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AK Beat: Randall finishes 15th in World Cup race while teammate shines

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Kikkan Randall finished 15th in a 5K classic-style World Cup race in Finland on Saturday Loren Holmes photo

APU teammate tops Randall: Kikkan Randall didn’t wind on the podium for a second-consecutive day, but America’s top cross-country skier still managed a solid 15th-place finish in Saturday’s 5K classic-style World Cup race in Kuusamo, Finland.  Her Alaska Pacific University teammate Sadie Bjornsen did even better with a seventh-place showing, the best by a North American in the race.  A third Anchorage skier from APU, former Olympian Holly Brooks, was 53rd in the race won by former Olympic champion Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland.  Bjornsen finished 28.5 seconds behind Kowalczyk and Randall was 47 seconds back. On Friday in a classic style sprint race, Randall finished second. 

Moderate quake strikes Unimak Island vicinity: A relatively small earthquake registering a magnitude of 4.2 shook the Unimak Island area nearly 100 miles east of Dutch Harbor Saturday at 3:23 p.m. There was no damage reported to the Earthquake Information Center from the shallow quake located at a depth of 16 miles.