The Next Level

Posted: Monday, January 10, 2005

Hakkinen finishes 26th in pursuit

Kasilof's Jay Hakkinen put together another solid World Cup showing Sunday, finishing 26th in the 12.5-kilometer pursuit in Oberhof, Germany.

Hakkinen, starting 17th after earning that spot in the 10-kilometer sprint on Friday, had a solid first half of the race. During the first shooting stage, Hakkinen had one penalty and maintained his position because most of the field also had penalties.

In the second shooting stage, Hakkinen was perfect and stood in 16th place. Hakkinen, battling gusting wind, then had two misses in the third stage and two misses in the fourth stage to slip to 26th. Hakkinen had wanted to get his second top-15 finish of this World Cup season.

"I did not feel real good today," he said in a press release. "I was a bit sluggish and just could not go on the last loop. Taking yesterday off (because he was not yet feeling 100 percent) probably hurt me a bit. I did not get that 15th place."

Another 15th-place finish would qualify Hakkinen for the 2006 Winter Games. He has already skied in two Olympics.

Gabriel scores first collegiate goal

Brian Gabriel Jr., a graduate of Kenai Central High School, had his first collegiate goal Friday. Gabriel, a freshman on the Holy Cross hockey team, scored the short-handed goal with 1:22 left in the Crusaders' 3-1 victory over American International at the Olympia Ice Center in West Springfield, Mass.

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