Homer skiers take 4th at GPRA Invitational
The Homer Mariners' boys' and girls' cross-country ski teams might not have won the GPRA Invitational team championship, but they did turn more than a few heads. Both teams skied their way to fourth-place finishes in their respective divisions on Saturday at the Government Peak ski area near Hatcher Pass.
Overall, Homer put four individual skiers on the podium, including Jacob Davis and Denver Waclawski, who turned in two of the top performances at the two-day meet. Both finished in the top 15 in the boys' final standings.
Davis led all HHS skiers at the race, racing his way to fifth overall in the individual standings. On Friday, Davis finished the 5-kilometer skate race in sixth place with a time of 15 minutes, 11.4 seconds — just 1:11.6 behind Kenai's Karl Danielson, who won the race with a mark of 13:59.8.
Davis continued to shine on Saturday in the classic 5-kilometer race. He finished fifth overall with a time of 31:17.4 Like Davis, Waclawski starred for the Mariners. After finishing 13th in the skate race, Waclawski came on strong on Day 2. His finish in the classic portion of the meet vaulted him to sixth overall with a final mark of 32:28.1.
"Denver has been working very hard this ski season so we were thrilled to see him rewarded for that," said HHS coach Allison O'Hara.
Caleb Rauch and Andy Super also participated in the varsity boys' race. Rauch placed 18th in Friday's skate standings with a time of 16:43.4. Super was 29th at 18:39.0. Teammates Josh Wisner and Ben Kettle also did well, taking 32nd and 35th, respectively.
On Saturday, Wisner finished 29th in the classic race. Kettle and Super were 31st and 34th, respectively.
In JV action, Ancil Chandler placed 31st in the skate race with a time of 29:16.4. He finished 25th on Saturday.
Katia Holmes and Autumn Daigle earned their way into the top 10 with stellar outings in the girls' varsity competition. Holmes placed fifth overall. She placed sixth on Friday in the skate race with a time of 18:05.1, and finished fifth on Saturday with a time of 37:49.1.
Daigle, who was seventh overall on Friday at 18:09.1, finished ninth overall.
Katie Davis also posted a top-20 finish. She was 17th overall. Teammate Brita Restad and Ellie Syth also did well.
As a team, the Lady Mariners owned the action on Day 2. The team posted the top overall finish in Saturday's classic race.
"There aren't any seniors on the girls team this year," said O'Hara. "In another year they will surely be formidable."
In JV girls' action. Libby Fabich and Kara Super both did well.