-to-back victories to close out the season at Mulcahy Stadium June 1-2.

Chugiak knocked off North Pole on Friday to advance to the tournament’s fourth-place game, where they clobbered Palmer 14-4 to claim fourth.

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.

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