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Raney Wins 3,000 Meter Skate Event

December 27, 1998

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) _ Catherine Raney won the 3,000-meter race and Derek Parra the 5,000 Sunday on the first day of the U.S. Allround Speedskating Championships.

Raney, of Elm Grove, Wis., had a winning time of 4 minutes, 27.70 seconds at the Pettit National Ice Center to beat Rebecca Sundstrom of Glen Ellyn, Ill., by two-hundredths of a second. Parra of San Bernardino, Calif., won in 6:47.97, nearly three seconds faster than Nick Pearson of Vernon, Wis., who finished in 6:50.40.

Cory Carpenter of Brookfield, Wis., won the men’s 500 in 37.41 and Sundstrom the women’s 500 in 40.50. Pearson was six-hundredths of a second back of Carpenter in the 500 and Elizabeth Ochowicz of Oconomowoc, Wis., finished second to Sundstrom at 41.40.

KC Boutiette of Tacoma, Wash., who competed in the last two Olympics, finished third in the men’s 500-meter race and fourth in the 5,000. Shana Sundstrom, one of three speedskating sisters, was third in the 500-meter race and fourth in the 3,000.

The skaters will compete again Monday to qualify for three spots on both the men’s and women’s team that races in international World Cup events. Men and women will both race over 1,500 meters and the women will also skate a 5,000-meter race and the men a 10,000.

The U.S. Sprint Championships, for skaters who race at 500 and 1,000 meters, will be next Saturday and Sunday in Roseville, Minn.

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