A trip to the BMX Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., left one Tri-City boy rated in the top 10 expert-rated riders in the nation and another ranked No. 11.
Rayce Reeves, 5, son of Ken and Alix Reeves of Richland, kept his No. 5 national age group (NAG) ranking in the 5-and-under age group by riding his bike to sixth place in the final race, said his father.
Rayce was ranked No. 5 before the race, based on points accumulated from other races and his placing in the final race gave him enough points to maintain his ranking.
"We are definitely happy, that was our goal," said Ken Reeves, adding that Rayce ended up about half a bike-length from moving to No. 4.
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He noted the competition will be tougher next year when Rayce moves into an age group with more expert-rated riders.
Mason Meininger, son of Shawn and Maurine Meininger of Pasco, ended up 11th in the larger 8-and-under group -- just out of the coveted "NAG 10" ranking he had hoped to get, said his mother.
Mason was rated No. 11 before the national competition based on his record in prior races.
"But he rode his best," said Maurine Meininger. "There were 41 expert-rated riders in his class and he made it to the semis."
She added, "He really wants it for next year, though. It's kind of a bummer to be just out of (NAG 10) and to be this close."
To get to the national BMX competition, both boys and their families traveled extensively to compete in national competitions in the Northwest and Canada.