Eureka High’s Maggie Odell held onto the series leader jersey with another strong showing for the Humboldt Composite Mountain Bike Club (HCMTB) in the second NorCal MTB-NICA event of the season last weekend.
The team traveled to Lake County with 20 local racers competing in the high school and middle school races.
Odell, who placed first in the opening race of the JV girls season two weeks prior, placed second this time around out of field of 53 riders, and she retains the series lead after a tight and exciting battle for first with Marin Catholic’s Izzy Landry.
In the same race, teammate Hailey Kroeker placed ninth in her season debut, while a busy Camille Shaver finished 39th after refereeing at a local wrestling tournament the previous night.
In the sophomore girls race, Sierra Paliaga placed 14th for the HCMTB, while Sasha Love was 19th.
In the sophomore boys D2 event, Brandon Stephens finished 24th, while Nico Costanzo also had a strong showing and was 25th after a very unfortunate crash on the last turn allowed four racers to pass him.
In the freshman boys race, Ranger Code was 60th.
Isaac Johnson had a great start in a very competitive JV boys D2 race and finished ninth out of 74 riders, while Aaron Shapiro was 12th, Malcolm Seeman 19th, Lane Corse 25th and Daniel Shaver 26th.
Teammate Kai Lamb turned in an inspired performance and battled back to play 49th after breaking his chain on his first lap and still finishing.
Among the younger competitors on hand, Grayden Larson placed 19th and Levi Grossman 21st out of a field of 51 riders in the seventh-grade boys race.
The eighth-grade race featured a large field of 70 racers, with Lars Gerdes placing 15th, Gavin Mayberry 35th, River Code 52nd and Milo Jordan 63rd.
The weekend races were the second of five league events this season.