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Teano advances to National race

The Sandy High senior is raising money to travel to Tennessee for Nationals


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Sandys Brendan Teano slides through the dirt during last months Regional qualifier. Sandy High’s Brendan Teano, 17, qualified for the MotoCross Amateur Nationals later this month in Hurricane Mills, TN. Teano moved through the area qualifiers in April before finishing fourth at the Northwest Regionals three weeks ago to claim the last spot onto the big stage.

Regionals included a pair of five-lap races with the top four finishers based on cumulative time advancing. Racing in the 250B category, Teano was fourth after his first run and needed to match that finish in the second race to punch a ticket to nationals.

“There were about 40 of us coming out of the gates, and I didn’t get the start I wanted. I was nervous over that first lap, but then I passed a few guys and stayed strong,” Teano said.

He worked his way through the pack, sliding into the No. 4 position just before starting the last lap.

“I took a big breath at that point and just focused on riding smart,” Teano said.

Teano, who works part-time at Van’s in Troutdale, has been racing since he was 9 years old. This marks his first time beyond Regional competition. The nationals run July 28 through Aug. 3.

“It’s going to be a great experience, not many people get a chance to do it,” Teano said.

He is looking to raise about $5,500 to make the trip. Donations can be made online at indiegogo.com.