Randall ends season as world's 6th-best skier

Anchorage's Kikkan Randall wrapped up the World Cup season Sunday with a 13th-place finish in the circuit's final race, a result that makes the East High graduate the sixth-best female cross-country skier in the world.

Randall, a four-time Olympian, wound up sixth in the World Cup's overall standings, a showing boosted by her prowess in sprinting racing -- earlier this month, she clinched her third consecutive World Cup sprint title.

Therese Johaug of Norway won Sunday's race, a 10-kilometer freestyle pursuit, a victory that solidified her standing as the World Cup's top overall skier.

Johaug won the race in 24 minutes, 25.5 seconds; Randall was 3:49.4 behind her.

"I really feel like I left it out there today," Randall said in an email. "I had a chance to catch up to 10th place but unfortunately face-planted with 500 (meters) to go. I definitely skied a hard race.

"It feels really good to wrap up the World Cup season. I didn't accomplish all the goals I set, but I gave it my best effort and that's what matters most to me. I'm feeling fired up to improve for next year."

Also turning in solid races for the U.S. women on Sunday were Vermont's Liz Stephen, who placed 17th, and Anchorage's Sadie Bjornsen, who was 22nd.

Two other American women finished in the top 25 of the overall standings -- Minnesota's Jessie Diggins (20th) and Vermont's Sophie Caldwell, a World Cup rookie (23rd).

Leading the U.S. men was Colorado's Noah Hoffman, who placed 21st in the 15-K pursuit and 28th in the overall standings. Anchorage's Reece Hanneman placed 37th in the race.


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