Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Neilson and Shayna Powless take 1st and 2nd at XTERRA (mountain bike off road triathlon) on Sept. 22 in Ogden, Utah

 Local Roseville High School Phenomenal student athletes, Neilson (sophomore) and Shayna Powless (recent RHS grad, currently attending UCLA) both qualified for World Championships XTERRA to be held in three weeks.  Neilson earned his second consecutive Championship National Title in the 15-19 age group, but was also the first amateur finisher amongst the professionals with his 12th place finish overall.  He also won all three of his XTERRA qualifying races including Incline Village, Portland and Lake Tahoe as the youngest competitor.  His overall champion/finisher in all three races (including the professionals), was exceptional for a then 15 year old.  He continues to juggle racing X/C for Roseville High School with triathlons, while posting some new meet records, and overall best times, in cross country including the Folsom High School 3 mile course in 15:23.
    His sister, Shayna finished 2nd at XTERRA Nationals, after a full summer of traveling and representing the U.S.A. Olympic Jr. Team in Europe (where she finished an amazing 2nd in the Swiss Trophy and 3rd in the Belgium Cup).  Then she represented her Bike Team BMC by finishing 2nd in New York in the Windham Cup, 2nd in the World Cup before earning two silver medals at UCI National MTB Champs. in Idaho.  She was second in both the MTB X/C and super D in addition to 5th in the short track combined ages.  Next, Shayna will compete in her first collegiate bike race representing UCLA this weekend in Reno, Nevada.
     Good luck to the “Powless Siblings” in XTERRA World Championships on Oct. 27th in Maui, Hawaii.

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