Mustangs march into CIC track meet on a high note after Palmer Relays sweep

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 10:40
  • Chugiak’s Will Gerlach, left, and Calvin Brady compete in the boys 3,200 meter run on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Palmer Relays at Palmer High School. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Eagle River’s Emily Walsh leads the pack during the start of the girls 3,200 meter run on Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Palmer Relays at Palmer High School. Walsh went on to win the race. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

News flash: Mustangs are fast.

Chugiak swept the Palmer Relays track and field meet Friday and Saturday, with the school’s loaded boys squad dominating the 20-team meet and the girls eking out a narrow victory over the meet hosts.

The Chugiak boys racked up 158 team points to double up second-place Colony (79). Anchorage Christian was third with 64 points and Eagle River finished eighth with 42.

In the girls competition, Chugiak scored 96 points to edge Palmer (90) and Eagle River (86).

Brooklynn Gould led a balanced Chugiak squad with a win in the 300 hurdles and a second-place finish in the 100 hurdles to Eagle River’s Morgan Bolin. Maria Peters finished third in both hurdles races for the Mustangs, who also got third-place finishes from Reilly Hall in the 400, Shaylee Griffin in the 100 and Breanna Day in the 1,600. Hall, Griffin, Gould and Ellie Scherffius also joined forces to win the 4X100 relay. Griffin also placed second in the long jump.

Emily Walsh won the 1,600 meters and finished second in the 3,200 for the third-place Wolves, who also got a win from the 4X800 relay team of Walsh, Claire Nelson, Mary Goodwin and Helen Wilson. Julia Szerszenski won the 5,000 for Eagle River and Nelson finished third in the 800.

Mariyah Becker finished fourth in the 400 and eighth in the 200 for 14th place Birchwood Christian, which got a pair of fifth-place finishes from Serena Becker in the 1,600 and 3,200.

Senior sprinter Jeremiah Wilson led the Chugiak charge with individual wins in both the 100 and 200 meters. Wilson also ran a leg on the school’s winning 4X100 meter relay. He was joined by teammate Logan Mathieu with two individual wins after the sophomore swept the 110 and 300 hurdles.

The Mustangs also got individual wins from Max Hartke — who narrowly defeated Colony’s Jake Waterhouse in the 800 — and Daniel Bausch, who won a three-man showdown in the 1,600 over with ACS star Tristan Merchant and Chugiak teammate Hyrum Nelson.

In the field events, Kenny Huffer was second in the discus and third in the shot to pace the Chugiak throwers and Jackson Wall finished second in the long jump to lead the leapers.

Eagle River’s Jacob Bradley notched a win at an unusual distance, claiming victory in the boys 5,000 meters. Bradley also placed third in the 3,200 for the Wolves, who got a second-place finish from Carter Gladwill in the 400. Gladwill and Bradley also teamed up with Micahel Olson and Colby Teller to win the 4X800 relay by more than six seconds over second-place Service.

Birchwood Christian’s Jackson Hanson was third in the 5,000 meters for the 15th place Warriors.

Chugiak and Eagle River will compete at the Cook Inlet Conference Championships on Friday and Saturday at Dimond High. Events begin at 10 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. For complete results, visit athletic.net.

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