Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Gilliland finishes 16th in Sadler's Challenge

The 2009 Sadler's Alaska Challenge, the longest wheelchair and handcycle race in the world, continued on Tuesday with the 36-mile Hope Road race, which started at the Hope Road turnoff and concluded at a paved pullout by the river.

Kenai's Rick Gilliland, 46, placed 16th in a time of 2 hours, 54 minutes, 14 seconds in the Men's Longseat Handcycle division, while Germany's Elmar Sternath won the stage in 1:55:16. Other winners included Mexico's Saul Mendoza in Men's Wheelchair at 2:51:57, Netherlands' Monique Van der Vorst in Women's Handcycle in 2:21:39 and Chris Peterson, of the United States, in Men's Kneeseat Handcycle in 2:06:45.

The first stage of the seven-day event on Monday was a 14-mile Exit Glacier time trial in Seward, followed by the 12.4-mile Seward Criterium.

Gilliland finished 17th in the first portion in a time of 55:11 and then finished the Criterium in 42:30.

Gilliland now sits in 16th place overall with a total time of 4:32:05, while Sternath is in first at 3:12:51.

The race continues today at 9 a.m. with the Gird to Bird Time Trial, an 11.8-mile race that starts and finishes at the bike path north of the Glacier Ranger Station. The competition concludes with the eighth and final stage on Sunday, a 30-mile jaunt on Hatcher Pass Road.

Kenai Central physicals will be held Saturday

Dr. Carlson will be conducting physicals for Kenai Central student-athletes on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. at the high school. The cost of the physical is $15. For more information, call Stacia Rustad at 690-0255.

A meeting for all football players and parents will follow at 10 a.m. in the little theatre at Kenai Central when paperwork will be filled out and gear will be issued.

The first football practice is on Monday, July 27 at 8:30 a.m. at the school.

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