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HSU ladies team finished 1, 2, 3 in Sunday’s crit in downtown Sacramento, while the men took top ten in B, C and D categories. In a long sprint to the line, Traci Kroll won the women’s category C, 30-minute crit at William Land Park, in her first-ever collegiate race against more than 25 women riders, the largest group of women B or C racers ever in a conference crit, according to WCCC director Hanns Hartman. Jamie Lira came in second and Kaydee Raths third, for a podium sweep for HSU. Elena Dolitsky and Martina Glaros finished 10th and 11th, proving those weekend crit practices certainly prepared us our first race of the season.
Ryan Spaulding was on fire picking up points left and right in the Men’s B crit on Sunday, finishing third in the field spring and winning a prime and getting second in another prime. He finished an impressive 5th in Saturday’s road race after getting in an early break with only a few strong riders.
Steve Pearl finished 3rd in Saturday’s 31-mile road race in Livermore. He finished 12th in Sunday’s Men’s C crit, narrowly escaping a crash that forced him to bridge up to the lead break. Teammates Josh Schultz and Nate Abel also had strong finishes in both races– but as of press time, their results were not posted.
HSU dominated the Men’s D field, which was 70-men strong, so the race directors split it into two groups of cyclists with odd and even race numbers. Tim Davidson got 5th in Sunday’s crit after finishing 23rd in Saturday’s road race. Kevin Pabinquit got 7th in the crit and 20th in the road race. Steve Allen got 7th in the crit and picked up more points by getting a 3rd place prime. Michael Malocha finished 9th in the crit and 29th in the road race. Gianpaul Ferioli and Robert Coombs finished in top 20s in both races.
These were incredible results all around, especially considering most of our riders were participating in their first-ever collegiate road races. With the experience gained, HSU is bound to be better at the next one!
Thanks to alum Evan Gibbs for invaluable help organizing the team at the races.