The Municipality of Anchorage’s weekly Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series will come to Chugiak Sept. 24 when the community cross country races are held on the trails at Beach Lake Park and Chugiak High.
Dimond’s Sonny Prosser and South’s Ava Earl won the Big 8 Invitational cross country races on Saturday, Sept. 21 at Kincaid Park.
Prosser set a new record on the 5-kilometer course in the varsity boys race, finishing in 15 minutes, 24 seconds to best Service’s Alexander Maurer by 16 seconds and break the 1993 course record set by his father, Miguel Gomez, by 10 seconds. Chugiak’s Hyrum Nelson finished third in 15:56.
Chugiak dropped a 21-7 Chugach Conference football game to the Juneau-Thunder Mountain Huskies on Friday, Sept. 20 at a soggy Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium in Chugiak.
The loss was the first of the season for the Mustangs, who fell to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference. Juneau improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
Juneau sophomore running back Gaby Soto was a tiny terror for the Huskies, running for a game-high 177 yards on 24 carries. The 5-foot-6 inch, 145-pound Soto had two touchdowns for Juneau, which bounced back from a 44-14 loss to West the previous week.
Eagle River’s J.T. Lindholm ran away from the field at a rainy REAL About Addiction Run/Walk for Recovery Sunday on the Chester Creek Trails in Anchorage. The 49-year-old completed the 5-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 6 seconds to beat defending champion Scott Clementson by six seconds. Eagle River’s Shawn Padilla was third.
Anchorage’s Kathy Jacobsen won the women’s division in 25:57. Eagle River’s Mitzi Williams (28:23) was the top local woman in sixth.
The top two cross country runners in Chugiak-Eagle River finished in the top two spots each Saturday in Anchorage.
Chugiak’s Hyrum Nelson lost a photo finish to Anchorage Christian’s Tristian Merchant on a picture-perfect day for cross country running Saturday at the New Balance XC Classic Races at Russian Jack Park in Anchorage, while Eagle River’s Emily Walsh was just five seconds off the pace set by girls champ Ava Earl of South.
“You’ve gotta make the impossible possible,” Connelly said after crushing the Alyeska Climbathon record Saturday by becoming the first person to complete 13 trips up the mountain’s North Face trail in less than 10 hours. “Nothing’s impossible — you can always do it.”
The win was Connelly’s third straight at an event he’s literally grown up with. But heading into Saturday’s race the 17-year-old mountain running prodigy from Eagle River said he told friends he didn’t think a lucky 13 was in the offing.
The Eagle River girls claimed a dual meet win over Service on Friday at Service High.
The Wolves got individual wins from McKenzie Fazio (200 yard freestyle, 100 butterfly), Ellie Mercer (50 free, 100 free), Kiara Borchardt (200 individual medley), Lindsay Drummond (diving) and Kara Johnson (500 freestyle) to claim a 93-81 victory. The Eagle River boys lost 105-60, but did get individual wins from Thomas Myers in the 50 freestyle and Jake Metzger (500 free) and Matthew Heaphy (100 breaststroke.
Chugiak senior Hyrum Nelson won the Division I boys race at the Palmer Invitational on Saturday at the Janecek Trails.
Nelson finished in 15 minutes, 18.96 seconds to clock the day’s fastest overall time on the 5-kilometer course. Service’s Alex Maurer was second in 15:26.28, with South’s Kaleb Beloy (16:23.48 in third. Tristian Merchant of ACS won the Division II boys race in 16:11.99.