Roseville’s Powless siblings qualify for XTERRA off-road triathlon worlds
Sophomore Neilson Powless took a break — if one could call it a break — from the cross country team at Roseville High School to compete in the XTERRA USA Championship on Sept. 22 in Ogden, Utah.
Older sister Shayna Powless, a spring graduate of Roseville and now a freshman at UCLA, had an open weekend so competed, too.
Now they’ll have to set aside Saturday, Oct. 27, for the XTERRA World Championships in Maui, Hawaii.
Neilson Powless won his second national championship in a row. His total time of 2 hours, 43 minutes, 32 seconds (25:46 swim, 1:33:16 bike, 44:30 run) captured the 15-19 age group and placed him 12th among the pros. There were 319 competitors in the field.
“It was awesome,” Powless was quoted as saying in a story on the XTERRA Web site. “I couldn’t ask for a better race. I wasn’t expecting to win top overall because there are some incredible athletes here.”
Powless and girls 15-19 winner Hannah Rae Finchamp, both 16, became the youngest overall amateur champions.
Meanwhile, Shayna Powless rode her summer hot streak into the fall and finished as the runner-up to Finchcamp with a time of 3:11:20 (31:08 swim, 1:45:43 bike, 54:29 run).
Competing with the BMC Mountain Bike Development Team USA, Powless followed a third-place finish in the Grand Prix d’Europe in Malmedy, Belgium, with a second-place finish in the Swiss Bike Trophy junior women’s race in Bern, Switzerland. She also was third in the Belgium Cup and fifth in the Windham World Cup.
Powless will make her collegiate debut this weekend in Reno.
Neilson Powless also rolled through the summer, winning three consecutive XTERRA qualifying races in Incline Village, Portland and Lake Tahoe.
Roseville tops Woodcreek — The Tigers bounced back from a loss at Rocklin to top visiting Woodcreek on Tuesday. Both scores were 7-2.
Roseville won two of three doubles matches against Woodcreek. Sisters Ujunwa and Kelechi Ukaegbu won their singles matches for Roseville’s only points against Rocklin.
Roseville (5-7 overall, 1-2 SFL) plays host to Nevada Union (0-3) on Thursday and Del Oro (2-1) next Tuesday. Woodcreek (0-3) is host to Rocklin (3-0) on Thursday. Del Oro is at Granite Bay (3-0) on Thursday, and Granite Bay travels to Rocklin next Tuesday.
Boys water polo
Granite Bay splits two — The Grizzlies defeated Nevada Union 16-7 in an SFL match Tuesday and lost to Davis 13-8 in a nonleague match Wednesday.
Nathan Pinkney scored eight goals and Max Vigeant four at Nevada Union, and goalie Tyler Kinney blocked 11 shots. Pinkney and Vigeant each scored two goals against Davis, and Kinney blocked four shots.
Roseville 12, Bear River 11 — Evan Attica and Eric Waters had four goals and two assists apiece to help the Tigers nip the Bruins. Attica also had four of Roseville’s 12 steals.
Elijah Keaton scored two goals for Roseville, Bryce Reichmann had two assists, and Waters and Jacob Darby each had two steals. Goalie Chance Owen made 27 saves and had two steals.
Girls water polo
Granite Bay 11, Nevada Union 8 — The Grizzlies (9-2, 3-1 SFL) blanked the host Miners in the fourth quarter and pulled away from an 8-8 tie on goals by Kat Conen, Grace Reego and Hayley McAvoy.
Reego led Granite Bay with five steals and four goals, including an outside high corner shot from five meters at the end of the first half. Conen scored three goals, including a backhand in the third period. McAvoy and Megan Klingler scored two goals each, and freshman Megan Plank had three assists. Klingler went cross cage corner for one goal.