Mariner Cross Country runs with the big dogs
Lady Mariner runners proved their cross-country caliber over the weekend with a fifth-place finish in the heavily attended Skyview Invitational on Saturday.
Led by freshman Megan Pitzman, the young Homer girls’ squad held its own against 23 other teams from around the state. Teams competed in a 5k race at Tsalteshi Trails under warm temperatures and bright blue skies.
“The Skyview Invite is one of the biggest meets we see all year, and features most, if not all, of the best runners and teams in Alaska,” said Homer Head Coach Bill Steyer. “Finishing in fifth place against all the powerhouses in the state is truly impressive and proves the Lady Mariners are a tough group to compete against.”
Pitzman finished the 5-kilometer race in 20 minutes, 14 seconds, finishing 16th out of 109 runners. Following closely behind were Molly Mitchell, 20:35; Aurora Waclawski, 20:38; Aziza Shemet-Pitcher, 21:43; and Shenandoah Lush, 22:13.
Mitchell, a sophomore, said she would have liked a faster time at Skyview, but is looking forward to breaking 20 minutes at this weekend’s Homer Invitational.
“I feel good; I’m faster and happier, and really excited to get stronger as the season progresses,” Mitchell said. “I am racing just as hard as I did last year, but this time I’m actually in the competition.”
Senior Pedro Ochoa led the boys’ varsity squad with a time of 16:54 and an 18th-place finish out of 132 runners. Other strong performances came from Josh Vantrease, 18:07; Brandon Beachy, 18:21; Jared Brant, 19:19; and August Kilcher, 19:23. The boys’ team placed 15th overall.
“I think we had some pretty exciting individual and team performances,” Steyer said. “Individually, most everyone showed improvement by posting their best times of the season.”
The Mariners host teams for the Homer Cross Country Invitational this Friday at 1 p.m.
Local runners also competed in men’s and women’s open competition at Skyview with the following results:
47. Greg Trail, Nikolaevsk, 19:55.9; 59. Jonah Fefelov, Nikolaevsk, 20:16.8; Nahoa Jette, Homer, 22:00.4; 170. John Sarmiento, Homer, 23:14.0; 196. Marley McGuire, Homer, 24:16.8.
19. Melanie Mastolier, Homer, 22:55.5; 23. Audrey Rosencrans, 23:03.1; 50. Mattea Peters, 24:32.7; 85. Megan Hickman, 26:18.9; 98. Sam Draves, 27:06.3; 134. Nianiella Dorvall, 29:48.4.
Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby
2013 Jackpot Leader
236.2 lbs., caught by Gene Jones of Bellevue, Iowa, on July 25. Jones was fishing with Central Charters and Capt. David Bayes aboard the F/V Grand Aleutian.
August Tagged Fish
• Marian Ortiz of Cottonwood, Ariz. caught Aug. 14 with Bob’s Trophy Charters
• Brian Todd of Kenai, caught Aug. 21 with Bob’s Trophy Charters
• Kent Thornburg of Lakewood, Colo. caught Aug. 24 with Alaska Costal Marine
Whalers swallow up Cougars
The Voznesenka Cougars got a tough introduction to the Greatland Football Conference this weekend with a 6-46 loss to Barrow.
Voz Head Coach Justin Zank said he hopes to have more of his players back from fishing this week to help the team reload and come out strong for their first home game against Valdez.
The Cougars take on the Buccaneers this Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the Homer High football field.
Time to hit the road
Cyclists are invited to compete in the Homer End-of-the-Road 100K/200K Bike Ride on Saturday, Sept. 14. The ride starts at Two Sisters Bakery, and fees are $20 for RUSA members, $25 for non-members (200K), $10 for (100K).
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