Led by a dominant performance by Emily Moore, Mirror Lake’s 6th/7th grade cross country running teams swept the Anchorage Middle School Cross Country Running Championships Wednesday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage.
Moore completed the 3-kilometer course in 16 minutes, 55 seconds to beat teammate Skyler Belmear by 46 seconds for the Coyote girls, who beat Goldenview by 10 points in the team standings. Goldenview’s Ella Atteberry was third.
Two days of dryland racing concluded on a drizzly Sunday at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association trails in Birchwood with the second day of the 2018 Alaska Dogworks Dryland Derby.
Human racers riding modified bikes and trikes — or on their own two feet — teamed up with their canine companions for the final dryland races of the season at the trails. Saturday’s conditions were dry, but Sunday’s rain meant most competitors finished their 1.8-mile laps around the course covered in a thick layer of mud.
“It is ‘dryland’ racing,” quipped racer Annie Grenier.
Chugiak seniors Jared Elison and Claire Mahoney netted a third-place finish in mixed doubles competition Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Tennis State Championships at the Alaska Club East in Anchorage.
Eagle River and Chugiak will play in do-or-die playoff games Saturday when the Mustangs travel to East for a Division I quarterfinal against the Thunderbirds at 2 p.m. and the Wolves head north to the Mat-Su for a 4 p.m. Division II semifinal showdown against Lathrop at Machetanz Field in Palmer.
Shelby Dunn had a team-high 14 kills to go along with 12 digs and five aces as Eagle River rolled to a 3-1 (25-12, 25-16, 17-25, 25-19) CIC volleyball win Tuesday over Bartlett at the Wolves’ Den in Eagle River.
Elizabeth Rheule had 38 assists and 13 digs for the Wolves, who got nine kills and five blocks from Kyla Trout.
With time running out in the Division I girls race at the state cross country meet at Bartlett, Eagle River’s Emily Walsh decided it was time to rise up. Literally.
“I just thought, ‘If I’m going to pass her it has to be now,” she said after sprinting past rival Ava Earl midway up the long, steep feature known as “Separation Hill” to earn a third-place finish Saturday at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Cross Country Running Championships.
Walsh said she knew if she passed her fellow sophomore with a strong move she might be able to hold onto the podium finish.
In 2015, Daniel Bausch was an unheralded freshman runner for West High watching from the infield as Chugiak’s Ty Jordan blazed to victory in the state cross country championships at Bartlett High. Three years later, Bausch was the one in blue and black atop the podium for the Mustangs.
“I feel like I’m completing a loop,” Bausch said after completing two of them faster than anyone else Saturday en route to a Division I boys state title at the ASAA/First National Bank Cross Country Running Championships at Bartlett High.
Eagle River and Chugiak each suffered lopsided losses in their final regular-season football games Friday and Saturday, but both teams’ seasons are still alive after both advanced to the state playoffs next weekend.
Despite falling 50-7 to nonconference South, the Wolves wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the Division II Northern Lights Conference thanks to a 72-24 Soldotna win Saturday over Kenai Central.