COBB — The Ponderosa high school mountain bike team captured the NorCal Conference Championship last weekend at Boggs Mountain state forest in Lake County. The second-year Bruins’ team competed against 28 other Division II teams from the North Conference.
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As a team, Ponderosa won three of the four spring races held across Northern California and will compete next at the California State Championships at Laguna Seca on May 11.
The Bruins had two individuals capture Overall Conference Championships: sophomore Samantha Olson claimed the Championship title in the Girls JV class while fellow sophomore Cody Schwartz earned the Sophomore title as he won each of the four races.
Top five overall awards were also collected by: David Duncan, 3rd varsity; Nathan Poer, 2nd sophomore; and Nathan Kohl, 4th sophomore.
Other racers making up the 11 member team include Jared Delgado, Tanner Loveridge, Shane Marshall, Steven Ross, Tyler Sargent and Cameron Stewart.
“These athletes thrive on this multi-grade team where they get to enjoy and appreciate our beautiful surroundings while exceling at this newly emerging high school sport,” Ponderosa coach Steve Kohl said.
Head coach Mark Ferry oversees the teams’ workouts as part of Cycling Development, a nonprofit organization that also works with teams from Casa Roble, Oak Ridge, Bella Vista, and Vista Del Lago high schools.