Woolly Rhino Classic

Daya Allegood, left, sprints toward the finish line to stay ahead of Ellie Abrahamson in the grades 3-4 girls 1.5-kilometer classic technique mass-start race during the Kinross Fort Knox Town Race Series No. 3 Woolly Rhino Classic ski races Sunday at Birch Hill Recreation Area.

FAIRBANKS — Local skiers of all ages flocked to the Birch Hill Recreation Area on Sunday to compete in the Woolly Rhino Classic, the third race in the Kinross/Fort Knox Town Race Series hosted by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks.

Tjarn Bross won the women’s 7.5-kilometer race with a time of 28 minutes, 29.5 seconds, while Lathrop High School cross-country skiing coach took the men’s 10K title in 33:15.1.

Delilah Fischer (9:41.7) won the 1-kilometer race for kids in kindergarten through second grade, while Oliver Taylor (8:24.2) finished first in the boys race for the same class.

Daya Allegood (10:33.8) was the girls 1.5K champion for grades 3-4, and Reid Merrill (9:22.0) took the boys title in the same class.

For grades 5-6, Emma Lyons won the girls 2K in 11:43.6, and Kieran Kaufman (9:37.6) captured first place for the boys.

Olivia Soederstrom (10:19) was the girls 2.5K champion for grades 7-8, while Elias Engman took the top spot in the boys race with a time of 9:28.9.

Bross also served as the high school girls champion, and Daryn Espinosa (36:06) won the boys high school 10K. 

Complete results from the Woolly Rhino Classic are published above.

Distance Series

The second race in the 20th Annual Buetow Dental-Pangaea Health Distance Series, organized by the Nordic Ski Club of Fairbanks, is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Birch Hill Recreation Area.

The January Jaunt features a two-lap, 20K mass-start classic technique event a one-lap 10K or those wishing to race a shorter distance.

There is a $15 entry for NSCF members and a $20 free for nonmembers through Thursday. Race-day entries will be accepted between 9:45-10:45 a.m. Saturday, though those entries will be $5 more than the early fee.

Register now at bit.ly/2HbeY5a or visit nscfairbanks.org for more information.

Contact News-Miner sports writer Brad Joyal at 459-7530. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMSportsGuy.