Davis, Waclawski lead M's to 2nd at Homer Invite
Jacob Davis and Denver Waclawski both turned in sensational outings this past weekend and helped lead the Homer Mariners to second in the final standings at the 2018 Homer Invitation cross-country ski meet. The event was held Friday and Saturday.
Backed by a pair of top-10 finishes from Davis and Waclawski, Homer skied its way to a second-place finish in the varsity boys' standings in Saturday's skate race. The Mariners finished just a cumulative seven minutes, 42.9 seconds behind Soldotna in the final standings. Kenai Central placed third.
Davis topped the Mariners' efforts in the event. After placing second in Friday's classic race, he finished third overall on Saturday with a time of 14:30.7. His time was just 15 seconds behind overall winner John-Mark Pothast of Soldotna, who checked in at 14:14.1.
Waclawski added to Homer's success by finishing sixth overall with a time of 15:39.8.
Josh Wisner, Ben Kettle and Tanner Reid also did well for the Mariners. Wisner took 12th overall, while Kettle and Reid finished 15th and 16th, respectively.
In Friday's classic race action, Davis and Waclawski finished second and third, respectively.
In the girls' varsity races, Katia Holmes finished third overall on Friday with a time of 20:02. She was also third in the skate standings on Saturday.
Zoe Stonorov and Brita Restad also turned in solid outings. Stonorov was fifth in Friday's race with a mark of 21:21.2, and sixth overall on Saturday at 18:02.2. Restad was 11th on Friday at 23:52.3 and 14th on Saturday at 21:50.5.
The Homer girls owned the junior varsity division on Saturday. As a squad, they edged out Kenai for the top spot in the standings. Kettle and Wisner checked in at No. 13 and No. 14, while Reid was 17th.
Kate Baring highlighted the Lady Mariners' outing. She won the JV girls' 5-kilometer skate race with a time of 18:21. Libby Fabich, Ellie Syth and Kara Super also finished in the top 10 in the standings. Fabich was fifth at 24:09.1, while Syth took eighth at 26:06.8. Super was ninth at 26:13.5.
The JV girls had finished second on Friday's classic race.
Liam Houlihan paced the HHS JV by taking 10th at 22:16.9 on Saturday. Rio Pitcher and Ancil Chandler were 11th and 13th, respectively. On Friday, Pitcher placed 10th in the classic standings. Houlihan was 11th and Chandler was 13th.