• Mariner hurdlers Cabana, Seay log first-place finishes
By Sean Pearson
Homer senior Tayla Cabana took the top spot in the girls 100-meter hurdles on Saturday, finishing the Homer Invitational event in 16.86 seconds and leading her team to an overall fifth-place finish. Her time of 16.86 seconds bested her next-closest competitor —Jodi Davis of Grace Christian — by just over a second.
Junior Connor Seay did the honors on the Homer boys’ side, finishing first in his 300-m hurdle event. Seay’s winning time of 43.50 seconds was a personal record, and just enough to hold off a late surge by Wasilla’s Matt Thomas. Thomas was a slim .08 seconds behind Seay when they crossed the finish line.
“I started to slow down because I got exhausted really fast,” Seay said of his close finish. “I could hear the ticking sounds of his spikes hitting the track, so I knew he was right there next to me.”
Skyview’s Tim Duke took a tumble at the beginning of the 110m hurdles, and was unable to compete in the 300m hurdles later that afternoon. Seay said he knew the senior standout was hurt when he first went down.
“I didn’t want to win that way,” Seay said of his 300m hurdle event. “I want to win by beating him.”
Seay said he has heard several speculations about Duke’s injury — from a sprained knee to a torn ACL — but isn’t sure who to believe.
“I wish him the best and that he can start running again soon,” Seay said. “I just hope he gets better by the time State comes around.”
Seay also ran strong legs for Mariner relay teams, but was quick to offer praise for his teammates, whom he called “phenomenal.”
Homer relay teams picked up a second-place finish in the 800 relay, finishing with a time of 1:42.19. The M’s finished third in the 3,200 relay and fourth in the 400 relay. Their time of 48.73 seconds was less than a half-second behind third-place Glennallen.
Homer senior and distance runner Pedro Ochoa turned in fast times in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200-meter events, but still consistently found himself right on the heels of Kenai brothers Jonah and Jordan Theisen. Ochoa finished third behind the brothers in both the 1,600 and 3,200-meter events. He was fourth in the 800, finishing in 2:06.99.
In field events, Mariner John Shank jumped to ninth place in the long jump, leaping to 17 feet, 3.75 inches. Teammate August Kilcher was tenth with a distance of 16 feet, 5 inches, while senior Joe Cardoza leapt to 16 feet, 2 inches. Shank was seventh in the triple jump, finishing with a distance of 34 feet, 8.5 inches.
The boys team took sixth place overall.
Several top-five performances by the Lady M’s put some much-needed points on the board. Hurdler Lauren Evarts took third in the 100 hurdles, finishing less than one second behind Cabana. Aurora Waclawski and Ziza Shemet-Pitcher placed fourth and fifth at 400 meters, while Molly Mitchell was fourth in the 1,600. Waclawski and Mitchell also finished seventh in the 200m and 800m, respectively.
Sprinter Angie Cardoza was sixth in the 100m dash, finishing in 13.78 seconds. Cabana was eighth in 13.90 seconds. Lauren Jones finished fifth in the 300 hurdles. Girls relay teams also finished strong, with a second-place finish in the 4x400m relay and fourth in the 4x800m race.
In field events, Homer’s Crystal Crane picked up consistent fifth-place finishes in both the long jump and high jump.
For the Ninilchik Wolverines, Sam Mireles finished sixth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 20.09, while teammate Tyler Thorne finished the 3,200m race in 11:20.15 for ninth place.
800: 4. Pedro Ochoa, 2:06.99
1,600: 3. Ochoa, 4:43.50
3,200: 3. Ochoa, 10:02.56; 9. Tyler Thorne, Ninilchik, 11:20.15
110 hurdles: 5. Wyatt Monear, Was, 20.00; 6. Sam Mireles, Ninilchik, 20.09
300 hurdles: 1. Connor Seay, 43.50
4×100 relay: 4. Homer, (Joseph Cardoza, Tyeler Cooper-Day, Ian Lowe, Andrew Doughty), 48.73
4×200 relay: 2. Homer, (Seay, Cardoza, Ryan Novrot, Day), 1:42.19
4×400 relay: 6. Homer, (Novrot, Seay, Doughty, Miles Catlin), 4:00.06.
4×800 relay: 3. Homer, (Novrot, Les Crane, John Sarmiento, Jared Brant), 9:59.97
Long Jump: 9. John Shank, 17—03.75; 10. August Kilcher, 16—05.00; 12. Cardoza, 16—02.00
100: 6. Angie Cardoza, 13.78
400: 4. Aurora Waclawski, 1:04.46; 5. Ziza Shemet Pitcher, 1:04.81
1,600: 4. Molly Mitchell, 5:32.97; 10. Audrey Rosencrans, 5:55.93
100 hurdles: 1. Tayla Cabana, 16.86; 3. Lauren Evarts, 17.81
300 hurdles: 5. Lauren Jones, 56.32
4×100 relay: 7. Homer (Crystal Crane, Cardoza, Evarts, Cabana), 56.94
4×400 relay: 2. Homer, (Cabana, Shemet-Pitcher, Mitchell, Waclawski), 4:28.64
4×800 relay: 4. Homer, (Jones, Audrey Russell, Sakota Mitchell, Rosencrans), 12:16.14
High jump: 5. Crane, 4—4
Long jump: 5. Crane, 13—11 1/2
Shot Put: 13. Mikayla Clark, Ninilchik, 25—05.75
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