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The Nevada Union Mountain Bike Team turned up the heat on the competition, dethroning Drake and capturing first place against 10 Division I teams in the NorCal Mountain Bike League over the weekend at Folsom.

The win moved Nevada Union into third place in the team standings after the second race of the season. The Miners currently trail first place Drake and third place San Rafael.

The course was marked by sand and water hazards, which challenged the athletes and brought the strong conditioning of the Nevada Union team to the front. Propelled by Nate Byrom and Christine Weir, both of whom scrambled to first place varsity finishes, the Nevada Union team was backed by solid riding at all levels.



At the varsity level, chasing Byrom around the 24-mile, 4-lap course, were Chris Convis (10th) and Greg Hermansen (13th), in a field of 37 riders. With the win, Byrom is now the top ranked rider at the varsity level of the NorCal series, leading Drake’s Tyler Brandt by 19 points.

Weir stood atop the first place podium for the second time in as many races, besting the varsity girls’ division by a minute over the 18-mile, 3-lap course. In the varsity girls standings, Weir holds a 30-point lead over Lainey Aldridge of the Harbor High Santa Cruz team.




Leading the Miner’s junior varsity team was Casey Sanchez, who clawed his way up the rankings to second place in a field of 48 riders; closely behind were teammates Trevor Thomassen (11th), David Lowe (14th), Frank Piner (20th), Buddy Newman (21st) and Trung An (41st).

For the JV girls, Rachel Skalisky led the Miner team with a time of 1:18 around the 2-lap, 12-mile course. Similarly, Maya Ramos (16th in a field of 35 riders) led the NU freshmen with a time of 1:20.

Against a large group of 41 competitors, NU’s sophomore boys turned in a strong performance over 18 miles, with Max Floyd at ninth place, followed closely by Ben Prairie (15th), Ben Keck (18th), Evan Thibodeau (26th), Tyler Hayes (30th) and Julian Smallwood (31st).

The freshmen squad, competing against 35 athletes, surged upward as a group toward the top finishers, with Jeremiah Newman placing sixth, Brian Biersdorff (eighth), Mason Bond (ninth), Eric Green (10th), Lucas Turner (13th), Andrew Smith (14th), and Andy Perdue (29th).

Nevada Union’s next meet is in three weeks (March 30) at Grant Park in Santa Clara County.

Division I team rankings

1. Drake 7718

2. San Rafael 7681

3. Nevada Union 7641

n Division I varsity boys

1. Nate Byrom (NU) 1090

2. Tyler Brandt (D) 1071

3. John Bennett (EC) 1064

n Division I varsity girls

1. Christine Weir (NU) 1100

2. Lainey Aldridge (HH) 1070

3. Haley Woodruff (D) 1015

Source: http://www.norcalmtb.org


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