Kenai's Rick Gilliland on Thursday finished 22nd in the Men's Handcycle Longseat division in the fifth stage of the 2009 Sadler's Alaska Challenge, the longest wheelchair and handcycle race in the world.
Gilliland, 46, finished the 36-mile Tour of Cordova portion of the rigorous competition in 2 hours, 56 minutes, 4.3 seconds, well behind Germany's Elmar Sternath, who won his fifth straight stage in a time of 1:48:53.1.
Other winners included Mexico's Saul Mendoza in Men's Wheelchair in 2:47:56.8, Netherlands' Monique Van der Vorst in Women's Handcycle in 2:07:22.9 and the United States' Chris Peterson in Men's Handcycle Kneeseat in 1:49:17.7.
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.
In Tuesday's 36-mile Hope Road race, the third stage which started at the Hope Road turnoff and concluded at a paved pullout by the river, Gilliland placed 16th in a time of 2:54:14.
On Wednesday in the 11.8-mile Gird to Bird Time Trial, Gilliland took 21st in 58:15.4.
He now sits in 19th place overall after five stages with a total time of 8:26:14.6, while Sternath leads the Men's Handcycle Longseat division with an overall time of 5:33:51.2.
The competition continues today at 12:45 p.m. with the 55-mile Thompson Pass Road Race, which starts in Valdez and finishes near the Tikel River Lodge. It continues on Saturday with the 54-mile Lake Louise Road Race, which begins at the Wrangell St. Elias National Park headquarters, and then concludes with the eighth and final stage on Sunday, a 30-mile jaunt through Hatcher Pass.
Soldotna High School volleyball tryouts will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 10-11 from 3 to 7 p.m. Players should wear a numbered shirt and bring court shoes, snacks and water. Players should also obtain a sports physical prior to participating. Please call 262-9501 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or require further information.
The Kenai Peninsula Youth Football Camp Punt, Pass, and Kick contest results were announced recently. The winners are as follows:
6-to-7-year olds -- First place, Gabe Aburto (44 yards); First place, Ray Chumley (44); Third place, Levi Rosin (35 ).
8-to-9-year olds -- First place, Galen Brantley III (56 yards); Second place, Cody "Bubba" Quelland (48); Third place, Brady Martin (47).
10-to-11-year olds -- First place, Mikhail Wright (73 yards); Second place, Dalton Best (69); Second place, Tristan Landry (69).
12-to-13-year olds -- First place, Colton Young (133 yards); Second place, Westen Price (109); Third place, Doung Durst (98).
The competition wanted to thank Carla Miller and Lana Syverson for handling registration and Pop Warner for supporting the camp. It also issued a special thank you to Kenny Werth, Michael Erickson, John Shirley, Braden Price, Chase Jenson, Jake Jansen, Dakota Elsey, Nathan Strieby and especially Jeremy Chezik and James Knoebel for volunteering as coaches.
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.
Usually held on a Friday, the five-kilometer-plus Everything but the Red Run will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Tsalteshi Trails.
Registration is at 5 p.m. and there is a $5 entry fee. For more information, contact Tom Seggerman at 262-3189.
There will be a demolition derby on Saturday put on by the Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions Circle Track Division at Twin Cities Raceway. The gates will open at 4 p.m. and the derby will start at 6 p.m.
The results of the July 18 event at Twin Cities follow:
Feature: 1. Joey Essex; 2. Mike Bailey; 3. Frank Soares.
Heat 2: 1. Joey Essex; 2. Mitchell Soares; 3. Mike Bailey; 4. Bob Reinhart.
Heat 1: 1. Joey Essex; 2. Mitchell Soares; 3. Bob Reinhart; 4. Mike Bailey.
Qualifying: 1. Joey Essex; 2. Devaney; 3. Chet Soares; 4. Mike Bailey.
Feature: 1. Area 1 Racing; 2. Jake Savely; 3. Jimmy Hale; 4. Shawn Anderson; 5. Corrie Hagedorn.
Heat 2: 1. Jake Savely; 2. Area 1 Racing; 3. Shawn Anderson; 4. Jimmy Hale; 5. Corrie Hagedorn; 6. Joel Delan; 7. Scott Braswell; 8. Brian Shannon.
Heat 1: 1. Area 1 Racing; 2. Brian Shannon; 3. Scott Braswell; 4. Joel Delorn; 5. Corrie Hagedorn; 6. Jimmy Hale; 7. Jake Savely; 8. Shawn Anderson.
Qualifying: 1. Area 1 Racing; 2. Scott Braswell; 3. Brian Shannon; 4. Jimmy Hale; 5. Jake Savely; 6. Shawn Anderson; 7. Joel Delorn; 8. Corrie Hagedorn.
Feature: 1. Marty Monsaas; 2. Sissy Bird; 3. Ken Carlock; 4. Ken Johnson; 5. Debbie Yancy.
Heat 2: 1. Debbie Yancy; 2. Marty Monsaas; 3. Sissy Bird; 4. Ken Carlock; 5. Ken Johnson; 6. Mike Morgan.
Heat 1: 1. Ken Carlock; 2. Debbie Yancy; 3. Marty Monsaas; 4. Sissy Bird; 5. Chet Soares; 6. Ken Johnson.
Qualifying: 1. Chet Soares; 2. Debbie Yancy; 3. Marty Monsaas; 4. Ken Carlock; 5. Sissy Bird; 6. Ken Johnson; 7. Mike Morgan.
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