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Streit continues streak

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Emma Garrard/Sierra SunNordic skier Tav Streit of Reno passes snowshoe racer Bill Raitter before the downhill portion of the 18th Annual Billy Dutton Uphill at Squaw Valley USA on Sunday. Streit won the race in a time of 34:26.
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Nordic skier Tav Streit of Reno defended his Billy Dutton Uphill title for the third consecutive year Sunday, finishing more than two minutes ahead of the next-closest competitor in a time of 34:26.

The 18th annual event at Squaw Valley USA ” a race held in remembrance of local legend Billy Dutton that sends participants 2,000 vertical feet in 3.2 miles ” attracted a record number of 148 athletes, including many who took on the mountain with snowshoes.

In fact, snowshoers captured six of the top 10 spots, with Bill Raitter (36:30) and Jeff Devlin (37:22) finishing second and third behind Streit, who has won the race each year since 2004.

This year Streit had his work cut out for him early as Raitter led for most of the race. On the final climb, however, Streit passed Raitter approximately 30 feet from the top and increased his lead to more than two minutes on the downhill stretch to the finish.

“I knew I could pass him on the downhill, but I wanted to pass him on the uphill,” said Streit, who matched to the second his winning time in 2004. Streit finished in 35:04 in 2006 and 38:43 in 2005.

Rory Bosio placed first among women and 13th overall in 44:12, while Kimball Pier (46:26) was the second female finisher and placed 18th overall.

Sara Freitas was the first female snowshoe racer to cross the finish in 48:11 (25th overall).

Nordic skier Jeff Schloss of Truckee placed fifth overall (38:34).

For complete results from the 2007 Billy Dutton Uphill, visit http://www.farwestnordic.org.