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OLYMPIC TRIALS

Cherry 29th in Houston

Jesse Cherry, who graduated in 2005 from Chugiak High School, finished 29th out of 85 competitors at the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston, Texas on Jan. 14.

Meb Keflezighi won the race in a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and eight second. Cherry graduated from High Point University and now runs professionally for ZAP Fitness Reebok. He finished in 2:16:31.

Cherry won two individual state cross country running titles at Chugiak, and also helped the Mustang boys to a team title in 2002.

Chugiak-Eagle River girls hockey held the Mat-Su Ravens to just 12 total shots en route to a 3-0 win Jan. 14 at the McDonald Center. Arika Mercer earned the shutout in net.

Defenseman Morgan Elledge said skating to a 2-2 tie with the Ravens eight days earlier gave CER extra motivation.

“We really wanted to beat them today,” she said.

With Hannah Blizzard screening Ravens’ goaltender Lydia Phillips, Kiera Byman slipped a wrister in from the point in the second period after a scoreless first.

The 2011 Chugiak High football team will go down in history.

The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame selected the Mustangs for the first-ever Trajan Langdon Award for “displaying sportsmanship and integrity” after their season was cut short due to use of an ineligible player that forced the team to forfeit three wins and miss the state playoffs.

Jesse Cherry, who graduated in 2005 from Chugiak High School, finished 29th on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston, Texas.

Meb Keflezighi won the race in a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes and eight seconds. Cherry, who now runs professionally for ZAP Fitness Reebok, finished in 2:16:31.

The top three men's and women's finishers in the marathon qualify for the U.S. team that will compete in London this summer.

Officials on Saturday canceled the Nordic ski classic style races scheduled to be held at Chugiak High School due to frigid temperatures.

Temperatures at CHS around race time hovered near minus-10 Fahrenheit. The cut-off temperature for races in the Anchorage School District is -4.

The races, which were to include 7.5-kilometer girls classic interval and 10-kilometer boys classic interval, will not be rescheduled.

High school racers are off next weekend, although some competitive skiers will travel to Homer for Besh Cup races on Saturday, Jan. 21.

 

 The always-popular Businessperson’s Race will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Chugiak Dog Mushers Association’s Beach Lake trails off of South Birchwood Loop.

“It’s a tradition,” said CDMA president Val Jokela.

Jokela said the races have been going on for “easily 25” years.

The format is simple. Local businesspeople sign up and are teamed with local mushers, who donate their time and dogs to show the rookies the basics of running a dog team. The race itself is a 2-mile, 3-dog affair.

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