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Local prep mountain bikers win team and individual titles

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Submitted photo – From left to right, Elizabeth Odell, Meigan Butler and Vivian Gerstein.

The Humboldt MTB composite team closed out the regular season in high school mountain biking over the weekend, securing a team and individual championship.

The Humboldt club, made up of competitors from several local high schools, took first in the Division-II race at Lower Lake, closing out as the season as D-II composite champions, well ahead of second-placed Spartans High School composite.

Individually, Meigan Butler placed third in the varsity girls race, and closed out the season series second overall in her division.

In the JV girls race, Elizabeth Odell was first out of 24 riders, and finished the season first overall in her division.

In the sophomore girls race, Vivian Gerstein placed third in what was the fifth race of the spring, closing out third overall in the season series.

In the JV boys race, Ethan Hunt was 10th out of 48 riders, while in the sophomore boys race, Kyle Kroeker placed fifth, ahead of teammates Dillon Earle-Rouse (seventh), Anders Johnson (11th), Blake Vogt (15th), Morgan Harper (25th) and Soren Culps (29th).

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Submitted photo – Humboldt’s Ethan Hunt in action this past weekend.

In the freshman boys race, Rocco Previde was 11th, followed by teammate Colton Owens in 36th.

In the final overall standings, Humboldt’s Tommy Robinson placed seventh in the JV boys division, while Kroeker was fourth in the sophomore boys division, followed by Earle Rouse in sixth.

Previde was 10th overall in the freshman standings.

Afterwards the Humboldt teammates paid tribute to coach Sean Robertson who was named coach of the year.

“I couldn’t imagine the team without him,” Odell said in a press release. “I have made lots of friends from this team and it has really changed my life. I know I am not the only one.” 

The local club will send five competitors on to the state championships in Tehachapi this coming weekend.

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