Nov 05

Weekly Collegiate Race Recap – November 5, 2013

WCCC: Chico Race Weekend – by Kirsten Pearsons


Winner of the Men's Cross Country Race, Eliel Anttila of UC Berkeley

Winner of the Men’s Cross Country Race, Eliel Anttila of UC Berkeley

Even though nationals have come and gone, the WCCC is still gearing up for our own State Championships. This weekend’s competition was hosted by CSU Chico at the Oroville Dam Spillway within the Sierra Nevada foothills. Saturday morning started off with the spectator friendly short track of sweeping dips and transforms through the trees. Men’s A Mr. bieber Graves and Women’s A Katelyn Hill took first for the Humboldt State’s lumberjacks. Following short monitor, the fast and furious downhill race continued through the afternoon with Justin Graves taking his second win for the day as fellow teammate Ali Osgood won women’s A’s. Attendance at Sunday’s cross country had been lower than usual (as expected considering that Nationals was just last week), but those who did race were rewarded with plenty of single monitor descents, a short uphill, and, when they found time to look up from the paths, a nice view of Lake Oroville. Eliel Anttila won the Men’s A cross country race for UC Berkeley. Once she started, Erika Pearsons of CSU Sacramento in no way even saw the competition as the girl soloed the whole race to take 1st in women’s A’s. The weekend closed with clouds rolling within and the wind picking up as cyclists descended the flowy Super Deb course. Chico’s own Dane Petersen, Andy Garzoli, and Lowen Lewis-Quigley swept the men’s fields whilst Humboldt’s Ali Osgood and Sara Schneider swept the women’s fields.

Next week’s race is the last competition before the WCCC Championships and will be managed by UC Davis in Auburn.

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