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Story last updated at 5:46 PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mariner runners take third place in home meet

By Angelina Skowronski
For the Homer News


Photo by Angelina Skowronski for the Homer News

Pam Jantzi starts the second lap in the borough cross country meet last weekend at the Lookout Ski Trails near Ohlson Mountain.

The hillsides near Ohlson Mountain gleamed a burnt rouge this past weekend as gold, red and blue jerseys danced between the autumn fireweed for the Kenai borough cross country meet. The Mariners boys and girls varsity teams each placed third among seven schools: Seward, Soldotna, Kenai, Skyview, Nikiski, Nikolaevsk and Homer.

"The Mariners ran well on their home turf with many great individual performances," said Head Coach Bill Steyer.

The most notable individual performances were by Sakota Mitchell finishing 8th overall in girls JV (28:39); Clem Tillion, 13th overall in boys JV (23:02): Alaine Miller, 12th overall in girls varsity (23:50); and Conner McCarron, 11th overall (19:37) in boys varsity.

The female front runners, Cassidy Soistman and Pam Jantzi, placed ninth and tenth with a time of 22:46 and 23:33 respectively. "I'm proud of my team. It's a hard course with a big hill in the beginning, so I am glad this will be the last meet on this track," says sophomore Cassidy Soistman. The course, located at the Lookout Ski Trails near Ohlson Mountain, is an approximate one-mile loop. This particular meet was a 5K; three laps.

Kenai took first place in the meet for girls varsity with 20 points, followed by Soldotna with 48 points, and Homer in third place with 54 points. In boys varsity, Kenai also placed first with 31 points, followed by Skyview with 53 points, Homer with 65 points in third, and finally Soldotna in fourth with 81 points.

Dan Adickes led the boys varsity team placing fifth with a time of 19:04. Connor McCarron in eleventh, and Pedro Ochoa placed fourteenth with a 19:56 time.

There were a few wounded soldiers for both the girls and boys teams which handicapped them over the weekend.

"I have a sinus infection, so this is not my best," explained freshman Pam Jantzi, who came in as the second Mariner runner. As well, varsity runner Drew Brown did not race this weekend due to a sprained ankle still in recovery.

Angelina Skowronski is a freelance writer living in Homer.