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Story last updated at 8:08 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Track and field season ends for 12; one HHS athlete goes on to state

The Region III/4A championship meet in Skyview last weekend was the end of the road for most of the young Mariner track and field team, but the sole senior will make the trek to Fairbanks for state tomorrow and Saturday.


Homer's Mitch Wyatt throws the discus 108 feet on his final throw Saturday at the Region III Track and Field Championships at Skyview High School. (Morris News Service-Alaska)

Mitch Wyatt qualified in the 300-meter hurdles as well as the discus. Wyatt is ranked fourth in the state with his final third-place regional hurdling finish of 41.79 seconds, tenths away from the Homer High School record.

Though he just started throwing discus a few weeks ago, he placed fourth in the region with a 117-03 foot toss in prelims that landed him 14th in state.

"He's new at it. He's just a really good athlete," Mariner Head Coach Bill Steyer said.

Steyer also was impressed with the athleticism of freshman Cassidy Soistman, the only other Homer athlete to final. Soistman took seventh in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump. She jumped a long, personal best 30-04.75 in the triple jump, a foot more than boroughs and three more than the meet before that. She also added a foot in the long jump for a 13-05.5 leap.

Kodiak boys and Wasilla girls won the regional meet. Palmer and Colony boys and Colony and Soldotna girls took second and third.

Casey Farrell, Diane Frank, Tayla Cabana, Mattea Peters, Riley Christensen, Justice Sky, Dylan Faulkner, Kyle Austin, Mark McGregor, Dan Adickes and Hoss Frank finished the season at the meet.

"The kids are having a good time and they're doing well. It's just hard not to be able to field full relays," Steyer said.

Homer entered just one boys and one girls relay.

With 13 athletes, the Mariners have half the athletes as Houston, the next smallest team.

"The overall performance of our team relative to others in the region is because of our low numbers. If I had twice as many kids we'd do twice as well," Steyer said.

Steyer hopes that some of the 90-strong middle school track and field team will boost the Mariners' numbers and performance for next season. He's also actively alert for a benefactor that will pay to make much-needed improvements to the physical track at Homer High.

"If you can't have track meets at Homer High School, how can you showcase the sport?" he asked.

The team invites all ages to come out for a midnight mile at the Homer High School track on May 24. Cost is $5 or a greater donation to the track team. For more information, call Steyer at 399-1078.