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Odell, Johnson lead the way for HCMBT in Lake County

Submitted photos – The HCMBT high school girls at Lake County over the weekend.

Maggie Odell held onto the NorCal League Mountain Bike overall leaders jersey in the JV girls division after another strong showing at a weekend race in Lake County.

Competing at the Six Sigma Ranch and Winery in Lower Lake, the Eureka High student was one of 18 riders from the Humboldt Composite Mountain Bike Team to travel for the event.

Odell finished fifth in the JV girls race to maintain her overall season lead, with teammates Hailey Kroeker 11th and Camille Shaver 32nd.

Isaac Johnson also had a good weekend, placing sixth in the D2 JV boys race and he is now fifth overall in the season standings.

In the same race, teammate Aaron Shapiro was 13th, Malcolm Seemann was 19th and Kai Lamb 33rd, out of 53 riders.

In the Sophomore Boys race, HCMBT’s Brandon Stephens placed 23rd out of 45 competitors, with teammate Nico Costanzo 25th.

In the Sophomore Girls race, HCMBT’s Sierra Paliaga placed 11th and Sasha Love 14th.

The HCMTB middle school boys in Lake County.

Rounding out a strong showing for the team’s high schoolers, Ranger Code placed 48th in the D2 Freshman Boys division.

Some of the younger HCMBT riders also enjoyed a good weekend.

In the Junior Development eighth grade boys division, River Code placed 30th and Sawyer Katri 34th, while in the seventh-grade race, Levi Grossman placed 15th and Grayden Larson 16th.

Two local sixth graders both enjoyed strong season debuts with the team, including one who made the podium.

Melia Paliaga placed third in her race, while Landon Larson placed 16th in his race.

A total of 12 HCMTB high school racers have qualified for the NorCal League Championship Race, which will be held at Boggs Demonstration State Forest in Cobb on May 21.

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