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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Nice job, Olympic Mountain Bike Team!

4/18/2012 6:00:00 AM
Mountain bike team finishes strong, again

The Olympic Mountain Bike Team's female members are (from left, in red gear) Misha Cassella-Blackburn, Cassie Ross and Brenna Latchford. Submitted photo
The Olympic Mountain Bike Team's female members are (from left, in red gear) Misha Cassella-Blackburn, Cassie Ross and Brenna Latchford. Submitted photo

The Olympic Mountain Bike Team placed third among 19 teams competing April 15 at the Washougal MX Challenge.
The 11 "Killer Whales" raced in perfect weather on a track that with 500 feet of climbing per 4-mile loop is the season's hilliest, reported Doug Ross, team director.
For the girls' team, ninth-grader Cassie Ross placed second in her age division. For the boys, sophomore Forrest Montgomery placed second after having placed third in the season-opening meet March 25 at Fort Flagler State Park.
The team's ninth-grade boys provided the teams' most competitive results. Milo Steimle won his second meet this season. Jack Pokorny, riding in his first mountain bike race ever, finished second.
The first-year mountain bike team meets 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 1-3 p.m. on Sundays at Blue Heron Middle School in Port Townsend; then it’s off to the trails.
Any high-school-age participant is welcome. Seven coaches, all volunteers, teach skills – from trail technique to biking etiquette. The team is sponsored by businesses and private donations.