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FACES IN THE CROWD
Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
February 20, 2012
FRANCIS TIAFOE
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February 20, 2012

Faces In The Crowd

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FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS > FIGURE SKATING

Ashley, an eighth-grader at Shadow Ridge Middle School who trains at the Dallas Figure Skating Club, won the intermediate ladies' gold at the U.S. junior championships. She came back from a ninth-place finish in the short program to win the free skate, executing a triple toe loop--double toe loop combination, for 68.05 points and a 99.41 cumulative score to take the title by just .35 of a point. Ashley returned to skating a year ago after sustaining stress fractures to two lower back vertebrae.

JEN PEEKS

BETHEL, ALASKA > SLED-DOG RACING

Peeks, 31, a mental health counselor at the University of Alaska--Fairbanks, became the first woman to win the Bogus Creek 150 in the 24-year history of the overnight round-trip race from Bethel to Bogus Creek. An event rookie, racing for Kaiser Racing Kennel, Peeks finished in 17:41:19, completing the 146-mile course with seven of her 10 dogs to defeat two-time defending champion Lewis Pavila (Kwethluk, Alaska) in 0° temperatures with 25-mile-per-hour gusts and powdery trail conditions.

RASHAD WRIGHT

AGAWAM, MASS. > BASKETBALL

Wright, a 6'10" junior center at Keene (N.H.) State, hit a jump hook to score the go-ahead basket with 1:12 to play and then blocked Middlebury's potential game-winning basket with 2.2 seconds left to lead the Owls to a come-from-behind 77--76 win over the previously undefeated Panthers. He had a team-high 15 points and nine boards, rallying his team from a 10-point deficit with just over six minutes left to help Keene (18--5 through Sunday) knock Middlebury from the No. 1 spot in Division III.

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