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Roseville’s Powless is youngest amateur triathlon world champ

By: Staff Reports
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Roseville High School sophomore Neilson Powless became the youngest overall amateur champion at the XTERRA World Championships when he won the 18-year-old triathlon competition Oct. 28 in Maui.

Powless, who’s still competing with Roseville’s cross country team, was fourth in the 15-19 age group in the swim (22 minutes, 37 seconds), first in the bike (1:37:27) and second in the run (42:31).

His winning time of 2:42:35 also ranked 23rd in an overall field of 651 competitors, including 70 pros. Javier Gomez of Spain was the top pro in a time of 2:26:50.

Powless qualified for Hawaii by winning the XTERRA USA Championship in September in Ogden, Utah. He won three consecutive XTERRA qualifying races last summer in Incline Village, Portland and Lake Tahoe.

Powless’ sister, Shayna, a 2012 Roseville graduate and UCLA freshman, placed fourth among female amateurs and 17th overall. Her time of 3:18:15 included 27:41 in the one-mile swim, 1:54:17 in the 19-mile bike and 56:16 in the six-mile run.

Lesley Paterson of San Diego won the women’s pro competition for the second year in a row with a time of 2:44:12, and Hannah Rae Finchamp of Altadena was the top female amateur at 3:05:56.

There was a tsunami warning the night before the competition. It was lifted the next morning.