PALMER — Through rain and shine, Chugiak’s track and field team kept piling up the points — and the records — Saturday at the state track and field championships at Machetanz Field.
The Mustangs won the Division I boys team title with depth and determination while the girls team broke two state relay records despite rapidly changing weather that featured bright sunshine in the morning followed by wind and rain in the afternoon.
Chugiak Daniel Bausch won the Division I boys 3,200 meters for the second straight year Friday on the opening day of the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Track and Field Championships at Machetanz Field in Palmer.
Bausch led wire-to-wire and was never challenged, winning in 9 minutes, 21.78 seconds. Teammate Hyrum Nelson finished second in 9:37.96.
“I’m very happy,” Bausch said after crossing the finish line.
The senior said he was equally happy for Nelson, who finished 10th last year.
The guest of honor was resplendent in a bright red dress and a pair black flats she picked out several days before the party.
As she sat surrounded by piles of birthday cards sent from around the world — and fresh off a phone call from U.S. congressman — the smile on Charlotte Schwid’s face Wednesday was matched in brightness only by the glints of sunlight pouring in through the windows of the Eagle River VFW and bouncing off the “Birthday Girl” tiara she wore atop her flowing locks of silver hair.
The 2019 class of more than 500 Chugiak-Eagle River area high school graduates includes many young people on the brink of extraordinary adulthoods, and this year’s crop of valedictorians exemplifies that promise.
After the stomping ended, all Taylor Caldwell could think about was finding his dog, Memphis.
“I started yelling out his name,” Caldwell said Monday from Providence Hospital, where he’s recovering from injuries suffered in a Friday afternoon moose attack. Then he realized that was a mistake. A cow moose was again sizing up the 67-year-old piano player as he laid on the ground, broken and bleeding from wounds to his hand, ribs, leg and rear end.
Fueled by a blazing run Friday and a depth charge Saturday, the Chugiak boys track and field team raced to a dominant win at the Cook Inlet Conference Track and Field Championships at Dimond Alumni Field.