Sadie Bjornsen capped the best start of her career Sunday by grabbing 10th place in a World Cup pursuit race in Kuusomo, Finland. She was one of several Anchorage skiers who enjoyed solid results on the first day of freestyle competition after two days of classic-technique racing on the demanding trails at the Ruka ski area. Kikkan Randall, a four-time Olympian, turned in her best result in the three-day, season-opening series by registering Sunday's eighth-fastest time in the women's 10-kilometer race. She had finished 48th in the previous day's 10K classic, and her effort Sunday allowed her to finish the pursuit in 25th place. Bjornsen, who set the tone for her strong start Friday by qualifying for the Olympic team with a second-place finish in the classic sprint, had  Sunday's second-fastest time by an American and 11th fastest overall to move from 23rd place to 10th. "Today, it was my goal to catch the group in front of me, and then just hang on for dear life," Bjornsen said by email. "I woke up feeling good, and recovered after the past two days, so I was feeling excited to see what I can do in skate skiing. I feel like I dug deeper than I have in a long time, and was really satisfied when I finally got to the finish line." Erik Bjornsen, Sadie's brother, started the pursuit in 26th place and finished in 26th place to score World Cup points on three straight days. Chris Grover, the head coach of the U.S. Ski Team's nordic squad, was impressed by Bjornsen, who led the U.S. men. "This was a great opening World Cup Tour for Erik and we got to see his versatility, skiing equally strong in both skate and classic, sprint and distance, as well as his improved fitness," Grover said in a news release from the U.S. Ski Team. "Erik has been in outstanding shape all prep season and it is showing already on the World Cup." Also showing promise was Scott Patterson, who moved all the way up from 86th place to 55th in the pursuit. His 15K freestyle time Sunday was the 31st fastest of the day. Two other skiers from Alaska Pacific University's nordic ski center also improved their positions in the pursuit. Rosie Brennan started 33rd and finished 28th, and Chelsea Holmes