• Homer girls finish second, boys fourth at regional meet
By Sean Pearson
No matter what happens at next week’s State Cross Country meet at Bartlett High School, Homer senior Connor McCarron says he plans to “leave it all on the course” as he finishes out his high school cross country days.
“I hope I have nothing left at the finish line,” McCarron said Monday. “I may throw up after crossing the finish, but at least I’ll know I truly left it all on the course.”
McCarron finished 11th in Saturday’s Region III meet at Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna, coming in with a time of 17 minutes, 49.88 seconds. Teammate Pedro Ochoa placed ninth, finishing in 17:46.12.
The race was originally scheduled to take place in Seward, but continued heavy rainfall forced officials to relocate the meet to a drier area. The necessary move was beneficial, as well as a bit disadvantageous, for those used to running the regular route at Tsalteshi.
“They moved the course to a different location on the Tsalteshi Trails, so the trail was nice and dry,” McCarron said. “The sun even made an appearance once or twice, however, the new location and not knowing the trail was a bummer.”
McCarron said Mariner runners for the guys’ side were all pretty disappointed with their performance.
“We know we can run better races, but at least we still made it to State,” he said. “And we are all going to have amazing races.”
Lady Mariner Aurora Waclawski was the highest Homer finisher, posting a time of 21:14.23 to narrowly edge teammate Barae Hirsch for seventh place in the 5-kilometer race. Hirsch finished less than a quarter of a second behind Waclawski.
As a team, Homer girls finished second overall in Class 3A competition, 40 points behind a powerhouse Grace Christian team that swept the top five spots in the race. Homer dropped from 4A to 3A this year after enrollment numbers fell.
McCarron said he is feeling “fantastic” about the upcoming race, and plans to help his team get better prepared this week than they were for Regions.
“I’ve run this course before,” McCarron said of the Bartlett Trail. “It’s a fun one, and everyone should get really good times.”
McCarron said he is still trying to wrap his brain around the fact that this will be his last high school cross-country race.
“It’s crazy how time flies,” he said. “It’s sad in a way, but I guess it’s all the more reason to give it everything I’ve got. Hopefully good results will follow.”
Individual Results: 7. Aurora Wacslawski, 21:14.23; 8. Barae Hirsch, 21:14.44; 14. Pam Jantzi, 22:36.34; 15. Rebecca Seneff, 22:52.57; 19. Casey Farrell, 23:35.05; 21. Valerie Mastolier, 24:03.83; 23. Mattea Peters, 24:27.35.
Individual results: 9. Pedro Ochoa, 17:46.12; 11. Connor McCarron, 17:49.88;19. Josh VanTrease, 18:24.91; 25. Jake Worsfold, 18:47.37; 29. Brandon Beachy, 19:11.14; 43. John Walsworth, 20:10.32.
The Nikolaevsk Warriors qualified seven runners for the 2A State Championship. Their trip to State was sealed with a second-place finish in the team standings, and a strong performance from senior Blake Klaich, who finished second in 18 minutes, 29 seconds. Freshmen Greg Trail and Nicetas Lasiter finished sixth and seventh respectively.
Lady Warrior freshman Megan Hickman qualified for State individually, finishing sixth in the girls race with a time 22:51. Seniors Eric Mametieff and Frank Holub and freshman Jonah Fefelov complete the remainder of the State-bound team.
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