Miners crank out podium positions
The Union staff
Two of Nevada County’s finest young mountain bikers, Christine Weir and Nate Byrom, finished first and second, respectively, at the varsity level of the season’s first NorCal mountain bike race held this past weekend at Fort Ord, near Monterey.
Weir, a Nevada Union sophomore, devastated the varsity competition, besting the second place finisher by more than three minutes over the 18 mile, three-lap course.
Byrom, a NU junior racing four laps for 24 miles, narrowly missed the first spot by mere seconds as the sprint to the finished favored John Bennett from El Cerrito. Also racing varsity were NU juniors Chris Convis (11th) and Greg Hermansen, who finished 18th in the field of 38.
Racing for the JV boys, on the 18 mile course in a determined field of 54 riders, were Casey Sanchez (7th), Trevor Thomassen (11th), Buddy Newman (16th), David Lowe (18th), Frank Piner (19th), Rusty Bailey (25th), and Trung An, a foreign exchange student who competed in his first race ever.
Sophomore Boys, also racing the 18 mile course in a field of 38, included Max Floyd (12th), Evan Thibodeau (16th), Ben Prairie (18th), Ben Keck, Julian Smallwood , and Tyler Hayes.
Finishing first for Nevada Union in the JV girls race was Rachel Skalisky, who completed the 12-mile course with a time of 1 hour and 6 minutes. Maya Raymos, in her first race for the Miners, finished 13th among the freshmen/sophomore field of 37.
Competing in the freshman boys division, which had 37 riders, were Jeremiah Newman (8th), Brian Biersdorff (10th), Mason Bond (11th), Lucas Turner (14th), Andrew Smith (15th) and Andrew Perdue. Eric Green survived a six-person pileup right before the finish line and still placed well, running with his bike across the finish to 16th place.
Overall, NU placed fourth in the Division I field of 10 schools with 3,757 points to first-place Drake, which had 3841 points.
Nevada Union’s next race is at Folsom this Sunday.
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