Track athletes soar at Palmer Invite
Chugiak’s Brooklynn Gould swept the hurdles events Saturday to give the Mustangs a pair of individual victories at the Palmer Invite at a windy Machetanz Field in Palmer.
Gould, a sophomore, also ran a leg on Chugiak’s winning 800 meter relay team and placed second in the triple jump to South’s Addison Stevenson. Emma Nelson won the long jump for the Mustangs, who finished first in the team standings over South and West Valley. The Chugiak girls won two relays: Gould teamed up with Nelson, Reilly Hall and Alexus Babb to win the 800 meter relay, while Breanna Day, Adrianna Proffitt, KayLee Manwaring and Mazie Edwards won the 3,200 meter relay.
Gould’s hurdles wins came at the expense of Eagle River junior Morgan Bolin, who finished runner-up in both events for the fifth-place Wolves.
Birchwood Christian’s Andrea Rios clocked a personal-best 1:03.64 to place third in the girls’ 400 meters. Rios also placed seventh in the 800 and teamed up with Mariyah Becker, Addison Strzempka and Serena Becker to place seventh in the 800 meter relay.
Daniel Bausch continued his distance dominace for the Chugiak boys, who finished second in the team standings to East. Bausch won the 3,200 in a personal-best 9 minutes, 35.69 seconds, besting runner-up Blake Bennett of ACS by nearly 30 seconds. Bausch has won every high school race he’s entered this season and has posted the fastest 3,200 time, the second-fastest 1,600 time and the third-fastest 800 times in the state.
The Mustangs also picked up a win from Kenny Huffer in the discus and from the 3,200 meter relay team of Bausch, Hyrum Nelson, Jacob Lestina and Charlie Latimer.
Eagle River senior Mason Wadsworth won the 110 hurdles and finished second in the 300 hurdles for the Wolves, who finished eighth in the team standings.
The 21-team event was the final track meet of the regular season. Chugiak and Eagle River will compete in the eight-team Cook Inlet Conference meet May 18-19 at Dimond High.
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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the Chugiak girls' team finish.