Ellis rallies to win sled dog race

Anchorage Daily News / adn.comJanuary 10, 2012 

Egil Ellis came from behind Sunday to overtake Arleigh Reynolds and win the open class of the Montana Creek Dog Musher Association's championship race at Montana Creek. Ellis trailed Reynolds by 21 seconds after Saturday's 13-mile opening race, but his team of 16 dogs completed Sunday's 15-mile race in 47 minutes, 23 seconds to win by 38 seconds.

Ellis' 28-mile time was 1:28:54, and Reynolds finished in 1:29:32 with a team of 14 dogs to secure second place. Bill Kornmuller and his team of 16 dogs finished third in 1:32:46.

Using the smallest team of dogs in the open class, four-time Iditarod champion Jeff King finished in 11th and last place with a team of eight.

Montana Creek Dog Musher Association

Final results (two-day times)

Four dog (eight miles) -- 1) Kim Wells, 28:20; 2) Jennifer Sterling, 32:28;

Skijor (eight miles) -- 1) Becky Voris, 31:56; 2) Greg Jurek, 31:57; 3) Emilie Entrikin, 32:18; 4) Rebecca Knight, 33:03; 5) Kim Wells, 33:27; 6) Ellen Donoghue, 34:25; 7) Jeff King, 47:18.

Six dog (12 miles) -- 1) Ami Gjestson, 35:56; 2) Greg Sellentin, 36:57; 3) Koroush Partow, 37:44; 4) Bev Stevens, 38:44; 5) Jennifter Sterling, 38:52; 6) Evelyn Beeter, 39:35; 7) Trisha Seibold, 40:08; 8) Lance Best, 43:52; 9) Ellen Donoghue, 51:20.

Eight dog (16 miles) -- 1) Christian Taveau, 50:52; 2) Jennifer Probert, 50:53; 3) Evelyn Beeter, 51:00; 4) Ed Arobio, 51:48; 5) Jennifer Sterling, 52:57; 6) Koroush Partow, 54:14; 7) Mari Wood, 54:24; 8) Marvin Kokrine, 56:05; 9) Marilyn Beeter, 57:49.

Open (28 miles) -- 1) Egil Ellis, 1:28:54 (16 dogs); 2) Arleigh Reynolds, 1:29:32 (14 dogs); 3) Bill Kornmuller, 1:32:46 (16 dogs); 4) Nathan Sterling, 1:35:33 (16 dogs); 5) Greg Sellentin, 1:35:37 (14 dogs); 6) Erik Renneberg, 1:37:30 (14 dogs); 7) Marvin Kokrine, 1:38:33 (14 dogs); 8) Will Kornmuller, 1:38:45 (16 dogs); 9) Mari Wood, 1:38:55 (12 dogs); 10) Mari Hoe-Raitto, 1:39:06 (11 dogs); 11) Jeff King, 2:01:45 (eight dogs).

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