JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Just as she did last year, Lina Streeper backed off a bit in the second leg of the Wyoming Stage Stop Race and allowed the field to reel her in a little. Streeper posted a 4:46:59 in yesterday’s 58-mile run to Kemmerer from Alpine. It was the 5th-fastest finish of the day and good enough to keep last year’s champ in the overall lead.
But the ‘yellow parka’ went to Bruce Magnusson who turned in a blistering 4:29:10—a full ten minutes ahead of the nearest racer, Jeff Conn, and good enough to thrust the Michigan musher into second overall. It’s his 13th Stage Stop, so Magnusson brings a ton of experience.
Bondurant’s Alix Crittenden finished with a respectable 4:41:02 to maintain third, overall. Dave Torgerson fell to fourth. The top four mushers are all separated by less than seven minutes.
It’s off to Big Piney/Marbleton today
Jerry Bath’s Take:
The race saw several other shakeups with Jeff Conn in second place today…putting on one of the best runs I have seen him do. Crittenden in third providing very consistent times on a daily basis. Dennis Laboda fourth in what was an amazing comeback from yesterday. Lina Streeper slipped to fifth with a steady run but not enough to be on the podium today.
Greta Thurston finished a strong 6th place… a real confidence builder for this 17-year-old. Austin Forney’s run was executed very well setting himself up for more. Dave Torgerson slipped quite a bit, I have not found out why. JR Anderson had a few dogs get cramps so that slowed him down. Laura Daugereau was 10th with a much-improved run over yesterday. Jerry Scdoris and Chris Adkins rounded out the day.