SoHi graduate Knight, Seward graduate Smith win Tour of Anchorage

A pair of graduates from Kenai Peninsula high schools climbed to the top of the Nordic skiing scene in Alaska on Sunday.

Soldotna graduate Brent Knight and Seward graduate Aubrey Smith won the 50-kilometer title at the Tour of Anchorage.

Knight finished in 2 hours, 4 minutes and 41.8 seconds in the race from Service High School to Kincaid Park. Dylan Watts was second at 2:05:23.

Knight was runner-up in the race three years ago and a third-place finisher last year.

Knight had warmed up for the Tour by finishing 21st in the American Birkebeiner in Wisconsin on Feb. 23. He finished that hillier 50K course in 2:14:09.

Smith won her title in 2:30:24. Raphaela Sieber was second in 2:33:07.

The Clarion will print full results of Kenai Peninsula finishers in Tuesday’s edition.

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