Clifford, Kelter help Eagles Sevens qualify for Olympics

June 14, 2015

Lorrie Clifford rugby

Lorrie Clifford

Lorrie Clifford and Alev Kelter of Eagle River helped make history today in Cary, North Carolina.

And it wasn’t even close.

The starting players for the USA Women’s Eagles Sevens rugby team were on the field for an 88-0 rout of Mexico in the championship game of the North America Caribbean regional tournament that secured the Americans a place at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

This is the first time rugby sevens will be part of the Olympics and two Alaskans will be part of the historic event.

The U.S. team dominated the NACRA Championships with a 6-0 record and set a team record for largest margin of victory.

Alev Kelter rugby and soccer

Alev Kelter

Clifford and Kelter both graduated from Chugiak High School in 2009. They played flag football together before going off to play college sports.

At Western Oregon University, Clifford played basketball.

Kelter, meanwhile, was a two-sport star in hockey and soccer at the University of Wisconsin.

Now they are playing rugby for the national team and headed to the Olympics.