Chugiak girls claim third-place finish at state

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 11:40
  • Heidi Booher (at front) and Adrianna Proffitt (right behind) led Chugiak to a third place finish by going fifth and fourth, respectively, in the overall standings following two days of individual races at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski State Championships. (Photo by Todd Paris for the Star)
  • Brian Wing of Chugiak (32) matched his bib number with a 32nd place finish for the Mustangs in two individual races at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski State Championships in Fairbanks last Thursday and Friday. (Photo by Todd Paris for the Star)
  • Emma Nelson of Chugiak was one of three in the top 10 for the Lady Mustangs after she finished ninth overall in the two individual races at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski State Championships in Fairbanks. (Photo by Todd Paris for the Star)
  • Michael Earnhart led Chugiak's boys at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski State Championships with a ninth-place finish in the skimeister standings. (Photo by Todd Paris for the Star)
  • Max Beiergroslein rounds a turn during the 7,500-meter race last Friday in Fairbanks at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski State Championships. He finished 13th overall after two individual races. (Photo by Todd Paris for the Star)
  • Emily Walsh was the top finisher for boys or girls from Eagle River with a 22nd-place finish in the skimeister standings at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski State Championships. (Photo by Todd Paris for the Star)
  • Nearly a hundred girls take off in the 7,500-meter race at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski State Championships in Fairbanks last Friday. (Photo by Todd Paris for the Star)

The high school cross country skiing season wrapped last week in Fairbanks with local athletes from Chugiak filling up the top spots in the rankings as the girls took third and the boys fourth at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski State Championships.

Powerhouse West Anchorage once again swept both the boys and girls titles led by Cook Inlet Conference skimeisters Molly Gellert and Luke Jager.

Chugiak was led by Adrianna Proffitt, Heidi Booher and Emma Nelson, who finished fourth, fifth and ninth in the skimeister standings, respectively, after the 5,000- and 7,500-meter races last Thursday and Friday.

The top five for Chugiak rounded out with Breanna Day in 39th and Lindsey Gerlach in 58th.

The Lady Mustangs dodged disaster on Saturday in the relay, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. According to the paper, Chugiak was nearly disqualified after second leg Day was not in the exchange zone when she was tagging.

The ASAA jury spent several minutes discussing the situation and settled on a three-minute penalty added to Chugiak’s relay time, which knocked them down to sixth in the relay standings but did not impact the third-place finish overall. (The girls finished five minutes behind West Valley and four minutes ahead of Service in the team standings.)

Proffitt and Booher were particularly stellar over the three-day meet. Proffitt took fifth in the 5K and third in the 7.5K; Booher was second in the 7.5K, beating Gellert by 13 seconds, and ninth in the 5K.

Booher also skied the fastest first leg of the relay on Saturday.

The Mustangs were led by Michael Earnhart’s ninth-place finish in the skimeister standings followed by Max Beiergroslein in 13th and Miles Dennis in 14th. Renner Torston (30th) and Brian Wing (32nd) filled the rest of the top five skiers for Chugiak, who took fourth in the relay to close the meet on Saturday.

The Mustangs finished about 10 minutes out of West Valley in third and six minutes ahead of fifth-place Dimond.

The Eagle River girls took 10th overall paced by Emma Nelson’s 22nd in the skimeister standings. She was followed in the individual races by Claire Nelson (40th), Myah Smith (49th), Ashley Walsh (52nd) and Audrey Pettibone (65th)

Nick Carl led the Eagle River boys with a 33rd place finish in the individual races.

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