Conway Seavey nabs another Junior Iditarod crown

sports@adn.comFebruary 23, 2014 

Following in his family's paw prints, Conway Seavey of Sterling claimed his second Junior Iditarod championship Sunday, outdueling Ben Harper for a two-minute victory in the 132-mile sled dog race.

Seavey, 17, is the grandson of Iditarod pioneer Dan Seavey, the son of defending Iditarod champ Mitch Seavey and the brother of 2012 Iditarod champ Dallas Seavey.

He crossed the Big Lake finish line at 7:50 a.m. with all 10 of his dogs in harness.

Less than two minutes behind was Harper, a Wasilla musher who finished with nine dogs.

It was Seavey's fourth finish and second victory in the two-day race for mushers under the age of 18. Seavey was the 2012 Junior Iditarod winner and placed second last year to Noah Pereira of New York, who spent the winter working as a dog handler for the Seaveys.

Seavey, who started mushing at age 4, told Iditarod officials that he has no ambitions to mush professionally like Dallas and Mitch -- his interests veer toward singing and song writing.

The race started Saturday at 10 a.m. at Martin Buser's Happy Trails Kennel on Big Lake. The start and finish was move to Buser's kennel because of poor conditions at Knik Lake, where the race usually begins and ends.

Seavey was the first musher on Saturday to reach Yentna, the turnaround point where each musher took a 10-hour mandatory layover.

A field of nine competed, including Chugiak's Jimmy Lanier, who drove a team led by a dog named May who made news at last year's Iditarod. May broke loose from Newton Marshall's team at Rohn and spent six days on her own, traveling some 300 to 400 miles as she worked her way back to the familiar trails near the Lanier kennel in Chugiak.

This weekend, May led the young Lanier to fourth place, 10 minutes behind third-place finishing Kevin Harper of Wasilla.

Ben Harper won the humanitarian award snd his brother Kevin won the sportsmanship award.

Ashley Guernsey's dog Cletus was awarded the Blue Harness as the best lead dog.

Junior Iditarod

Final standings

1) Conway Seavey, 7:50 a.m. finish time; 2) Ben Harper, 7:52 a.m.; 3) Kevin Harper, 8:37 a.m.; 4) Jimmy Lanier, 8:47 a.m.; 5) Andrew Nolan, 10:06 a.m.; 6) Jannelle Trowbridge 10:21 a.m.; 7) Ashley Guernsey 11:11 a.m.; 8) Joshua Kiejka, 11:38 a.m.; 9) Nicole Forto, 3:20 p.m.

Jr. Iditarod champs

1978 Mike Neuman (senior division), Joe Good (jr. division)

1979 Clint Mayeur

1980 Gary Baumgartner

1981 Christine Delia

1982 Tim Osmar

1983 Tim Osmar

1984 Tim Osmar

1985 Lance Barve

1986 Lance Barve

1987 Dusty VanMeter

1988 Dan Flodin

1989 Jared Jones

1990 Jared Jones

1991 Brian Hanson

1992 Ramey Smyth

1993 Ramey Smyth

1994 Cim Smyth

1995 Dusty Whittemore

1996 Dusty Whittemore

1997 Tony Willis

1998 Charlie Jordan

1999 Ryan Redington

2000 Ryan Redington

2001 Tyrell Seavey

2002 Cali King

2003 Ellie Claus

2004 Nicole Osmar

2005 Melissa Owens

2006 Micah Degarlund

2007 Rohn Buser

2008 Jessica Klejka

2009 Cain Carter

2010 Merissa Osmar

2011 Jeremiah Klejka

2012 Conway Seavey

2013 Noah Pereira

2014 Conway Seavey

Jr. Iditarod champs

1978 Mike Neuman (senior division), Joe Good (jr. division)

1979 Clint Mayeur

1980 Gary Baumgartner

1981 Christine Delia

1982 Tim Osmar

1983 Tim Osmar

1984 Tim Osmar

1985 Lance Barve

1986 Lance Barve

1987 Dusty VanMeter

1988 Dan Flodin

1989 Jared Jones

1990 Jared Jones

1991 Brian Hanson

1992 Ramey Smyth

1993 Ramey Smyth

1994 Cim Smyth

1995 Dusty Whittemore

1996 Dusty Whittemore

1997 Tony Willis

1998 Charlie Jordan

1999 Ryan Redington

2000 Ryan Redington

2001 Tyrell Seavey

2002 Cali King

2003 Ellie Claus

2004 Nicole Osmar

2005 Melissa Owens

2006 Micah Degarlund

2007 Rohn Buser

2008 Jessica Klejka

2009 Cain Carter

2010 Merissa Osmar

2011 Jeremiah Klejka

2012 Conway Seavey

2013 Noah Pereira

2014 Conway Seavey

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