Nick Carl has been chasing Jacob Walsh his entire high school career. In the final race of the season, he finally caught him.
Carl broke the 2016 Eagle River grad’s two-year-old school record by two seconds Saturday, posting a time of 16 minutes, 24 seconds over five sun-splashed kilometers to place seventh in the Division I boys race at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Cross Country Running Championships at Bartlett High.
“It’s awesome,” said Wolves head coach Jacob Bera. “He’s had his eye on that all season.”
Chugiak turned a highly anticipated showdown into just another romp as the No. 1 ranked Mustangs galloped to a 44-25 win over No. 2 Colony to win the Railbelt Conference and complete an undefeated regular season.
“This feels amazing, especially on our home field,” said Chugiak’s Ramal Maad, who ran for 59 yards and two touchdowns as the Mustangs secured the top seed in the Division I state playoffs, which start a week from Friday.
The good news for South High freshman Ava Earl is Eagle River’s Emily Walsh continues to eat her dust. The bad news is Walsh is eating a lot more of it.
Walsh hung on the heels of her fellow frosh for all but the final few hundred meters, finishing 13 seconds behind the Wolverines’ star at the Region IV Cross Country Running Championships on a muddy — but not rainy — 5-kilometer layout at the Bartlett High trails.