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Liberal tops Olney in pancake race

Feb. 20, 2007 at 2:19 PM

LIBERAL, Kan., Feb. 20 (UPI) -- High school senior Jessica Lash made the pancake dash in Liberal, Kan., in 63.1 seconds, beating Olney, England's time by nearly 10 seconds.

Carrying a skillet with a pancake, Lash, 18, a student at Liberal High School, beat trans-Atlantic winner Jane Hughes, 42, who made the 415-yard Shrove Tuesday run in 73.5 seconds.

The rivalry began in 1950, based on the tale of an Olney, England, housewife who in 1445 was startled in the midst of making pancakes by the church bell marking the start of the shriving service the day before Ash Wednesday.

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