Hakkinen takes 15th in World Cup
Kasilof’s Jay Hakkinen finished 15th, moving up from 25th, in the men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit Friday in a World Cup biathlon race in Antholz, Italy.
The solid showing was important to Hakkinen because the World Cup races in Antholz are the last before the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.
“I was trying to do things right today,” Hakkinen said in a released statement. “That is about all it was. I wanted to get the feeling of a high pressure pursuit before the Olympics.”
Hakkinen finished 25th in Thursday’s 10-kilometer competition to give him his starting position Friday. His solid race Friday moved him up to 15th.
“I better be happy with it,” Hakkinen said. “That is all I have. Everything is going in the right direction and that is important.”
Area skiers compete in Besh Cup
The third in the series of six Besh Cup races was held Saturday at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. The Besh Cup series is used to determine Alaska’s teams for the Junior Nationals and Arctic Winter Games.
In the 10-kilometer freestyle race, Homer graduate Aleta Phelps was the top junior and fourth overall, finishing in 34 minutes, 45.7 seconds. Olympic skier Kikkan Randall, a Senior, was the top skier in the race, finishing in 31:37.7. Also from the peninsula, Seward’s Sarah Glaser was 16th and Homer’s Erika Klaar was 20th.
The girls Junior 2/Junior 3 3-kilometer freestyle was won by South Anchorage’s Caitlin Patterson with a time of 11:34.8. From the peninsula, Kailey Mucha of Soldotna Middle School was 17th, Claire Laukitis of Homer was 23rd, Emma Teal Laukitis of Homer was 33rd, Danielle Rehm of Cook Inlet Academy was 45th and Bree Mucha of Soldotna Elementary was 51st.
The men’s 15-kilometer freestyle was won by Chris Seaman with a time of 36:57.1. Andy Liebner, a Soldotna graduate, was sixth in 38:35.3. Also from the peninsula, Morgan Jones of Homer was 17th, Christopher Hall of Kenai was 32nd, Erick Romig of Skyview was 39th, Skyview ski coach Kent Peterson was 45th, Soldotna’s Caleb Chase was 46th, Seward’s David Apperson was 47th, Jens Klaar of the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club was 49th, Max Milliron of Soldotna was 53rd, Michael Mumm of the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club was 56th, Dustin Reid of Kenai was 58th, Gus Beck of Homer was 66th, Taylor Karnikis of Skyview was 70th, Kenneth Jones of Kachemak Nordic Ski Club was 71st, Eddie French of Soldotna was 79th, Kirk Louthan of Kenai was 84th and Jon Berryman of the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club was 88th.
David Norris won the Junior 2-Junior 3 3-kilometer race with a time of 10:04.1. Trent Semmens of Kenai was eighth in 10:44.6. Also from the peninsula, Tommy Honer of Skyview was 18th and Travis Semmens of the Kenai Nordic Club was 50th.
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