By Vicky Sama
HSU Cycling has a team deep with talent this year, especially among its female riders. Ali Osgood, “HSU’s Golden Gravity Girl,” remains undefeated, winning all four collegiate downhill mountain bike races this season. She is certainly one of the fastest women descenders on the West Coast, with her DH finish times even faster than some of the men.
HSU ladies also dominate the climbs. Katelyn Hill is ranked the top woman rider in the Western Collegiate Cycling Conference after winning all but one of the cross country and short track races at Fresno and Reno and finishing second in the XC and STXC at Stanford. As the top points earner she wears the yellow leader’s jersey.
Sara Schneider powers downhill to stay at the top of her field.
Sara Schneider started her collegiate racing career late last year and is already winning downhill races in the women’s B collegiate category. She holds the top omnium spot in her field.
Clara Nilsen, Caryn DeFrees, Marina Marcroft and Ashley Hansen are racing strong while contributing to the team’s current number one ranking in the conference. And that’s an amazing feat for HSU– a Division II school beating out all Division I and II teams.
Osgood and Hill may take a break from the conference races to prepare for the Collegiate National Mountain Bike Championships at Beech Mountain on Oct. 25-27.