From NENSA and FasterSkier:
Canadian Daria Gaiazova continued a dominant Spring Series week, winning the 10K Classic, the Team Sprint, and today's 5K Freestyle while finishing 2nd in Thursday's individual sprint. Alaskan APUNSC teammates Tazlina Mannix and Olympian Kikkan Randall both made it to the podium. At the finish line, Mannix held second place for a brief moment before Randall topped her time to move her down to third. Mannix outgunned a number of other top skiers including Karin Camenisch (4th) and Maine Winter Sports Center athlete Kate Whitcomb, who came in fifth ahead of Alice Nelson, Dorcas Wonsavage, Christine Bisson, Kate Underwood, and Kristina Strandberg.
Conditions for the women's 5km race were somewhat soft but quite fast, thanks to a decision to move start times to earlier in the morning before warming temperatures could soften and slow the course. The winner Gaiazova, who had the fastest time by a whopping 31 seconds (13:20.7), said with the fast conditions she was able to one-skate (V2-alt) most of the hills.
Men's 10km results: http://www.nensa.net/sched&result/2006/Men_SS_10K.pdf
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