Harman teenager wins GNCC championship

Catlyn Bennett, 15, of Harman, recently won the Grand National Cross Country National Championship in her age class.

Bennett, in the youth girls division (8-15), competed in a 13-round series, missing the first race at River Ranch Fla., after her bike blew up in Springville, Ind., and having a bad wreck in Millfield, Ohio.

She finished the season with five first-place finishes.

Bennett is hoping to have more first-place finishes in the 2013 race season, and he goal is to repeat as champion.

Bennett is sponsored by Tri-County Honda in Petersburg.

“I would like to thank everyone that has supported me,” said Bennett, the daughter of Derrick and Pamela Bennett.

The Can Am Grand National Cross Country series is America’s premier off-road circuit. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Production. Cross country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. GNCC races lead as many as 1,500 riders through tracks ranging in length from 8 to 12 miles with varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections.

GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed.

The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC is televised and airs weekly on NBC sports.

For more info please visit www.gnccracing.com.