Jason Mackey crosses the finish line on Sunday to win the 23rd running of the Clam Gulch Classic sled dog race. "I've been doing this my whole life and this is my first win," he said.
Photo by Joseph Robertia
Jason Mackey takes Clam Gulch Classic
Jason Mackey won the two-day, 76-mile Clam Gulch Classic Sled Dog Race held on Dec. 30-31.
Mackey finished with a time of 6:30 to claim his first ever victory.
Tobie Hansen finished second with a time of 6:48.50, Mike Barnett placed third with a time of 6:54.22, Colleen Robertia claimed fourth at 6:54.35, Will Faulkner finished fifth at 6:55.44, Brennen Norden placed sixth with a time of 7:39.17 and Josh Hudson, Jr. finished seventh with a one-day time of 4:02.13.
In the touring class, Nathan Van Gulden came in eighth with a time of 8:02.58 and Melissa Stavola finished ninth at 8:04.10.
Hakkinen, U.S. finish ninth
Kasilof biathlete Jay Hakkinen and the U.S. men’s relay team finished ninth in a World Cup relay race on Thursday in Oberhof, Germany. The U.S. team finished 6 minutes, 28.6 seconds, behind winner Russia.
Hakkinen skied the opening leg for the U.S. and went into the prone shooting stage in second place. However, he struggled at that stage, with three extra shots and a penalty, and fell back into the middle of the 22-team field.
“I should not have had that penalty,” Hakkinen said in a U.S. biathlon release.
Hakkinen shot well in the standing stage, needing just one extra shot. He tagged off in ninth position and his teammates held that place over the last three legs.
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