FORT KENT — A Quebec woman guided her team to a first-place finish in the Willard Jalbert Jr. Can-Am 60-mile sled dog race Saturday.
Manon Moore of St-Gabriel de Brandon, Quebec, finished first with a time of 6 hours, 52 minutes, edging out another competitor from the same town, Sylvain Robillard, who finished in 6:53:23.
Another musher from Quebec, Eric Chagnon of Parent, finished third in 7:18:53. Scott Johnson of New York (7:53:14) and Jessica Holmes of Portage (8:14:42) rounded out the top five in the field of 12 competitors.
Earlier in the day, Rico Portalatin of Westhampton, Mass., captured first place in the Pepsi Bottling of Aroostook/Allen’s Coffee Brandy Can-Am 30-mile sled dog race.
Portalatin enjoyed a comfortable margin of victory over second-place finisher Amy Dionne of St. David, who finished in 3:07:56. Peter Franke of New Durham, N.H. (3:22:46), Bailey Vitello of Brookfield, Mass. (3:28:07) and Frederick Hibbs of Millinocket (3:29:55) rounded out the top five in a field of 23 competitors.
Meanwhile, defending champion Ryan Anderson of Ray, Minn., maintained his lead in the Can-Am Crown 250-mile race after completing four legs of the race and with the final 42.4-mile leg remaining.
The leaders are expected to cross the finish line in Fort Kent Monday morning.
Anderson posted a time of 7:09:31 in the first leg of 65.7 miles, followed by times of 5:02:46 (46.3 miles), 3:39:14 (31.3 miles) and 6:11:42 (51 miles) to maintain his lead over Denis Tremblay of St-Michel des Saints, Quebec, and Laura Daugereau of Port Gamble, Wash.