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In race two of Nissan Rainy Season Series
DESPITE Mother Nature providing some rain showers early in the day, cyclists made their way to Tiyan to participate in the second race of the Nissan Rainy Season Series.
Riders of all levels of experience made for an exciting event in both the Open and Age Group as well as the Recreational. Racers in the men’s division brought nothing but their best and provided all with a race filled with intensity.
In the men’s Open and Age Group, less than four minutes separated the top finisher from the fifth-place finisher. Leading nearly the entire race around the mud-filled course, Open division rider Derek Horton managed to cross the finish line first and claimed stake to top honors after recording an official time of 58 minutes, 32 seconds.
Horton was challenged for most of the race as second-place finisher Cameron O’Neal was hot on his tail as he completed the six-lap course in less than a minute (59:19) later.
Despite finishing second, O’Neal had other things to worry about as fellow Open division racer Art Guerrero wasn’t too far behind. O’Neal managed to fend off Guerrero who came in one second (59:20) later. Rounding out the top five slots for the men was Mark Walters and James Sardea. Walters and Sardea completed the race in 1:00:57 and 1:02:02, respectively.
Horton beats Perez in female division
The men weren’t the only competitive racers that day as seven determined ladies battled one another for the race-two crown. Cruising in to the finish line in 1:17:01, Monessa Horton defeated her nearest competitor by more than a minute. Horton never let her guard down throughout the race and left no room for second-place finisher Ayshalynn Perez to make a move. Perez was clocked in at 1:18:17.
Finishing in third place for the women was Sonja Oviedo who finished in 1:20:45. Rounding out the last four spots for the ladies were Jaime Fahy, Karly O’Neal, Tressie Word, and Jami Skornia.
Palmes, Johnsonwin in Recreational
Accommodating the different levels of experience, racers were also able to compete in the recreational division that consisted of three laps. Breezing his way to victory in the men’s division, Rolando Palmes beat out Raimundo Ortiz for a first-place finish. Palmes finished the shorter course in 34:42, while Ortiz clocked in at 36:56. Rounding out the third spot for the men was Jojo Gimoto with a time of 39:44.
In the ladies side, Erin Johnson beat out her nearest competitor by nearly five minutes to clinch the top spot in the second race of the series. Johnson’s time of 38:50 beat out second-place finisher Tara Tydingco’s time of 43:03. Clinching the third spot was Rieko Lyell. Lyell finished with a time of 47:38.