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John Bauer, Kerrin Petty Win Cross Country Titles

January 14, 1996

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) _ John Bauer of Champlin, Minn., looking to rejoin the U.S. Ski Team after two years on the sidelines, won his third straight national cross-country ski title Sunday.

Kerrin Petty of Townshend, Vt., won the women’s division for her first title, taking the 10-kilometer classical technique race in 38 minutes, 29.7 seconds.

``I can’t believe it, can’t believe it, can’t believe it,″ she said as her sister, Kristen, a former U.S. and NCAA champion, embraced her in the finish area.

Bauer, a student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, trains under former Soviet Olympic gold medalist Nikolai Anikin. He won the 15-km classical in 43:20.0, fattening a 26-second midpoint lead with a relentless pace through the hilly course.

Justin Wadsworth of Bend, Ore., was runner-up with a time of 44:21.9 and Marcus Nash of Fryeburg, Maine, took third in the field of 98 racers in 44:36.2.

Petty edged 1994 Olympic and University of Vermont teammate Laura Wilson of Montpelier, Vt., who won the 5-km classical race Friday at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

Petty, who stalked Wilson after starting 90 seconds later, had a 22-second lead at the end of the first lap and held it through the final 5 kilometers on the hilly course. Kelli Jo Lindeman of Anchorage, Alaska, was a distant third in 40:43.3.

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