Joe Hamilton leads the mass start during the Division II race of the Palmer Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)

Joe Hamilton leads the mass start during the Division II race of the Palmer Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)

Homer’s Daigle wins at Palmer Invite; Kenai girls, boys take 2nd

Homer senior Autumn Daigle won the girls Division II race at the Palmer Invitational, while the Kenai girls and boys both took second in Division II team races, on Saturday.

Daigle finished the 5-kilometer course at 19 minutes, 29 seconds, to top runner-up Katie Best of Monroe Catholic by 42 seconds.

The Kenai girls took second, scoring 48 points to match champion Grace Christian, but losing out because the Grizzlies had the faster fifth runner.

Logan Satathite was third for Kenai at 20:12, while Jayna Boonstra was fourth at 20:25, Leah Fallon was 10th at 21:05, Summer Foster was 13th at 21:30, Mikaela Hall was 25th at 22:23 and Kaya Cox was 62nd at 26:36.

Homer finished fourth on the girls side, with Eryn Field in 19th at 21:56, Kara Super in 30th at 23:00, Mariah McGuire in 37th at 23:54, Maddox Berg in 42nd at 24:40, Leah Dunn in 43rd at 24:42 and Leah Evans in 61st at 26:21.

Also from the peninsula in the Division II girls race was Seward’s Hana Cooney in 33rd at 23:20.

Maison Dunham led Kenai to second on the boys side by taking sixth at 17:04, with Tristian Merchant of ACS winning at 16:11. Grace won the team title with 30 points, while Kenai had 81.

Also for the Kards, Joe Hamilton was 10th at 17:19, Nathan Haakenson was 13th at 17:44, Ky Calvert was 26th at 18:37, Tucker Mueller was 28th at 18:44, Tyler Hippchen was 40th at 19:11 and Josh Foster was 57th at 19:49.

The Seward boys took fourth at the meet, with Max Pfeiffenberger leading the way in 14th at 17:52. Trey Ingalls was 15th in 17:54, Bjorn Nilsson was 18th in 18:13, Jaden Van Dyke was 21st in 18:25, Levi Deboard was 32nd in 18:58 and Sam Koster was 35th in 19:02.

Homer was fifth, with Eyoab Knapp in seventh at 17:09, Seamus McDonough in 27th at 18:43, Lance Seneff in 30th at 18:51, Clayton Beachy in 37th at 19:07, Devin Wise in 38th at 19:07, Austin Cline in 49th at 19:29 and Damon Weisser in 63rd at 20:12.

At the Division I level, Chugiak’s Hyrum Nelson won at 15:18, while the Dimond boys took the team title. On the girls side, West Valley’s Kendall Kramer won at 17:32, while South Anchorage took the team title at 52.

The Soldotna boys were 13th, with Bradley Walters in 24th at 17:06, Anchor Musgrave in 65th at 17:57, Lance Chilton in 69th at 17:58, Maleda Denbrock in 78th at 18:26, Jack Harris in 81st at 18:34, Quinn Cox in 94th at 19:12 and Avery Willets in 96th at 19:14.

The Soldotna girls were 11th, with Jordan Strausbaugh leading the way by finishing 32nd in 20:15. Also for the Stars, Erika Arthur was 44th in 20:57, Ryann Cannava was 63rd in 21:48, Cameron Blackwell was 69th in 21:56, Jordan Ruffner was 70th in 21:57, Katie Delker was 76th in 22:17 and Isabella Dammeyer was 89th in 23:28.

Daigle wins at ACS 3K Challenge

Homer senior Autumn Daigle won the junior-senior girls race Friday at the ACS 3K Class Challenge at Cheney Lake in Anchorage.

Daigle crossed at 11 minutes, 57 seconds, to top the 12:44 of runner-up Anna McLaughlin of Grace Christian.

Also from the peninsula in the junior-senior girls race, Homer’s Brooke Miller was seventh in 13:03, Homer’s Kara Super was 15th in 13:53, Seward’s Maranatha Brueckner was 18th in 14:09, Seward’s Hana Cooney was 19th in 14:10, Nikolaevsk’s Elizabeth Fefelov was 24th in 14:31, Nikolaevsk’s Isabelle Hickman was 30th in 14:58, Homer’s Mckenzy Johnson was 38th in 16:25, Nikiski’s Emily Hufford was 44th in 20:23 and Seward’s Natalia Garcia Salce was 45th in 20:40.

Seward’s Max Pfeiffenberger led the peninsula by taking seventh in the junior-senior boys race at 10:53, with Anchorage Christian Schools junior Tristian Merchant winning at 9:15. Also from the peninsula, Seward’s Bjorn Nilsson was 11th in 11:09, Seward’s Trey Ingalls was 12th in 11:09, Seward’s Jaden Van Dyke was 13th in 11:14, Homer’s Clayton Beachy was 20th in 11:31, Seward’s Levi Deboard was 24th in 11:40, Seward’s Sam Koster was 26th in 11:41, Homer’s Austin Cline was 28th in 11:46, Nikiski’s Bryan McCollum was 32nd in 11:59, Nikiski’s Yorik Bastuck was 33rd in 12:06, Seward’s Cody Bryden was 44th in 13:09 and Nikiski’s Boden Quiner was 52nd in 14:57.

Grace Christian’s Elise Metzger won the freshman-sophomore girls race in 12:18. From the peninsula, Eryn Field was sixth in 12:45, Homer’s Mariah McGuire was 14th in 13:57, Seward’s Aly Guernsey was 15th in 13:58, Seward’s Lena Jagielski was 18th in 14:11, Homer’s Gracie Gummer was 19th in 14:23, Homer’s Lean Dunn was 20th in 14:25, Homer’s Maddox Berg was 23rd in 14:38, Homer’s Haylee Overson was 28th in 14:55 and Homer’s Leah Evans was 32nd in 15:21.

Grace Christian’s Preston Washington won the freshman-sophomore boys race at 10:22. From the peninsula, Nikolaevsk’s Justin Trail was seventh in 10:55, Homer’s Devin Wise was ninth in 11:02, Homer’s Lance Seneff was 11th in 11:07, Homer’s Seamus McDonough was 14th in 11:22, Homer’s Owen Pitzman was 18th in 11:38, Homer’s Lukyan Fairbanks was 22nd in 11:52, Homer’s Garrett Briscoe was 26th in 12:11, Homer’s Damon Weisser was 36th in 12:36, Nikiski’s Rory Gilmartin was 39th in 12:43, Homer’s Aiden Brost was 41st in 12:46, Homer’s Joel Manwiller was 52nd in 13:26, Seward’s Grant Hinders was 54th in 13:55, Nikolaevsk’s Josiah Brown was 57th in 14:33 and Homer’s Caleb Evans was 59th in 15:32.

Kenai’s Nathan Haakenson competes during the Division II boys race of the Palmer Invitational. He is in front of Seward’s Max Pfeiffenberger. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)

Kenai’s Nathan Haakenson competes during the Division II boys race of the Palmer Invitational. He is in front of Seward’s Max Pfeiffenberger. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)

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