It’s been labeled the toughest, most spectacular and most unique race on the Grand National Cross Country Series schedule, but for Walshville’s Travis Lentz and Morrisonville’s Jhak Walker, it was just another chance to add a top five to their collection.
Lentz, Walker and Carlinville’s Reece Frankford all raced in the youth division at round nine of the GNCC, held at the Snowshoe Mountain ski resort in West Virginia on June 26-27. The race starts in town, then moves on to some of the toughest terrain racers will see on the schedule, with deep mud bogs, massive tree roots and large hills dotting the course.
Walker finished fourth in the Super Mini Senior (14-15) class, completing eight laps in 1:40.05.054. Cole Forbes of Richmond, VA was the top finisher, running eight laps in 1:33:33.019.
Walker is currently tied for sixth in the Super Mini Senior class with 122 points. He has finished in the top 10 eight times in nine races, in the top five four times and tied his best finish of the year in the GNCC at Snowshoe.
Lentz picked up his top five with a fifth place finish in the 65cc (10-11) class. With a time of 1:43:03.54 for six laps, Lentz was less than seven minutes behind the winner, Nash Peerson of Fairview, NC.
In the overall standings for 65cc, Lentz currently sits first with 146 points, six more than Caleb Wood, who won the first seven rounds of the series, and 13 more than Peerson, who has won the last two. Lentz has six top five finishes in nine races and hasn’t finished lower than eighth in the series.
While Walker was in the senior class, Frankford competed in Super Mini Junior (12-13) and finished 20th in a time of 1:32:43.450 for six laps.
The GNCC will take a break until September now, when The Mountaineer (Round 10) takes place at Summit Bechtel Reserve in Beckley, WV, on Sept. 11-12.