Shirilla leads Wyoming sled dog race

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2003

JACKSON, Wyoming (AP) -- Montana musher Melanie Shirilla has widened her lead in the International Pedigree Stage Stop Sled Dog Race in Wyoming.

Shirilla won the 53-mile fifth stage of the race Wednesday. She entered the day with a 59 second lead over Gwen Holdmann of Fairbanks and widened that lead to more than 16 minutes after yesterday's 53 mile run.

Holdmann remains in second place overall. Jacques Philip of Nenana is in third place.

The two other Alaska mushers in the race remain in the top ten overall. Ken Anderson, Holdmann's husband, is in seventh place while Jessie Royer of Fairbanks is in ninth place.

Shirilla has a cumulative five-day time of 16:32:15, while Holdmann has a time of 16:48:17. Philip has an overall time of 16:52:57. Anderson's total time was 17:29:59, while Jessie Royer was at 17:43:25 overall.

The eight-day stage race concludes Saturday.

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