Folsom High Cycling medals in four divisions

By: Special to the Telegraph
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Racing full force into its second season, Folsom High Cycling came away from NorCal Race No. 1 in Monterey, California with four podium finishes out of six divisions entered. Folsom High sent 21 of its best riders to Monterey with nearly half placing in the top-15 in fields that averaged 45 or more participants. Folsom High junior Karli Haugen led the team in points with a fourth-place finish in the girls varsity, just seconds behind second place and reigning NorCal varsity state champion Christine Weir of Nevada Union and more than a minute ahead of fifth place and reigning junior Xterra National Champion, Katherine Pollard of Roseville High. Folsom High’s freshman boys made a huge splash by placing four riders in the top-11 in the freshman boys’ Division I race. Kyle Luther, who placed second, had ridden only twice in the last two weeks due to the flu. Luther stayed with the lead pack during all three laps and missed the win by seconds, despite being under a doctors care just days before. Also scoring points for the team were Sam Wamhoff (6th), Wisam Alhamad (8th) and Avery Cook in (11th). Team captain Shasta McMillen and Justin Stofan both had solid fourth-place finishes in the sophomore girls’ and boys’ races, respectively. Stofan overcame a slow start by passing nine riders in the last two laps to take a podium spot. McMillen also started slow and had to work her way into contention to take fourth in the last meter, finishing in a sprint with a rider from San Ramon Valley High. Shannan Listberger finished 13th in the highly competitive girls junior varsity, rounding out the top eight team point earners. A combination of eight male/female team riders can score points for a Division I team in the NorCal Team Championship. Team points for NorCal race No. 1 have not been released at press time, but Folsom High should rank in the top seven in Division I after the final tally. Special team kudos go out to senior Matt Cartin-Morose and junior Zach Bailey for racing and finishing four laps in blinding rain and mud at the end of the day in the boys JV race. The Folsom High Cycling team is looking forward to returning to the Sacramento area with NorCal Race No. 2, the Granite Bay Invitational, on March 15. A large percentage of the team’s training takes place on the rugged trails of Granite Bay and a home-field advantage was confirmed in 2008 when the then fledgling Folsom High squad had one of its best performances of the season. Folsom High Cycling would like to thank all of its sponsors for help in making this season possible especially Bicycles Plus in Folsom, Schatz & Krum Independent BMW-Porsche, Garner Products, The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, SMUD, DC Architects and REI.