Story last updated at 12:17 p.m. Thursday, May 2, 2002

Thinclads ready for invitational
by Sepp Jannotta
Staff Writer

The Homer High School track and field team made inroads at Saturday's Peninsulawide Skyview Invitational, with four members performing well enough to qualify for the Region III meet May 17-18 in Palmer.

Andrew Peters put up a region-qualifying time when he won the 800-meter event and came close when he took third in the mile.

Emily Wood and Kirsten Baltz both qualified for regions in the high jump.

Nahanni Wills also made the regions cut as she grabbed second in the 300 hurdles.

"Individually we're seeing a lot of improvements," said coach Tari Hoeft. "In the discus we had people improving by 15 to 20 feet, and in the shot put 2 to 3 feet."

Bryan Smith took second in the shot put, while Jami Epley was among those stepping it up, taking 36 seconds off her time in the mile.

Travis Kauffman had a good meet, finishing second in the mile just off the region qualifying time, and third in the 3,200.

Hoeft said she was impressed with Kauffman's performance as he reeled in several competitors in the home stretch of both the mile and two-mile events. Kauffman moved from fifth to third in the final 300 meters of the 3200.

"He just exploded past them," Hoeft said.

Among the athletes from other schools on the southern Kenai Peninsula, Molly Bosick of Ninilchik had an excellent day, winning the 200-meter dash and taking second in the 400. Fellow Wolverine Amanda Matson placed third in the 300-meter hurdles.

Seldovia's Kevin Jones, a freshman, also had an outstanding meet, tying for first in the 100-meter dash, taking second in the long jump and placing fourth in the 200.

On Saturday, the Mariners will host the Homer Invitational, their first and only home meet of the year, starting with the field events at 9:30 a.m. and the track events at noon.

The Mariners are looking for volunteers with the meet, which will feature athletes from at least 10 different Peninsula schools, Hoeft said.

Some 50 helpers are needed to help measure, rake, time, spot and coordinate various events. Call Homer High athletic director Chris Perk at 235-8186 if you are interested in volunteering.