Mustangs make history at CIC ski meet

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 19:57
  • Chugiak’s Michael Earnhart celebrates winning the freestyle relay race at the Cook Inlet Conference cross-country ski championships Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Kincaid Park. The Chugiak boys won the two-day event. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
  • Skimeister Adrianna Proffitt leads the pack off the start line during the freestyle relay race during the Cook Inlet Conference cross-country ski championships Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 at Kincaid Park. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

There was a stampede Saturday at Kincaid Park.

The Chugiak boys cross country ski team overpowered the field to win its first Cook Inlet Conference championship, while Mustangs junior Adrianna Proffitt claimed Chugiak’s fifth individual girls Skimeister title since 2009.

Proffitt was the class of the girls competition, winning Friday’s classic technique race and finishing just 0.8 second behind Eagle River’s Helen Wilson for Saturday’s top girls’ split time. Her two-day time was 8.9 seconds faster than Service’s Garvee Tobin and more than 40 seconds better than West’s Aubrey Leclair.

With the win, Proffitt joins fellow Mustang Skimeisters Alyson McPhetres (2009, 2010), Kinsey Loan (2011) and Sarissa Lammers (2014). Justin Singleton (2002) is the only Chugiak boy to win CIC Skimeister crown.

Wilson led a solid effort by the Eagle River girls, who finished third in Saturday’s relay and third overall. She teamed up with Elizabeth Ruehle, Claire Nelson and Emily Walsh to finish behind West and Service. The Eagles won the girls overall team title. The Chugiak girls were sixth overall and fifth in the relay.

Sophomore Michael Earnhart skied the day’s fastest relay leg to lead the Chugiak boys to victory in Saturday’s 4.9-kilometer relay event. Earnhart teamed up with junior Max Beiergrohslein, senior Torsten Renner and sophomore Konrad Renner to win the CIC relay for the first time.

The team relay time was combined with Friday’s classic technique times to compute overall team results. Individual Skimeister times were based on Saturday’s relay leg combined with skiers’ individual classic technique times from Friday.

Earnhart missed out on a Chugiak sweep of the individual titles by 30 seconds. The junior was 10 seconds faster than South’s Zanden McMullen Saturday, but McMullen’s 40-second advantage after the first day was too much to overcome as Earnhart settled for second in the Skimeister standings.

The Eagle River boys finished sixth overall. Nick Carl skied the team’s fastest relay leg Saturday.

The state ski meet will be held Feb. 21-23 in Fairbanks.

For more, inlcuding a photo gallery from Saturday’s races, visit the Anchorage Daily News.

For results, visit anchoragenordicski.com.

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