SPORTS BRIEFS 1/19/12
Cherry 29th in Houston
Jesse Cherry, who graduated in 2005 from Chugiak High School, finished 29th out of 85 competitors at the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston, Texas on Jan. 14.
Meb Keflezighi won the race in a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and eight second. Cherry graduated from High Point University and now runs professionally for ZAP Fitness Reebok. He finished in 2:16:31.
Cherry won two individual state cross country running titles at Chugiak, and also helped the Mustang boys to a team title in 2002.
ER girls lose to Grace; Seward trip canceled
The Eagle River girls fell 41-34 at nonconference Grace Christian on Jan. 13. Dana Panfil and Lauren Frost each scored 11 points to lead the Wolves.
Both Eagle River’s boys and girls basketball teams had their road games at nonconference Seward on Jan. 14 canceled due to inclement weather and poor road conditions on the Seward Highway.
Mustangs, Wolves battle in Eagle River
Chugiak and Eagle River’s hoops squads played Wednesday night at the Wolves’ Den, but the games took place after the Star had already gone to press.
Coverage of the games can be found on our website, www.alaskastar.com or on our Facebook page. A recap of the rivals’ games will appear in next week’s Star.
Kornmuller wins Classic
Willow’s Bill Kornmuller was the top dog on both days of the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association’s Eagle River Classic to run away with his sixth Classic title on Sunday, Jan. 15 at the Beach Lake Trails.
Kornmuller won Day 1 by 41 seconds over Michale Tetzner and Day 2 by more than four minutes over second-place Shane Goosen. His overall time of 1:24:32 was four seconds faster than his winning time from last year and nearly six minutes better than second-place Nathan Sterling. Daryl Hollingsworth was third overall.
In the six-dog, eight-mile race, Kris Rasey and Kim Wells clocked identical times of 28:19 to tie for the title.