Magnusson was magnificent, Streeper stumbles, top 4 all bunched closely

 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.

Belly rub gets the mind right. It’s pretty good for the dog, too.

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.

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