Mariner Charlie Menke leads a pack of runners on the trail during last Friday’s Homer XC Invite.

Mariner Charlie Menke leads a pack of runners on the trail during last Friday’s Homer XC Invite.

Mariners sweep Stars at Invite

The host team Homer Mariners picked up a sweep of the team titles against Soldotna in Friday’s Homer Invitational cross-country meet.

Megan Pitzman led a pack of Mariners in the girls 5-kilometer event, winning with a time of 20 minutes, 41 seconds, 21 ticks ahead of teammate Audrey Rosencrans in second. Alex Moseley, Aurora Waclawski and Ziza Shemet-Pitcher completed the top five. Hannah Pothast was the top finishing Soldotna runner in sixth, with a time of 21:39.

The dominant showing allowed the Mariners to cruise to the team win 15-44.

In the boys race, Soldotna’s Aaron Swedberg claimed the win ahead of a pack of Homer runners. Swedberg ran 17:06, beating Jared Brant by 16 seconds. Jordan Beachy, Charlie Menke and SoHi runner Koby Vinson rounded out the top five.

The result helped the Homer boys edge Soldotna for the team victory 26-30.

The team leaves Friday for a two-day event in Kodiak.

 

Homer XC Invite

Friday, Aug. 28

Girls team results — 1. Homer, 15 points; 2. Soldotna, 44.

Girls individual results — 1. Megan Pitzman, Hom, 20:41; 2. Audrey Rosencrans, Hom, 21:02; 3. Alex Moseley, Hom, 21:15; 4. Aurora Waclawski, Hom, 21:19; 5. Ziza Shemet-Pitcher, Hom, 21:37; 6. Hannah Pothast, Sol, 21:39; 7. Daisy Nelson, Sol, 21:46; 8. Kellie Arthur, 22:13; 9. Lauren Evarts, Hom, 22:18; 10. Haley Knott, Hom, 22:40; 11. Emily Werner, Sol, 23:43; 12. Fiona Boze, Sol, 24:22; 13. Megan Hickman, Niko, 25:32; 14. Kelina Polushkin, Niko, 32:10.

 

Boys team results — 1. Homer, 26; 2. Soldotna, 30.

Boys individual results — 1. Aaron Swedberg, Sol, 17:06; 2. Jared Brant, Hom, 17:22; 3. Jordan Beachy, 17:41; 4. Charlie Menke, Hom, 17:59; 5. Koby Vinson, Sol, 17:59; 6. Luciano Fasulo, Hom, 18:01; 7. David Michael, Sol, 18:02; 8. Levi Michael, Sol, 18:05; 9. Jeremy Kupferschmid, Sol, 18:28; 10. Josh Shuler, Sol, 18:28; 11. Denver Waclawski, Hom, 18:44; 12. Seth Hutchison, Sol, 18:47; 13. Greg Trail, Niko, 19:13; 14. Elan Carroll, Hom, 19:32; 15. Dexter Lowe, Hom, 19:45.

Alex Moseley and Audrey Rosencrans head down the trail. The Mariners bested the Soldotna Stars in both the boys and girls races.

Alex Moseley and Audrey Rosencrans head down the trail. The Mariners bested the Soldotna Stars in both the boys and girls races.

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