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.
Eagle River and Chugiak picked up Cook Inlet Conference victories Thursday in Anchorage.
At Begich Middle School, Eagle River swept the singles and girls doubles matches to earn a 6-3 win over Service.
Jillian Mullen and Mikayla Johnson won girls singles matches for the Wolves, Griffin Marson and Cam Witte won boys singles matches and the doubles squads of Ella Bryner/Sarah Von Luhrte and Lila Wegener/Lily Singleton took the girls doubles matches.
Chugiak spiked Service Wednesday in a three-set Cook Inlet Conference volleyball match at CHS.
The Mustangs got more dominant as the match rolled along, winning 25-19, 25-12, 25-11.
Ellie Scherffius had a match-high 10 kills and five blocks for the Mustangs, who got 17 digs from Annika Schimmack, 14 assists from Layla Beam and 10 digs and a pair of aces from Reyna Moore, who had a seven-point serving streak. Ashley Hicks added 11 digs and seven kills for Chugiak, which also got five blocks from Shannon Luna and nine assists from Stephanie Stoltenberg.