The Chugiak High cross country running program was well represented at the Equinox Marathon on Saturday, Sept. 16 in Fairbanks.

Former Mustang standout Kenny Brewer, 25, finished the grueling marathon in second place, while current Chugiak head cross country running and skiing coach Cody Priest, a 29-year-old who lives in Anchorage, finished third.

Chugiak earned a pair of swimming/diving wins Tuesday, Sept. 19 over Eagle River at the Chugiak Pool.

The Mustang girls won 107-63, while the Chugiak boys edged the Wolves 90-81.

Izzy Powers won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle for the Chugiak girls, who also got a double win from Addison Morgan in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke. Jeremy Petrie won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke for the Chugiak boys, while Dam Horning (50 free, 100 free) was a double winner for the Eagle River boys.

Mustangs, Wolves make a big splash

Chugiak finished tied for third at the 20-team West Spiketacular volleyball tournament Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16 at West High in Anchorage.

The Mustangs were one of two teams to go 8-0 in pool play to earn the top seed in Saturday’s Gold Bracket tournament. There, the Mustangs defeated West Valley 2-1 in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion West 2-0 in the semis.

Eagle River’s loss on the gridiron Saturday afternoon was insignificant compared to the tragic loss the team suffered away from the field.

Just hours before the afternoon game against Palmer, the Wolves learned one of their teammates had died Friday night. Head coach Bob Adkins said he couldn’t give specifics about the teen’s death or name the player due to school district privacy rules, but said his team was grief-stricken by the news.

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Homecoming weekend had mixed results for two local high school football coach.

Both Eagle River’s Bob Adkins and Chugiak’s Roger Spackman brought their teams to their own hometowns Sept. 8, with Adkins taking the Wolves to his former stomping grounds in the Interior and Spackman leading the Mustangs south to his childhood home in northern Utah.

As Chugiak lined up for its first offensive play in Friday night’s homecoming football game against Kenai Central, Mustangs assistant coach Wayde Snell had a premonition.

“Touchdown,” said Snell, a former standout CHS linebacker who coaches special teams for the Mustangs. “Touchdown.”

Hundreds of kids are expected to take to the trails Thursday, Sept. 28 for one of the biggest local running events of the fall.

Now in its 15th year, the Beach Lake Area Trails Cross Country Running Jamboree is a series of races for kids ages Kindergarten through sixth grade. Last year’s event attracted more than 700 runners to the trails at Birchwood ABC Elementary.

Runners went head-over-heels Saturday, Sept. 9 for what were likely the most festive cross country races of the high school season.

From post-race interviews with race winners to blaring rock music to a hay bale jump, the annual Skinny Raven New Balance 3K at Russian Jack Golf Course in Anchorage was a marked change of pace from the traditional 5-kilometer trail races that are the staple of the sport.

Michael Connelly is a climbing machine.

The 15-year-old from Chugiak climbed Alyeska’s North Face Trail 12 times Sunday to win the 10th Annual Alyeska Climbathon, a unique test of endurance in which climbers see how many times they can make the 2,000-foot ascent in a 10-hour day. Connelly tied the course record and beat his previous personal best by one lap.

Eagle River’s rugged terrain is a mountaineer’s paradise, so it’s perhaps no surprise some of Alaska’s top mountain runners hail from the community. However, even some of the winners in this year’s Alaska Mountain Runners Grand Prix series were a bit taken aback by their success.

“It was definitely more of a surprise,” said Eagle River’s Christopher Kirk, a 20-year-old personal trainer who won the men’s Grand Prix title this season.