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by Ricoh Riott

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina—In her third year racing Nationals, Kaya Musgrave (Avout Racing) won her first National Champions jersey today in Asheville. North Carolina’s Keren Bennett (Evolution Jr. Devo  Team) and Boulder, Colorado’s Reagan Long joined her on the podium.

In a fast start, Bennett took the holeshot and lead the pack off the seal and into the first section of the course. Wasting no time, Musgrave attacked and gained the lead on the climb over Ingles Heckle Hill.

Junior Women 11-12, 2016 Cyclocross National Championships. © Cyclocross Magazine

Junior Women 11-12, 2016 Cyclocross National Championships. © Cyclocross Magazine

She held this lead over the Kask fly-over, but Bennett wasn’t giving up easily and reclaimed the head of the race before they reached that section again, and managed to hold it as the pair headed back out towards Bonk Breaker Hill.

2016 USA Cycling Cyclocross Female Junior 11-12 National Championship Podium

2016 USA Cycling Cyclocross Female Junior 11-12 National Championship Podium.

Neither rider had a clear advantage as they duelled up the long climb and down the technical descent. With the finish line looming, a sprint broke out and Musgrave edged ahead through the final corner, holding her lead over the line to win with only one second in it.

The sprint of the day: Kaya Musgrave and Keren Bennett. Junior Women 11-12, 2016 Cyclocross National Championships. © Cyclocross Magazine

The sprint of the day: Kaya Musgrave and Keren Bennett. Junior Women 11-12, 2016 Cyclocross National Championships. © Cyclocross Magazine

It was a further 30 seconds before Long joined them in the finish tent, with Lilly Ferguson (Central Junior Cycling Devo) and Autumn Bartels completing the podium.

2016 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships Junior Women 11-12 Full Results

PlNameTeamTime
1Kaya MUSGRAVEAvout Racing17:59.
2Keren BENNETTEvolution Jr. Devo Team17:59.
3Reagan LONGBoulder Junior Cycling18:55.
4Lilly FERGUSONCentral Junior Cycling Devo19:36.
5Autumn BARTELS19:50.
6Alison MCKEITHANEvolution Jr. Devo Team20:19.
7Katherine SARKISOVRock Creek Velo20:23.
8Ella BRENNEMANNuts About Granola/Hoffman DieC20:41.
9Alexa STIERWALTLionhearts Junior Racing20:49.
10Ava LARKINEndorphin Fitness Juniors22:00.
11Gabriella COZZAUPMC/ Pro Bikes22:15.
12Mallory BRYANTWENTY16 Ridebiker Development22:20.
13Alyssa HOUSEFlorida DEVO22:32.
14Irene BENAVIDES PEREZ24:17.
15Izabella SHAFFER24:42.
16Olivia LAWSONCelo Pacific24:51.
17Sadie SCHEERxXx Racing26:36.
18Abigail SMITHAsheville Youth Cycling Club27:18.
19Liliana NAVARROKCOI U2030:39.
20Julia DUENKELSBUHLER18:34.
21Ellen WARDEN19:08.

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Junior Women 11-12, 2016 Cyclocross National Championships. © Cyclocross Magazine

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