• Rowe, Hirsch lead Homer skiers with strong finishes at Colony Invite
By Sean Pearson
Homer High Nordic Skiers braved an Arctic blast at the two-day Colony Invitational on Friday and Saturday at Government Peak Nordic Trails. Skiers opened the racing on Friday with freestyle skiing, followed by classic technique on Saturday.
Homer’s Brian Rowe skied to a sixth-place finish in the boys’ 7.5-kilometer courses with a combined time of 44 minutes, 39 seconds. Ghen Sasakura placed 13th, coming in at 47:54, and Jake Worsfold posted a time of 51:36 for 26th place.
The girls skied 5k both days of racing, with Lady Mariner Barae Hirsch taking fourth in a combined time of 34:30. Aspen Daigle followed with an eighth-place finish, coming in at 36:01. Rachel’s Ellert’s time of 39:51 placed her at 23rd.
In JV action, Crystal Crane finished in the top 10 for combined times, while Cassidy Soistman finished in the top 10 for the Friday skate race.
Homer hosts the Regional Tournament on Feb. 15 and 16.
Homer boys finishers
6. Brian Rowe, 44:39; 13. Ghen Sasakura, 47:54; 26. Jake Worsfold, 51:36.
Homer girls finishers
4. Barae Hirsch, 34:30; 8. Aspen Daigle, 36:01; 23. Rachel Ellert, 39:51.
In middle school competition, the Homer Huskies participated in the 2013 Nikiski Classic Relay on Friday, taking 23 racers north to compete in frigid temperatures.
The Huskies skied well, placing three teams in the top 10. Coach Alan Parks said all skiers represented Homer well, turning in strong performances and showing great sportsmanship.
“These athletes had a lot of fun and got to see what the competition looks like,” Parks said. “This meet was a good warm-up for the coming Homer Invitational at Lookout Trails this Friday.
Following another Nordic Invitational in Soldotna, the Huskies will wrap up their season with the Borough Tournament in Kenai on March 2.
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