Spit Run

By Sean Pearson
Homer Tribune

“Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.”
English Proverb

HOMER TRIBUNE/Sean Pearson Runners of all ages enjoy sunny skies, warm temperatures and a slight breeze at Saturday’s Homer Spit Run.

HOMER TRIBUNE/Sean Pearson
Runners of all ages enjoy sunny skies, warm temperatures and a slight breeze at Saturday’s Homer Spit Run.

It’s still relatively unclear whether young Homer runners are just exceptionally exuberant, or if the contingent of local Spit Run elders have simply lost their touch when it comes to guile and trickery.
Or maybe it was the heat.
Either way, Saturday’s annual Homer Spit Run was conspicuously dominated by the younger set.
With sunny skies, warm temps and a very slight breeze welcoming runners to the morning race, several runners were peeling off layers of clothing as the sweat set in.
Some, however, thought it was great.
“I thought it was actually the perfect day — temperature wise,” said Molly Mitchell, a standout on the Homer High School track and cross-country teams and the first female finisher of the race. “I’d spent the last week in the rain, so it was really nice to be in the sun.”
Mitchell finished with a time of 40:51.14. Her next closest competitor, Sadie Fox, came in a almost three minutes later.
“I was content with my time; I could’ve run faster but not on that day,” Mitchell said. “I wasn’t feeling my best, so getting under 41 was a good goal.”
Mitchell said she felt mostly comfortable running under the Alaska sun.
“I never got too hot,” she said. “But I still had to jump in the ocean afterwards — twice.”
Andrea Sands finished third in the women’s division, coming in at 44:56.66.

HOMER TRIBUNE/Sean Pearson Juan Sarmiento cools off with a quick splash at a water station. He finished third in his age group in 47:17.73.

HOMER TRIBUNE/Sean Pearson
Juan Sarmiento cools off with a quick splash at a water station. He finished third in his age group in 47:17.73.

In the men’s field, recent Homer High School graduate Pedro Ochoa, 19, dominated the field of Spit runners, cruising to an overall win in the 10K contest with a time of 36 minutes, 18.13 seconds. His next closest opponent (Andrew Kirk) finished a full 90 seconds later.
Kirk stayed close, and even led Ochoa throughout the first few kilometers of the race. The two were running side-by-side down Ocean Drive as they approached the Spit.
Then Ochoa turned on the afterburners, and left everyone in the dust.
Andrew Kirk finished second with a final time of 37:48.26, and Carl Seger was third with a time of 38:32.54.

Homer Spit Run Results

(Top 3 finishers in each age division)

Male
9 and under

1. Ethan Styvar, 1:10:13
2. Thatcher Lowney, 1:19:19

10-14
1. Jacob Davis, 40:17.47
2. Denver Waclawski, 43:02.88
3. Juan Sarmiento, 47:17.73

15-19
1. Pedro Ochoa, 36:18.13
2. Cole Johnson, 39:19.68
3. Connor McCarron, 39:52.32

20-24
1. Brock Paige, 51:49.56
2. Dylan Cook, 53:20.43
3. Tyler Haas, 56:41.84

25-29
1. Andrew Kirk, 37:48.26
2. Sam Kirk, 42:55.31
3. Colby Tucker, 43:51.07

30-34
1. Beau Wood, 40:20.91
2. Travis Peltier, 41:16.88
3. Nick Bicandi, 42:37.96

35-39
1. Carl Seger, 38:32.54
2. Christopher Walker, 43:22.40
3. Andrei Tsygmenko, 45:41.14

40-44
1. Kent Peterson, 42:42.91
2. Bill Taylor, 49:24.34
3. Mike Illg, 50:12.20

45-49
1. Brian Dean, 43:05.78
2. Greg Lincoln, 43:54.56
3. Andy Nielsen, 49:15.28

50-54
1. Andy Haas, 41:29.12
3. John Anderson, 56:41.56
3. Deland Anderson, 1:09.07

55-59
1. Lance Williamson, 42:07.75
2. Kenton Bloom, 52:06.94

60-64
1. Randi Wiest, 46:06.94
2. Peter Courtrage, 47:34.66
3. Bud Johnson, 48:16.65

65-69
1. Ralph Broshes, 55:37.79
2. John Chapple, 58:31.27
3. Atz Kilcher, 1:06.50

70-74
1. Timothy Middleton, 56:37.74
2. Bernard Griffard, 1:34.24

Female
9 and under

1. Ireland Styvar, 1:10.13
2. Kate Donelley, 1:20.32
3. Lauren Donnelley, 1:23.04

10-14
1. Heather 48:03.90
2. Olivia Ogren-Butail, 56:10.04
3. Jalee Martushev, 56:13.77

15-19
1. Molly Mitchell, 40:51.14
2. Sadie Fox, 43:16.66
3. Megan Pitzman, 45:50.26

20-24
1. Olivia Jacobs, 47:29.86
2. Katie Jensen, 50:06.05
3. Edrei Evarts, 53:20.51

25-29
1. Andrea Sands, 44:56.66
2. Kayla Spaan, 47:54.70
3. Amanda Strittmatter, 49:54.19

30-34
1. Rachel Allmendinger, 55:39.34
2. Hanni Schwiesow, 56:37.63
3. Stephanie Anderson, 57:24.31

35-39
1. Brooke Dudley, 47:34.25
2. Hillary Seger, 50:40.47
3. Amy Blackwell, 58:21.50

40-44
1. Fran Evarts, 50:15.58
2. Sarah O’Malley, 53:53.71
3. Joell Slade-House, 54:06.19

45-49
1. Sue Mauger, 53:12.80
2. Annie Allman, 58:15.69
3. Catriona Lowe, 59:08.20

50-54
1. Heather Johnson, 48:39.36
2. Jennifer Olendorff, 54:33.51
3. Judith Steyer, 57:17.10

55-59
1. Mary Ann Renkert, 53:47.85
2. Bridget Kuhns, 1:03.38
3. Polly Prindle-Hess, 1:04.17

60-64
1. Patrice Parker, 53:38.93
2. Sarah Kleedehn, 53:58.81
3. Maria Sweppy, 1:10.24

65-69
1. Linda Yost, 1:26.08
2. Peggie Chapple, 1:31.07
3. Flo Larson, 1:39.09

70-74
1. Tami Greenwell, 1:28.29

75-plus
1. Nancy Davis, 1:39.08
2. Rieta Walker, 1:41.36

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  1. pedro ochoa says:

    Speaking about age I just turned 18 on June 20 , I was born in 1996 so I’m not 19 .

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