PALMER — Through rain and shine, Chugiak’s track and field team kept piling up the points — and the records — Saturday at the state track and field championships at Machetanz Field.
The Mustangs won the Division I boys team title with depth and determination while the girls team broke two state relay records despite rapidly changing weather that featured bright sunshine in the morning followed by wind and rain in the afternoon.
Chugiak Daniel Bausch won the Division I boys 3,200 meters for the second straight year Friday on the opening day of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.
Bausch led wire-to-wire and was never challenged, winning in 9 minutes, 21.78 seconds. Teammate Hyrum Nelson finished second in 9:37.96.
“I’m very happy,” Bausch said after crossing the finish line.
The senior said he was equally happy for Nelson, who finished 10th last year.
Chugiak clinched a spot in the state baseball tournament and knocked its crosstown rivals out in the process Saturday with a 7-2 win over Eagle River in the Cook Inlet Conference playoffs at Mulcahy Stadium.
The win lifted the Mustangs to 7-1 and ensured the team will finish in the top two spots in the CIC. Eagle River fell to 4-4, meaning the Wolves could finish no higher than third in the standings despite having playoff games remaining Wednesday against West and Thursday against South. Both games are at 4:30 p.m. at Mulcahy Stadium.
Chugiak completed a first-place run through the brief Cook Inlet Conference baseball season with a 9-6 win over Eagle River Thursday at Bartlett High.
Austin Bull went 2-for-2 with an RBI for Chugiak, which scored eight runs in the first two innings to pull away. Trystan Costanios and Christian Cambridge each drove in two runs for the Mustangs, who got four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings of relief from pitcher Justin Nevells.
Orazio Ramos and Chase McGraw each had two RBIs for the Wolves.
Eagle River swept Chugiak on Senior Night Tuesday, getting a pair of valuable prep soccer wins in advance of crucial road trips to Fairbanks for both schools.
The Eagle River girl opened Tuesday’s doubleheader with a 2-0 shutout, and the boys followed with a 2-1 thriller in the nightcap to keep their hopes alive of playing at home in the upcoming state tournament.
Chugiak and Eagle River’s varsity baseball teams are on a collision course.
The first-place Mustangs and second-place Wolves will meet Thursday, May 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Bartlett High in the final game of the seven-game regular season for both teams. Through Monday, May 12, Chugiak was 5-0 (11-1 overall) in the Cook Inlet Conference and Eagle River was 4-1 in the CIC and 9-5 overall.
The games are the last contests before the end-of-season CIC round-robin tournament begins Saturday at Mulcahy Stadium. For an updated schedule, visit alaskalegion.com.
Chugiak stormed through the Blue and Gold Fastpitch Softball Tournament at the Albrecht Fields in Anchorage over the weekend, rallying from an opening-round loss with four straight wins to claim the tournament championship.
The Mustangs started with a 3-2 loss to South in Thursday’s tournament opener. On Friday, Chugiak bounced back with a 2-1 win over Homer, then posted a 12-0 victory over Wasilla in the opening round of bracket play Saturday.
Chugiak and Eagle River will square off in a crosstown soccer rivalry Tuesday at the Wolves’ Den on Yosemite Drive.
The girls will play at 5 p.m. with the boys game scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. Both games could have big implications for all four teams’ state playoff hopes. The top four teams in the Railbelt Conference qualify for state; as of Monday, the Chugiak boys (2-4-1) and Eagle River girls (1-5-1) held the Railbelt’s fourth playoff spot, with the Chugiak girls (0-5-2) in fifth and the Eagle River boys (0-6-1) in sixth.
Local soccer teams hosted Railbelt Conference rivals over the weekend with mixed results as the Eagle River girls and Chugiak boys each picked up wins and every local team came away with at least a point.
In boys games, Chugiak went 1-1-1 in three home games, tying Wasilla on April 30, losing to West Valley on May 3 and defeating Lathrop on May 4. Eagle River went 0-2-1, falling at home to West Valley, on the road at Colony and tying Lathrop at home.