Scoring snafu drops Homer teams to second
May 5th | Sean Pearson
Official 'recount' shakes up the order
of school finishes at Invitational
By Sean Pearson
For one brief, shining moment, both Mariner boys and girls track and field teams enjoyed first-place finishes at their own invitational on Saturday.
And then someone literally "did the math," and found that results from a few field events had not been included in the final team scores. An official "recount" shook up the order of school finishes — including a Soldotna surge to the top that knocked the Mariner teams to second.
The SoHi girls picked up 49 points in field events, pushing them past the Lady Mariner's 118-106. Soldotna boys added 36 field-event points to their score, giving them an eight-point advantage over Homer boys in the end.
Intermittent Homer sunshine had many fans periodically donning and doffing jackets and sweaters throughout the afternoon; one group of visiting tracksters huddled in sleeping bags inside the soccer goal.
And while the temperature fluctuated, the level of competition never wavered.
Homer sophomore Kaylee Veldstra continued to dominate the sprint events, finishing first in both the 100 and 200-meter runs. Senior hurdler Lauren Evarts also continued her winning ways with first-place finishes in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles.
In longer-distance events, freshman Autumn Daigle finished second in the 800 with a time of 2:32.77, while senior teammate Audrey Rosencrans took third in 2:33.22. Cross-country standout Megan Pitzman took a break from soccer for the day to compete in a few events. Pitzman finished sixth in the 800 with a time of 2:35.39.
Rosencrans also took third in the 1,600, just two seconds ahead of Daigle in fourth place.
Lady Mariner relay teams finished second in both the 400 and 1,600m relays, where they came up less than one-quarter of a second behind in each race.
In field events, Marina Carroll cleared 4 feet, 8 inches to take first in the high jump; she was second in the triple jump.
A first-place finish by Luciano Fasulo in the 800m — and as the final leg in the 1,600m relay — helped the Mariner boys earn 88.5 team points, and finish second overall to SoHi. Fasulo also finished second in the 1,600m, with teammate Jacob Davis taking third.
Jared Brant and Bill Rich joined Davis and Fasulo in the relay win, and Rich took third in the 5,000m.
Amid a speedy field of sprinters, Homer junior Teddy Croft and freshman Noah Fisk turned in strong performances in the 100 and 200m events. Croft took second in the 200m, finishing in 24.40 seconds. Fisk was fifth, in 25.04, and also finished fifth in the 100 in 11.95. Croft was fourth in the 100 with a time of 11.90.
Joel Carroll joined his sister with a first-place finish in the high jump; he cleared 5 feet, 8 inches. Hunter Patton was third in the 400 hurdles.
Team scores: 1. SoHi, 118; 2. Homer, 106; 3. Kenai 101;
100m: 1. Kaylee Veldstra, 13.21 seconds;
200m: 1. Kaylee Veldstra, 28.08;
800m: 2. Autumn Daigle, 2:32.77; 3. Audrey Rosencrans, 2:33.22; 6. Megan Pitzman, 2:35.39.
1,600m: 3. Audrey Rosencrans, 5:42.94; 4. Autumn Daigle, 5:44.54.
100m hurdles: 1. Lauren Evarts, 17.20;
400m: 1. Lauren Evarts, 1:13.94;
400m relay: 1. Kenai, 52.80; 2. Homer, 53.00;
1,600m relay: 1. Seward, 4:29.80; 2. Homer, 4:30.07.
High jump: 1. Marina Carroll, 4 feet, 8 inches;
Discus: 4. Anna Brock, 98—0.
Long jump: 6. Rythm Beckett-Cook, 13—3 1-2.
Triple jump: 2. Marina Carroll, 29—4; 6. Isabel Kulhanek, 27—10 1-4.
Teams: 1. SoHi 96.5; 2. Homer, 88.5; 3. Grace, 85;
100: 4. Teddy Croft, 11.90; 5. Noah Fisk, 11.95;
200: 2. Teddy Croft, 24.40; 5. Noah Fisk, 25.04.
800: 1. Luciano Fasulo, 2:11.24; 4. Jacob Davis, 2:15.45;
1,600: 2. Luciano Fasulo, 4:45.04; 3. Jacob Davis, 4:49.34;
3,200: 6. (tie)Corbin Mattingly, 11:18.34.
5,000: 3. Bill Rich, 17:16.15; 4. Elan Carrol, 19:01.58;
400 hurdles: 3. Hunter Patton, 1:08.89.
400 relay: 3. Homer, 47.65.
1,600 relay:1. Homer (Brant, Rich, Davis, Fasulo), 3:48.17;
High jump: 1. Joel Carroll, 5—8;
Triple jump: 5. Joel Carroll, 37—9 1-4.