Chugiak boys ski to lead at CIC meet; Proffitt claims girls title for Mustang girls
Chugiak’s Adrianna Proffitt won an individual title and the Chugiak boys turned in a dominant team performance Friday on the opening day of the Cook Inlet Conference Cross Country Skiing Championships at Kincaid Park.
Proffitt completed the 7.5-kilometer classic technique race in 23 minutes, 45.3 seconds to outdistance Service’s Garvee Tobin by nine seconds. West’s Aubrey Leclair was third in 24:09.3 for the Eagles, who had the top girls team time of the day.
Chugiak’s Michael Earnhart placed second in the boys race, 40.5 seconds behind the time set by winner Zanden McMullen of South in the boys 10-kilometer interval start classic race. The Mustangs’ Max Beiergrohslein was fifth, Torsten Renner finished 10th, Konrad Renner was 11th and Michael Connelly placed 19th for the Mustangs, who finished the day with a nearly two-minute lead over South.
The meet concludes Saturday with freestyle relay races starting at 12:30 p.m.
Proffitt and Earnhart are two of the top junior Nordic skiers in the country, and both recently competed for the United States at the Scandinavian Cup in Estonia.
The Eagle River girls finished third on the first day of competition, paced by another world-class athlete in Helen Wilson, who finished ninth. Wilson recently returned from her third trip to the World Junior Biathlon Championships in Slovakia. Emily Walsh was 12th for the Wolves, Claire Nelson tied for 14th, Elizabeth Ruehle finished 24th and Laura Ripp was 31st.
Hannah Cryder placed 21st for the sixth-place Chugiak girls, followed by Kali Smedley (34th) and Reagan Blackley (36th).
Nick Carl placed 22nd to lead the Eagle River boys, who also finished Thursday in sixth place. Alex Carl was 28th, Curtis Bay finished 29th and Carter Gladwill was 35th.
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