Locals turn in top performances at Big C track meet
Chugiak’s Brooklynn Gould showed her all-around prowess by winning the Alaska Airlines Pentathlon Saturday at the Big C Relays at The Dome in Anchorage.
The junior finished first in four of the five individual events in the pentathlon, which includes a 100 meter sprint, 800 meter run, 300 meter hurdles, shut put and high jump. Gould won the 100, 800 and hurdles outright and tied for first in the shot put. Her only stumble came in the shot, where she was last out of six competitors.
Gould is the first Chugiak girl to win the pentathlon since it was first contested at the annual meet in 2016. Eagle River’s Scout Warners won in 2013. Chugiak boys have won the pentathlon three times, including Ty Jordan in 2016, Tyler Rohde in 2013 and Duncan Keith in 2012.
Eagle River’s Morgan Bolin also earned an individual victory Saturday by winning the girls 100 meter hurdles at the two-day meet, which attracted 33 schools from across the state and featured several guest appearances by national-class athletes including Boise State All-American Allie Ostrander, a Kenai Central grad.
Ostrander participated in the Laird Prosser Mile, an elite indoor mile that also featured Chugiak’s Daniel Bausch. Bausch completed the race in 4 minutes, 16.4 seconds, a personal best and just nine seconds off the pace set by winner Jordan Thiesen. Ostrander was the top woman in 4:41.03.
Other top performances by Chugiak-Eagle River girls included a second-place finish by Chugiak’s Skylar Scherffius, Shaylee Griffin, Katelyn DuBois and Maria Peters in the 4X400 meter relay’ and a second-place finish by Eagle River’s Madison Talton, Melody Musick, Emily Walsh and Claire Nelson in the sprint medley relay, which included two legs of 200 meters and one each of 400 and 800 meters.
Chugiak’s Breanna Day was third in the 3,200 meters and Eagle River’s Avery Brown finished fourth in the shot put and sixth in the discus. Birchwood Christian’s Mariyah Becker finished 15th out of 62 competitors in the 100 meter preliminaries and missed out on a semifinal berth by just 0.1 seconds.
In the boys competition, Chugiak’s Wyatt Rohde won the 110 hurdles for the Mustangs and finished fifth in the 300 hurdles, while teammate James Mathes was second in the 300 hurdles. Mathes and Rohde also teamed Austin Harr and Ezra Erickson to win the 4X100 meter relay — one of two relay victories for the Mustangs. Chugiak also won the distance medley relay, with Bausch joined by Jacob Lestina, Max Hartke and Hyrum Nelson to claim victory in an event that included legs of 1200, 400, 800 and 1600 meters.
Logan Mathieu finished second in the 110 hurdles for Chugiak, which also got a second-place finish from Jeremiah Wilson in the 100 meters.
Carter Gladwill had a big day for the Eagle River boys, with third-place finishes in both the 400 and 800 meters as well as legs on a pair of second-place relay teams. The senior teamed up with Curtis Bay, Deven Wesolowski and Colby Teller in the 4X400 event and with Teller, Wesolowski and Marcus Macias in the 200-200-400-800 medley relay.
The indoor track and field season wraps up Friday and Saturday at the ASD 8X8 Meet at The Dome. Events start at 3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. The first outdoor meet of the year is scheduled for April 17, when Chugiak and Eagle River will compete in a four-team meet with West and Dimond at Dimond.