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Posted: Sunday, March 24, 2013 11:58 pm | Updated: 12:00 am, Mon Mar 25, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Salcha veterinarian Arleigh Reynolds capped a stellar mushing season by tying for first place in the Tok Race of Champions Sunday in Tok.

After Saturday’s opening heat was canceled due to inclement weather, the Open class was reduced to a one-day 16-mile sprint.

Reynolds and Ken Chezik, of Fife Lake, Mich., finished in a tie after posting identical times of 49 minutes, 26 seconds.

Since mushers leave the starting line in interval starts and there is no radio coverage of the race, neither musher knew how the other was doing until the final times were announced.

The victory enabled Reynolds to claim the Triple Crown of sprint mushing in Alaska as he won the Fur Rendezvous World Championship in February in Anchorage and the GCI Open North American Championship last weekend in Fairbanks.

Nathan Sterling finished third in the Open class in 50:31, followed by Brooke Hartum in 51:00 and Mari Hoe-Raitto in 51:37.

There were 12 mushers competing in the Open class.

The six- and eight-dog classes each had 24 mushers and were able to complete two days of racing.

Dawn Brown captured the eight-dog class, posting an overall time of 4 minutes, 31 seconds.

Brooke Hartum earned the runner-up spot in 47:12, just one-second ahead of first-day lead Trish Brennan.

Bonnie Borba finished fourth in 47:48 and Kris Rasey rounded out the top five in 48:00.

Leanne Kinvig earned first place in the six-dog class notching a 33:13 for two days of racing. Debra Summer was second in 33:34 and Ami Gjestson was third in 33:43.

Grace Bailey and Kimberly Wells finished fourth and fifth, respectively in 34:03 and 34:09.

Minto 90

Veteran musher Mark May posting a victory in the Minto 90 sled dog race held Saturday and Sunday in Minto.

May won both 45-mile heats, edging Daryl Krause in both 45-mile heats from MInto to Old Minto and back.

The temperatures were in the single digits and the trail was somewhat soft on Saturday.

The thermometer dropped to 20 below and the trail hardened for Sunday’s second heat.

May posted a time of 3 hours, 20 minutes, 27 seconds on Saturday and 3:23:48 on Sunday for a two-day time of 6:44:15.

Krause registered a 3:21:33 on Saturday and a 3:32:20 on Sunday for a total of 6:53:53.

Beth Manning finished in third place notching a 3:54:11 on Saturday and a 3:36:33 on Sunday for a 7:36:44 total.

May earned $700 for his first-place finish, while Krause collected $500 and Manning picked up $300.

The race was sponsored by Bigfoot Pumping and Thawing.

The Minto Spring Carnival sprint races, with separate women’s and men’s divisions, are scheduled for April 5-7 in Minto.

Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.

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