Mariner skiers compete in Lynx Loppet races
The Homer Mariner ski team had an eventful weekend at the two-day Lynx Loppet in Anchorage. Thanks to the safe driving of Dave Eschenwiler, the team arrived without incident despite the wind, rain and icy slush of the Seward Highway. Friday's event was a 5-kilometer classic race — two laps of Kincaid's man-made snow loop — while Saturday's event was a 5-kilometer skate race run on the same loop in the opposite direction.
At the race, the Mariners welcomed Caleb Rauch back into the fold. He had missed the team's opening meet while training with Alaska Pacific University.
On the girls' side, Autumn Daigle recorded the fastest time for the team on Friday with a mark of 20 minutes, 9 seconds. Her time put her in 40th place for the girls' A race.
Daigle opted not to race on Saturday due to illness.
Zoe Stonorov was the overall girls' leader for the weekend with strong performances in both events that put her in 75th for all A and B racers. Shine Carey also had an exceptional first weekend of ski racing, coming in third for the Homer girls with 21:04 in the skate race.
In the chaos of 650 racers warming up and milling around the start and finish area, Brita Restad missed her start on Friday but finished the race nonetheless — a move that allowed her to start the skate race on Saturday. In the skate race, Restad skied hard and passed five people in the girls' A race. Her actual time in the classic race was 23:40.
On the boys' side, Jacob Davis turned in consistent performances to lead the Homer boys. He placed 60th overall among A and B boys. Rauch and Denver Waclawski were close behind, finishing 65th and 73rd, respectively. Andy Super improved by the most places from Friday to Saturday, moving from 93rd in boys' B to 83rd.
As long as the snow holds up, the Mariners will be holding a fundraiser, on Dec. 17 from 1-3 p.m., offering lessons for children and adults on the Lookout Mountain trails. Megan Corazza and Alison O'Hara will be conducting the adult lessons. The cost is $10 for kids and $20 for adults. To register, text Alison at 299-6275.