Alaskan skier wins U.S. Cross Country

Updated: January 8, 2009, 11:29 PM ET
Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Local favorite Kikkan Randall won the women's 1.2-kilometer sprint Thursday to close out the U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships in Anchorage.

Kris Freeman took the men's competition in a championship event that featured four days of canceled races because of subzero temperatures.

Randall finished in 3 minutes, 54 seconds. She edged out Laura Valaas (3:56.6), also of Anchorage, and Lindsey Dehlin, of Marquette, Mich., (4:00.7).

Freeman, of Thornton, N.H., won the final heat of the men's 1.4-kilometer race in 3:38. He defeated Mike Hinckley, of Anchorage, by 1 second and Chris Cook, of Rhinelander, Wis., who finished in 3:40.

Weekend races and competition Tuesday and Wednesday were canceled because of temperatures below minus-4, the minimum needed to compete. Temperatures at times reached 15 below zero.


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