Davis, Fasulo dominate Dieckgraeff Invitational
SEWARD - Jacob Davis and Luciano Fasulo made one thing apparent at the Frank Dieckgraeff Invitational on Friday afternoon — the Homer Mariners should have a pretty good odds at qualifying for the upcoming Class 1A-2A-3A State Cross Country Meet.
Especially if Davis and Fasulo do as well as they did on a muddy 5-kilometer course in Seward.
Davis and Fasulo raced their way to first and second, respectively, and helped power the Mariners to a second-place finish in the meet's team standings. Homer finished the meet with 40 points, just five behind Soldotna. Seward finished third.
Davis and Fasulo had little trouble running their way to the top spot. They bolted from the start and built a commanding lead. Heading into the final chute, the two held a huge 13-second lead over their nearest competitor.
Davis finished the race with a winning time of 17 minutes, 38 seconds. Fasulo finished only a step behind him at 17:39. Seward freshman Neil Lindquist finished third at 17:52.
Jordan Beachy gave Homer three runners in the top five seconds later. Beachy and Soldotna's Sean Verg-in finished in a tie for fourth by posting identical times of 17:57.
Denver Waclawski, Clayton Beachy, Mose Hayes and Dexter Lowe also participated in the race for the Mariners. Waclawski finished 15th overall with a time of 19:11. Beachy and Hayes placed 17th and 18th, respectively, with times of 19:26 and 19:31. Lowe checked in at No. 20 with a mark of 20:10.
Boys team scores:
1. Soldotna, 35; 2. Homer, 40; 3. Seward, 53.
Individual five-kilometer results
1. Jacob Davis, Homer, 17:38; 2. Luciano Fasulo, Homer, 17:39; 3. Neil Lindquist, Seward, 17:52; 4 (tie). Sean Verg-in, Soldotna, Jordan Beachy, Homer, 17:57; 6. Koby Vinson, Soldotna, 18:03; 7. Josh Shuler, Soldotna, 18:05; 8. Lance Chilton, Soldotna, 18:11; 9. Max Pfeiffenberger, Seward, 18:14; 10. Bradley Walters, Soldotna, 18:15; 11. Zen Petrosius, Seward, 18:21; 12. Mekbeb Denbrock, Soldotna, 18:25; 13. Bechler Metcalf, Soldotna, 18:56; 14. Trey Ingalls, Seward, 19:01; 15. Denver Waclawski, Homer, 19:11; 16. Brendan McMurray, Seward, 19:13; 17. Clayton Beachy, Homer, 19:26; 18. Mose Hayes, Homer, 19:31; 19. Samuel Koster, Seward, 19:42; 20. Dexter Lowe, Homer, 20:10; 21. Steven Osborn, Seward, 21:14.