Soldotna's Allie Ostrander, 13, won the junior girls race on Mount Marathon on Sunday, shattering the 1997 record of Aubrey Smith. Ostrander defended her title in the race halfway up and down the 3,022-foot mountain in 31 minutes, 15 seconds, to break Smith's record of 33:01. Eagle River's Alexander Babos, 17, also defended his junior title, winning in 27:29.
Seward's Cedar Bourgeois won her seventh straight women's race up and down the 3,022-foot mountain. Bourgeois finished in 51:48, coming from behind to defeat Holly Brooks by 10 seconds.
In the men's race, University of Alaska Anchorage ski coach Trond Flagstad won his second title in three years by running the mountain in 44:40. Eric Strabel was second in 45:42, while defending champ Matias Saari was third in 46:10. Brent Knight, a graduate of Soldotna High School, finished fourth in 46:24 one year after collapsing with the finish line in sight while leading the race. Andy Liebner, another graduate of Soldotna, was sixth.
Richard McGahan Jr. won the 50-lap Stock Car Challenge on Sunday at Twin Cities Raceway to win $1,000. Charley Tegerdine was second for $300, while Dan Detjens was third for $200. All three were driving B-Stock cars.
There also was a $500 prize for the top A-stock finisher. That went to Dustin Bass. Jackie McGahan of the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions - Circle Track Division said the racers were able to get the event in between rain showers. McGahan said rain started falling in the 40th lap of the 50-lap event, so the last 10 laps were slick.
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