Track athletes race through the snow at Dimond

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 13:52
  • Chugiak and Eagle River competed in a four-team track and field meet at a snowy Dimond Alumni Field on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak and Eagle River competed in a four-team track and field meet at a snowy Dimond Alumni Field on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak and Eagle River competed in a four-team track and field meet at a snowy Dimond Alumni Field on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak and Eagle River competed in a four-team track and field meet at a snowy Dimond Alumni Field on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Chugiak and Eagle River competed in a four-team track and field meet at a snowy Dimond Alumni Field on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

A little snow — ok, a lot of snow — couldn’t slow down local track and field athletes Wednesday at the first outdoor meet of the season.

Chugiak and Eagle River joined Dimond and West for the afternoon quad meet at Dimond Alumni Field. When the snow finally settled, several locals had first-places finishes to show for their chilly efforts.

Laura Ripp won the 400 meters for the second-place Eagle River girls, who also got wins from Emily Walsh in the 1600, Mackenzie Wilson in the 3200 and Avery Brown in the shot put. Paige Nelson won the triple jump for the fourth-place Chugiak girls.

Chugiak was not at full strength, with many of the team’s top athletes opting to travel to a meeet in Idaho this week.

Carter Gladwill won both the 400 and 800 meters for the third-plce Eagle River boys, who also got a win from Michael Olson in the 3200. Fourth-place Chugiak got wins from James Mathes in the 110 hurdles and from Caleb Lattier in the triple jump.

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