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.
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.