The Next Level

Posted: Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Seward's Smith scores silver medal

Aubrey Smith, a graduate of Seward High School, won a silver medal at the 2004 Chevy Truck U.S. Cross Country Championships Saturday in Rumford, Maine.

Smith crossed the finish line in the 30-kilometer race with two other skiers. Sarah Konrad won in 1 hour, 30 minutes, 22.4 seconds, Smith was second in 1:30:25.6 and Katrin Migun was third in 1:30:27.1

Smith had a number of other solid finishes at the championships. She was 10th in the 15-kilometer classical race, 13th in the 5-kilometer classical race, seventh in the 5-kilometer freestyle race and 12th in the sprint race.

Kasilof's Hakkinen competes in World Cup

Jay Hakkinen, a graduate of Skyview High School, competed in a World Cup biathlon race in Pokljuka, Slovenia, recently.

Hakkinen finished 45th in a 10-kilometer sprint Thursday. He missed just one target in that race, and was looking forward to moving up in Saturday's 12.5-kilometer pursuit. However, strong winds fouled up his shooting in that race, and he finished 46th.

The Next Level highlights Kenai Peninsula athletes who have gone on to participate in athletics after high school. If you know of such an athlete, contact the Peninsula Clarion sports staff by phone at 283-7551, by fax at 283-3299 or by e-mail at

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