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West Eagles win everything at CIC ski championships

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 10
  • Published February 10

The West Eagles made a clean sweep of the Cook Inlet Conference cross-country ski championships Saturday at Kincaid Park.

The Eagles won both team titles, both of Saturday's relay races, both of Friday's individual races and both Skimeister titles.

Luke Jager and Molly Gellert took the Skimeister crowns by winning the individual races on Friday and clocking the fastest times in their relay legs on Saturday.

A week earlier, Jager and Gellert had both been at the World Junior Championships in Switzerland, where Jager helped the United States to an historic medal in the boys relay race.

On Saturday, he teamed up with Sam York, Maxime Germain and Everett Cason to beat Chugiak in the 4×5.4-kilometer relay.
West finished in 59:00.4 to easily beat the Mustangs, who clocked 1:00:44.6. Dimond was third in 1:01:25.1.

Gellert anchored the West team of Ivy Eski, Quincy Donley and Aubrey LeClair to victory in the girls 4×3.5K race. Their time of 42:06.7 put them more than a minute ahead of Chugiak, (43:21.5) and more than two minutes ahead of third-place Service 44:31.3).

On Friday, Jager captured victory in the 10K freestyle race in 25:59.5. South's Zander McMullen was second in 26:43 and Cason was third in 26:52.5.

West went 1-2-3 in the girls 7.5K freestyle. Gellert won in 21:34.4, followed by LeClair (22:11.0) and Donley (22:16.2).

The Eagles dominated the team standings, which combined the times from Friday's races and Saturday's relays. The boys beat Service by more than eight minutes and the girls topped Dimond by more than five minutes.

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