Teen-age unknown wins Henry Hahn 200 sled dog race

Posted: Tuesday, December 19, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Teen-ager Jessica Hendricks won the Henry Hahn 200 sled dog race.

Hendricks won the Junior Yukon Quest last year, but still didn't register on the radar of many adult racers. They aren't likely to overlook her now.

Hendricks passed up highly experienced mushers like Keizo Funatsu, who took second, Peter Butteri, who took third, and fourth-place finisher Charlie Boulding to win Sunday's race from the Pump House Restaurant to Angel Creek Lodge and back.

''It feels good, I guess,'' a sleepy-eyed Hendricks said while warming up inside the Pump House Restaurant following the finish.

Hendricks, who has been running dogs since she was 9, said she lost her team while trying to navigate an ice jumble near the start. She recovered enough to get in to Angel Creek at 52-mile Chena Hot Springs Road by 5:20 p.m. With her mandatory 6:46 layover at Angel Creek, Hendricks began her return trip at 12:06 a.m. and got to the Pump House just over seven-and-a-half hours later.

She said she plans to run the Tustumena 200 on the Kenai Peninsula in late January.

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