Third time's the charm for Seavey at Junior Iditarod

Posted: Monday, February 26, 2001

WASILLA (AP) -- The son and daughter of a pair of well-known Alaska mushers finished a close one- and two in the Junior Iditarod over the weekend.

Tyrell Seavey of Seward staged a late rally over Cali King of Denali Park to capture his first Junior Iditarod title by 34 seconds Sunday.

Seavey was runner-up in the 152-mile, two-day sled dog race over the past couple of years.

Seavey and his nine-dog team reached the finish line at Knik at 10:43 a.m. for an elapsed time of 14 hours, 13 minutes and 18 seconds. King and her 10 dogs finished in 14 hours, 13-minutes and 52 seconds.

Hannah Moderow, 16, from Anchorage, with nine dogs, finished in 14:59:47.

Seavey and King also are 16. They're the children of standout mushers in the 1,100-hundred-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome.

Seavey's father, Mitch, his grandfather Dan and brother Danny are entered in this year's Iditarod, which begins Saturday.

King's father, Jeff, is a three-time Iditarod champion and also is among the 79 entries.

Seavey, who placed second to Ryan Redington in 1999 and last year, received first-place prizes of a $3,000 scholarship, a sled and two round-trip tickets to Nome for the finish of the Iditarod race.

King received a $1,500 scholarship and Moderow was given a $500 scholarship.

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