Top of the World Loppet

Inuvik Racers Sweep Own Meet

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

15 April, 1969

Sixteen-year-old Fred Kelly of host Inuvik burned up the 16 Kilometer cross-country trail with a time of 62.69 last Saturday to take top honors in Inuvik’s Top of the World Ski Championships held on April 12 and 13. 

Kelly, winner of the National individual title, that is the U.S. title, for the last two years, whipped teammate John Turo of Inuvik by over two and a half minutes while the top American was third place Pete Kerns of the U.S. Biathlon team who finished in 65.14. 

Lathrop High’s Greg Wyman was the top Fairbanks racer, coming in 16th with a time of 74.60. The U of A’s Mike Sallee was 17th with a 74.79 clocking while Lathrop’s Eddie Denbow was 20th with a clocking of 79.11. 

The event was a success with 150 skiers from seven towns, cities and villages taking part. 

Canadians from such places as Quebec and Fort McPherson entered while Alaska was represented by Fairbanks and the Biathlon contingent from Ft. Richardson. 

Inuvik racers swept all six individual and both team events to send all the visitors home winless but determined to to better next year. 

The Firth sisters, Shirley and Sharon, both won their events as expected with Roxanne Van Enkevort placing third in the Women’s 8 Kilometer Race for Fairbanks’ best showing. 

In the 8 Kilometer Juvenile Boys event, Bob Brooks was the top Fairbanks racer with a time of 41.63 for seventh behind winner Herb Bullock’s 35.80. 

Laurie Van Enkvort of Main placed 10th in the 8 Kilometer Juvenile Girls event with a time of 44.41

In the Elementary Division, Angus Cockney sped over a 2 Kilometer course in 8.76 minutes with Kent Pyne the top Fairbanks racer with a time of 11.03 for 14th place. Kent is from University Park. 

Sheryl Sharp of Denali Grade School placed eighth in the girls elementary race with a time of 11.82 over the same course. 

Lathrop’s top team placed sixth in the Men’s 3X5 race with a time of 54.79 compared to winning Inuvik’s 49.56. 

The high school girls fared a little better with a fourth and a sixth place with times of 65.32 and 68.20 compared to Inuvik’s 56.05.