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Three skiers in World Cup Nordic races in Canada

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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 11:58 pm

FAIRBANKS—Three skiers from Fairbanks are scheduled to compete in World Cup Nordic races in Canada during the next weekends.

Reese Hanneman, a former Lathrop High School standout, and Becca Rorabaugh, a former West Valley standout, are competing in sprint events Friday and Saturday in Quebec City, Quebec, and joining Lathrop grad David Norris in distance races on Dec. 13-16 in Canmore, Alberta.

Hanneman and Rorabaugh train at the Alaska Pacific University Nordic Center in Anchorage and Norris is a junior skier at Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.

The action in Quebec City begins Friday with team sprint, in which two persons on each squad go three times each on a 1.7-kilometer course. The competition starts with semifinals and the top 10 advance to the finals.

Saturday’s event is an indiividual sprint, also 1.7K.

Racers go out in 15-second intervals for the qualifying heats, starting with the highest-ranked skier in the world. The event features quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.

In Canmore on Dec. 13, Norris will race in the men’s 15K mass start skating race.

The participants will have Dec. 14 off for training. Hanneman and Rorabaugh are slated to race Dec. 15 in a 1.3K sprint.

Norris is the only one among the Interior Alaskans who is set to race in a skiathlon on the final day in Canmore. The event includes 15K for women which they will compete in a 7.5K classic and a 7.5K skate race. The men will go for 30K, with 15K classic and 15K skate formats.

Lizotte runs *at Foot Locker

Lathrop High School junior Brooke Lizotte placed 40th among 136 finishers Saturday in the girls seeded race of the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships West Regional in Walnut, Calif.

Lizotte charged over the 5-kilometer at Mt. San Antonio College in 19 minutes, 36 seconds. It was 18 seconds off the pace that led to her third-place finish in the Class 4A girls state championship race at Bartlett High School in Anchorage on Sept. 29.

The Lathrop standout’s time Saturday placed her 43rd overall among all the girls at the Foot Locker who competed at 5K distances.

Kodiak sophomore Levi Thomet, this year’s 4A boys state champion, placed 31st Saturday in the Foot Locker boys seeded race in 16:24. Thomet’s time in California was 13 seconds slower than his title run at Bartlett.

Snowshoe race

The Almost Solstice Snowshoe Race is scheduled for noon Saturday at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.

Racers of all ages are invited to participate in the 1-mile race sponsored by Running Club North and the Dowtown Association of Fairbanks.

There is no entry fee for the event and snowshoes will be available from race organizers.

Prizes from downtown businesses will be awarded after the race.

For more information, contact Chad Carroll at *458-7173.

Contact staff writer Danny Martin at 459-7586.

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