It isn’t clear whether Homer cross-country runners Connor McCarron and Pedro Ochoa are just remarkably evenly paced, or simply being polite to each other.
The two have continued to trade places throughout the season, most recently at Saturday’s Borough meet in Soldotna. This time, McCarron had the edge, besting his teammate by three seconds in the 5-kilometer scramble through rain and wind on Skyview’s Tsalteshi Trails. McCarron finished fifth overall in the Borough Tourney, coming in at 17 minutes, 27 seconds. Ochoa came in at 17:30.
Last week, the two finished the Palmer Invitational in exactly the same time – down to a tenth of a second.
“No, we’re not actually being polite,” McCarron said. “We are pushing each other. If I see Pedro in front of me, I want to catch him — and I know he’s the same way.”
Lady Mariner Aurora Waclawski remained consistent with a sixth-place finish, edging her way ahead of teammate Barae Hirsch. Waclawski’s time of 21:23 bested Hirsch by one second.
Waclawski called the trail “muddy,” but added that the warm day made the race, “much more pleasant than it could have been.”
McCarron was a bit less subtle.
“The trail at Skyview was crazy; kids were falling down everywhere,” he said. “It poured rain all day and made the trail a mess. Josh Vantrease actually lost his shoe in the mud about three-quarters into the race and finished without a shoe.”
Both Waclawski and McCarron said they like the trail at Seward, which hosts this weekend’s Regional competition.
“I’m feeling really good about the trail in Seward,” McCarron said. “It’s actually one of my favorite courses. It has some long hills, but I’ve got a strategy and I am excited to see the outcome.”
McCarron said he will go “all out” at Regions, where the top four teams in both 3A and 4A – as well as the top 15 individuals — go to State.
“There’s no holding back,” he explained. “We have a whole week to rest before State, so there’s no reason to save anything. “I’m feeling the strongest I’ve ever felt, and I know the team feels the same way.”
Cross-Country Borough Races
Homer and Nikolaevsk Individual Girls
6. Aurora Waclawski, 21:23; 7. Barae Hirsch, 21:24; 12. Rebecca Seneff, 22:05; 14. Pam Jantzi, 22:43; 17. Valerie Mastolier, 22:54; 18. Sakota Mitchell, 23:19; 22. Megan Hickman, Niko, 25:55.
Homer and Nikolaevsk Individual Boys
5. Connor McCarron, 17:27; 6. Pedro Ochoa, 17:30; 13. Josh Vantrease, 18:24; 16. Jake Worsfold, 18:28; 18. Brandon Beachy, 18:35; 28. Blake Klaich, Niko, 19:27; 29. John Walsworth, 19:47; 34. Eric Mametieff, Niko, 21:09; 38. Frank Holub, Niko, 22:49.
Following four months of casting, waiting and anticipating the close of this year’s Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, James Peeples of Chico, Calif. won this year’s derby — and $10,000 — with his 323.2-pound catch on Aug. 31.
Peeples was fishing on a private boat with Captain Phil Peeples aboard the F/V Tackle Box. The crew was reportedly fishing near the green buoy off the Homer Spit in about 150 feet of water.
The fourth-month released fish winner for September was Kent Christopher of Denver, Colo. Christopher was fishing with Captain Greg Sutter aboard the F/V Tomahawk, and picked up $1,000 for his efforts.
A charity golf tournament, Rounds for the Rink, will take place Saturday at Shoreline Golf Course to benefit the Kevin Bell Arena and Homer Hockey Association.
The format is an 18-hole, best-ball scramble comprising up to nine teams of four to five players each. Sign-up begins at 9 a.m., with tee off at 10 a.m. Cost is $40, and covers greens fees, food, beverages and a chance to win a door prize.
There will be additional fees for participation in split-the-pot events, including closest to the pin. All proceeds benefit Homer’s community ice arena and HHA.
Shoreline Golf Course, formerly the Lynx, is located approximately six miles down East End Road. For more information, contact Chris at 399-1728.
Due to very high winds, the Homer Yacht Club’s last race of the season, the Fireweed Cup was postponed to this coming Saturday, Sept. 22.
Kachemak Bay Running Club hosts its fourth-annual “Run to the Altar” walk and run on Saturday, Oct. 6, beginning at the high School. Walkers will start at 9 a.m., with runners to follow at 10.
The route follows 13.3 miles of paved, dirt and mud roads and trails, and finishes on East Skyline Drive, one-quarter mile past the Wynn Nature Center.
There is no fee, but participants are encouraged to bring food to share in the shelter at the finish line. For more information, call Megan at 299-0687.
For the first time in many years, a registration hunt is planned for brown bears in Game Management Units 7 and 15 on the Kenai Peninsula. The hunt opens Oct. 1, and permits will be available at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game offices in Homer and Soldotna. The hunt is open to residents and non-residents, however non-residents must be accompanied by a guide.
For the past five years, brown bear hunting on the Kenai Peninsula has been available through a drawing system. At the January 2012 meeting, the Board of Game changed this system to a registration hunt. Hunters awarded a Kenai brown bear drawing permit for 2012 can still hunt as planned, unless the season closes by emergency order.
The registration brownbear hunt on the Kenai will remain open until Nov. 30, 2012, or until 10 reproductive-aged female brown bears are killed. According to ADF&G’s current management objectives for the Kenai, no more than 10 sows can be killed by human causes in a calendar year. So far in 2012, ADF&G has received just one report of a reproductive-aged female brown bear killed by human causes.
Human-caused mortalities include any brown bear death associated with people such as Defense of Life or Property killings, agency killings, bears killed by highway vehicles and hunting.
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