An estimated 700 kids showed up Thursday for the Beach Lake Jamboree, an annual cross country running event that’s often the first race a child in Anchorage ever runs.

“Getting kids active and just bring the whole community together is the purpose,” said organizer Caela Nielsen of Ravenwood Elementary.

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.

Chugiak and Eagle River dropped Cook Inlet Conference flag football games on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

Service knocked off Eagle River 26-20 at the Wolves’ Den, while the Mustangs fell 25-6 at Dimond.

Eagle River hosts South on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. Chugiak’s next game is Friday, Sept. 29 at 5:30 p.m. against East at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

Chugiak overcame a big early deficit to run away with a lopsided Cook Inlet Conference volleyball win over Eagle River on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at Eagle River High.

The Mustangs trailed 10-4 in the first set before rallying to win 26-24, 25-15, 25-12 in front of a large, boisterous crowd at the Wolves’ Den.

Chugiak coach said she was happy with how her team settled into a rhythm after the early Wolves’ onslaught.

“They just started to slow down and follow the game plan,” Mason said.

Three Eagle River had a successful Kenai Peninsula road trip over the weekend.

Eagle River’s Sara Kennedy finished second in the women’s division of the Kenai River Marathon, a 26.2-mile race that makes a loop encompassing the Twin Cities of Kenai and Soldotna.

Joining Kennedy atop the leader boards Saturday were Eagle River’s Victoria Oxentenko, who was third in the half marathon, and Morgan Ekemo, who won the 5-kilometer race.

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.

Flashing brilliance from beginning to end, Chugiak remained undefeated with a dominant 42-6 Railbelt Conference football victory over Wasilla on an explosive night Veterans Memorial Field in Wasilla.

Now the real fireworks begin.

“We need to bring this energy into Colony,” said Chugiak’s Derryk Snell, who scored four touchdowns Saturday night to help spoil Wasilla’s homecoming.

Seconds after the final whistle, teams and fans were treated to an impressive fireworks display that lit up the cloudy skies above the stadium in downtown Wasilla.

Chugiak’s flag footbal team had a homecoming to remember Friday, Sept. 15 at Tom Huffer Sr. Stadium.

The Mustangs got six touchdown passes from Eva Palmer — three to Chasity Horn — en route to a 51-0 thumping of rival Eagle River.

Palmer opened the scoring with a touchdown pass to Taylor Rukes, then the Mustangs broke things open with a pair of Palmer-to-Horn strikes in the second.

Horn, Taylor Rukes and Jenny Labonte caught touchdown passes in the second half for the Mustangs, who capped the scoring with an interception return for a touchdown by Carson Head.

Mac Center to host Seawolves

The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves will open their 2017-18 college season in the friendly confines of Eagle River’s Harry J. McDonald Center.

The Seawolves will face Simon Fraser University on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. in an exhibition game at the Mac.

The game is hosted by the Mustang Hockey Association, with $10 general admission tickets available at the McDonald Center, Jitters, Eagle River Gun Cache and Odd Man Rush Brewing.

Beach Lake Jamboree set

Chugiak and Eagle River cross country teams will enter Saturday’s Region IV cross country running meet at Bartlett High with hopes of qualifying for state.

Both Chugiak coach Cody Priest and Eagle River coach Jacob Bera have said they hope to qualify both their boys’ and girls’ teams for the state meet, and this year’s results have shown the Wolves and Mustangs should likely have plenty of runners near the front of the pack.