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Story last updated at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Homer skiers prove their strength

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News

The Mariners' cross country ski team brought home gold and silver from the Seward Invitational last weekend, competing against teams from SoHi, Skyview, Grace Christian, Kenai and Nikiski.

Both boys varsity and JV teams came in first place for the 6-kilometer event. Girls varsity took second, less than a second behind first place Grace Christian. The girls JV team also saw second place winnings with Kenai in first.

"The group did great this weekend," said Head Coach Jan Spurkland. "We have a mature team of a lot of seniors and juniors who have the experience and they are excelling."

Homer has a tradition of having a strong ski team and last weekend's Seward Invite proves the Mariners' strength for the 2012 season.

"The team has been putting in a lot of work since the winter break and now we are enjoying the fruits of our labor," said Spurkland.

As the first meet since the long winter break, the skiers are hitching for a series of meets every weekend through February.

"What we need to focus on now is transitioning from getting into shape to getting into race-shape," said Spurkland.

He says he will format practices to concentrate on skiing fast using sprint drills.

The team will travel to Soldotna this weekend for the Skyview Invitational.


Varsity Girls Time

1st Grace Christian 88:52.48

2nd Homer 89:49.53

3rd Kenai 93:40.19

4th SoHi 98:20.23

5th Skyview 105:57.99

Varisty Boys Time

1st Homer 74:22.89

2nd SoHi 77:36.29

3rd Kenai 80:16.30

4th Grace Christian 81:59.34

5th Skyview 84:02.39

JV Girls Time

1st Kenai 104:47

2nd Homer 108:48

3rd Grace Christian 113:40

4th Seward 116:18

JV Boys Time

1st Homer 98:31.20

2nd Kenai 99:29.36

3rd Seward 102:11.21

4th Grace Christian 109:03.75

Varsity Girls Time

2nd Marie Schmidt 21:02.39

5th Kaya Morelli 22:03.74

10th Maddy Gerrard 23:11.12

11th Cassidy Soitsman 23:32.28

16th Emily Schmidt 24:25.21

20th Katie Schmidt 26:20.10

Varsity Boys

2nd Parker Sorensen 17:49.57

3rd Andre Lovett 18:06.41

4th Brian Rowe 18:25.30

11th Dan Adickes 20:01.61

14th Ghen Sasukura 20:19.84

21st Kyle Wentz 21:39.77