Runners represent at State
Homer senior Connor McCarron closed out his high school cross country career on Saturday with a seventh-place finish at the Class 1-2-3A State Cross Country Running Championships at Bartlett High School.
McCarron’s time of 17 minutes, 33 seconds in the 5-kilometer race bested teammate Pedro Ochoa’s finish time by a scant 16 seconds, as the two helped lead their Mariner team to a third-place overall finish in the state. Ochoa placed 11th with a time of 17:49.
Grace Christian won the Class 123A girls title, but Homer managed to place five runners in the top 31 to take second place as a team. The Lady Mariners were led by Aurora Waclawski, who finished 12th, and Barae Hirsch in 15th.
Waclawski called the state course, “very muddy,” with only a few large hills to conquer.
“It wasn’t too hilly, but it was a challenge,” she said. “I’m happy with how I did, but feel I could have done better.”
The Nikolaevsk boys finished 12th in the 1-2-3A boys team standings. The Warriors were led by Blake Klaich, who finished 40th overall. Greg Trail and Nicetas Lasiter rounded out the top 100 with finishes in 60th and 89th place.
Nagle brothers lead swimmers
Homer swim teams took second and third at Skyview’s Invitational Swim Meet on Friday, with both boys and girls teams finishing well behind a powerhouse Soldotna team that swept the individual competition.
The Mariner boys swam to a second-place finish, thanks to strong performances by brothers Mark and James Nagle, who swept the top two spots in the 500 freestyle.
James finished first in the race, out-touching his brother by less than one second. He also placed second in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:18.21, putting him less than one second behind top-finisher Dustin Hunter of Soldotna.
Mark Nagle placed third in the 200 freestyle, finishing in 2:07.12. The brothers also combined with teammates Cyrus Cowan and Gregory Smith for a first-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.
Cowan took second in the 100 free and fourth in the 100 backstroke, while Smith placed third in the 100 back. Manuel Spigno also turned in strong third-place finishes in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
In girls’ action, Homer’s 200 medley relay team finished second with a time of 2:16.65. Cheyanne Smith finished third in both the 200 IM and 100 backstroke to help her team to third place overall. Lydia Arndt added a second-place finish in the 100 fly, and Lukia Martishev took fourth in the 100 freestyle.
There was no diving competition at Skyview, as it was determined that their pool depth was too shallow for diving, and the board was removed.
Both Mariner swim and dive teams travel to Seward on Saturday to compete in the Seahawk’s Invitational.
Weather finally allows sail race
After three postponements for weather, the Homer Yacht Club held their last race of the season, the Fireweed Cup, on Saturday.
Winds were fairly steady,” Arctica Captain Craig Forrest reported, “about 10 knots, but the direction varied a lot. It was mostly northeasterly, but we had to constantly adjust sails as it shifted.”
He said the seas were almost flat, about six inches, sun was great but it was nevertheless chilly on the water. The short course went around the barge anchored northeast of Miller’s Landing, around Gull Island and back to the start line.
The finish order was Morning Star, Arctica, Mariah, Nerius and Hemmingway. Adjusted times were not available at press time. Forrest said there was a bit of uncertainty at the finish line because the buoy marking the outer end of the finish line had drifted.
Sweeping up some winter fun
Homer Broomball, a division of Homer Hockey Association, would like to welcome everyone 18 and over to play broomball this season at Kevin Bell Arena.
Broomball is a crazy-fun team sport that welcomes players of all skill levels, and a great way to spend winter nights.
Broomballers have gear, shoes and plenty of fun to share, and try to keep costs low. The league is looking to welcome new players every first Friday, now through December, where they provide free gear and instruction to new players.
Broomballers hit the ice every Wednesday and Friday at 9 p.m. at the Kevin Bell Arena. All levels of skill are welcome. For more information, call Liz at 299-2657, or e-mail email@example.com.
Wrestlers host Fall Takedown
The Homer High School wrestling program is offering Olympic bronze-medalist Coleman Scott’s “Camp of Champions” Intensive Wrestling School as part of their second-annual Fall Festival Takedown Tournament and wrestling clinic at the high school.
The tournament runs Friday from 6-9 p.m. Scott’s camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The fee for both days of the weekend fall festival is $55 per wrestler. Cost for participation in the takedown tournament only is $20, and Saturday’s wrestling clinic only is $50.
All fees are to be paid at the school with checks made out to Camp of Champions.
For more information, contact Mariner wrestling coach Chris Perk at 299-6440 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Steve Glassey with Camp of Champions at (866) 854-2560 or email@example.com.
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