Monday, May 21, 2012

NICA State Champions!

The National Interscholastic Cycling Association's (NICA) NorCal and SoCal High School Leagues wrapped up their 2012 season with the State Championship Race in Los Olivos yesterday, and Whole Athlete-Specialized juniors did not disappoint. Three state titles and eight podium finishes underscored the young riders' success. 

Silas Blunk
Silas Blunk takes the Junior Varsity Title.
Josie Nordrum (Redwood) finished the Varsity Girls season on top, earning a well-deserved California State Title as the super-consistent Mackinzie Stanley (Drake) landed on the podium once again in 4th. Silas Blunk (Independent) took a breakthrough victory in the Junior Varsity race, going 1-2 with teammate Sean Bennett (El Cerrito), while Sarah Ogden (Redwood) capped off an undefeated Junior Varsity Girls season with her title.

Josie Nordrum, Sarah Ogden
State Champs Josie Nordrum (Varsity) and Sarah Ogden (Junior Varsity).

The extremely competitive Varsity Boys race saw a small yet super-strong group battling it out to the end, with Lucas Newcomb (Drake) taking 3rd, Jacob Albrecht (Santa Cruz Composite) 4th and Casey Williams (Independent) rounding out the podium in 5th.

Lucas Newcomb
Lucas Newcomb follows eventual winner Taylor Smith on his way to a top-3 finish.

Casey Williams
Casey Williams battles the heat and a back-row starting spot to claw his way up to 5th on the day.
Josie Nordrum
Josie Nordrum leads Shayna Powless on her way to eanring the Varsity Girls Title.

JV podium
Silas Blunk and Sean Bennett 1-2 on the Junior Varsity Podium.
JV podium
State Champ, Sarah Ogden undefeated in Junior Varsity Girls.

Varsity Girls podium
A familiar sight, Josie Nordrum and Mackinzie Stanley on the Varsity Girls podium once again.

Varsity podium
Varsity Podium: Taylor Smith 1st, Tobin Ortenblad 2nd, Lucas Newcomb 3rd, Jacob Albrecht 4th and Casey Williams 5th.
Check out all the team's 2012 top-10 results here.

Next up for the team is the USAC European Race Camp for Lucas Newcomb, Shane Skelton and Josie Nordrum, where they will be racing in Switzerland and Belgium the next two weekends. Then it's onto the team's high altitude training camp in preparation for the National Championships in early-July. 

Stay tuned for more exciting news...

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