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Local mountain bikers rise to the challenge again

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Submitted photo – Humboldt’s Ethan Hunt pictured in action over the weekend.

The Humboldt MTB club had another strong showing this past weekend at the North Coast-Central Coast Challenge in Fort Ord, led by Meigan Butler, who placed second in the varsity girls race.

The local mountain biking club represents several local high schools and fields two teams, one for Arcata High and the other a composite team.

Both fared well despite the difficult conditions, with the composite team placing second out of 11 Division-II composite high school teams with 1,948 points, just one point behind winners Spartans High School.

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Submitted photo – Meigan Butler

The Arcata team placed fifth out of 26 teams in the Division-II field.

“We did good,” head coach Sean Robertson said. “It was a little bit warmer than we were used to and the course was much faster, but we did well.”

In particular Butler, who led the local charge in the varsity race, as well as Elizabeth Odell who was fourth in the JV girls race, and Vivian Gerstein, who was fourth in the sophomore girls race.

In the JV boys race, Tommy Robinson placed sixth out of 63 riders, with teammate Ethan Hunt 16th, while in the sophomore boys race, Dillon Earle-Rouse was sixth out of 52 riders, with teammate Kyle Kroeker eighth.

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Submitted photo – Humboldt’s Kyle Kroeker

Also in the sophomore boys race Anders Johnson was 12th, Soren Culps was 32nd, Morgan Harper 37th and River Cline 51st.

In the freshman boys race, Rocco Previde was 12th out of 72 competitors, and Colton Owens 68th.

The local club will be in action again later this month.

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