Zambrana leads open field in Town Challenge

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Three races into the Town Challenge Mountain Bike Series and there are three different winners.

Barkley Robinson took his turn in the opener, Ian Prichard followed up in the second race of the season. But on Wednesday night, neither of the riders could catch Ben Zambrana, who topped the field in the open division of the Eye-to-Eye Cross Country race by more than a minute.

Zambrana finished the 10-mile course in a time of 46 minutes, 51 seconds. Ian Prichard was second at 47:54 and Robinson was third with 49:06.

Prichard said the open field at the Town Challenge Mountain Bike series always is competitive and that Wednesday was Zambrana's night.

On the women's side, Karen Tremaine cruised to her second win of the season.

Two weeks ago, she topped the field in the Thunderhead Hill Climb. On Wednesday night at Howelsen, she claimed her second win by completing the race in a time of 57:50.

Kelly Boniface crossed the finish line in second at 1:01:26, and Liz Rostermundt finished third with 1:02:38.

Other winners included Mark-O Ross-Bryant, who topped the men's expert 19-29 in a time of 50:25; Brad Cusenbarry, who topped the men's expert in a time of 51:38; and Marc Sehler, who topped the men's expert 40-plus in a time of 55:51.

In men's sport, Anthony Urbick won the 19-29 class in a time of 1:01:19; Wes Fountain won the 30-34 division in a time of 56.31; Matt Heydon won the 35-39 class in a time of 59:31; and Sandy Horner won the 40-49 class with a time of 57:24. Stephen Colby topped the 50-plus group with a time of 1:02:01.

In men's novice, Bo Randolph won the 19-29 class with a time of 44:48; David Rudnick won the 30-39 class with a time of 49:16; and Steve Faulkner won the 40-plus class with a time of 51:20.

Tara Lynn Johnson won the women's sport in a time of 53:25, and Carri Wullner won the women's sport 30-plus in a time of 50:59.

In the women's novice, Kim Boyce won the 19-29 class with a time of 47:57; Jennifer Ondick won the 30-39 class with a time of 50:30; and Mary Ann Keiss won the 40-plus class at 45:13.

In the youth 13-15 divisions, Wiley Thayer won the boys race and Anna Anderson won the girls. Trent Naused won the kids 9-and-under and Tucker Olson won the kids 10-12. Julie Hagenbuch won the Miller Lite class.

The Howelsen Hill Cross Country is the next race on the schedule for the Town Challenge. The race is scheduled for July 7 at Howelsen Hill.

-- To reach John F. Russell call 871-4207

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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