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June 25, 2012
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15-year-old wins XTERRA Tahoe City

Neilson Powless of Roseville and Heather Lyman of South Lake Tahoe captured respective wins in the XTERRA Tahoe City triathlon at Commons Beach on Saturday.

Powless, who at 15 was the youngest competitor in the international-distance field, posted a winning time of 2 hours, 38 minutes, 18 seconds. That was fast enough to beat Damian Gonzalez of Stockton, the only Pro/Elite racer in the field, who came in at 2:40:09. Phillip Glenn of Reno was third in 2:43:02.

Lyman, 31, finished first among women and 14th overall in a time of 2:57:45, while Genevieve Evans of Carnelian Bay was the second woman and 18th overall in 3:01:28. Kara LaPoint of Truckee placed fourth among women and 29th overall in 3:09:24.

Rob Laurie, 46, of Incline Village led the local contingent with a 10th-place finish overall in 2:52:01. Truckee’s Donatas Ereminas, 30, was 19th in 3:03:51.

A total of 110 athletes completed the race, which featured a swim consisting of two 750-meter laps, a 22-mile bike ride and a 5-plus-mile run.

In the sprint triathlon — one 750-meter swim lap, a 13-mile bike and a 3-mile run — Keith Terada of Redwood City took the overall win in a time of 1:53:58, while 15-year-old Andrew Clusserath of Soda Springs was runner-up in 1:55:02.

Rebecca Clifton of Salinas was the top woman and 11th overall in 2:14:38. A total of 44 athletes finished.

For the non-swimmers, the event also included a duathlon consisting of a 2-mile run, a 22-mile bike and a 6-mile run. Jen Todd of Newbury Park won in 2:59:06.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jun 25, 2012 01:26PM Published Jun 25, 2012 01:24PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.