Tuesday, May 17, 2011

State Championships!

More than 450 high school students from the State of California met at Los Olivos, just north of Santa Barbara, for the California High School Mountain Bike State Championships. Thirteen students from the St. Francis Mountain Bike team made the journey for the opportunity to compete against the best in the state.

“This is the first time at the State Championships for our team. I am very proud of their efforts this year and hope that this is a good learning experience and a vision of the future for the St. Francis team” Head Coach Lee Bird said.

In a huge Freshman Boys Division 1 class of 60 riders, Sean Bird’s season peaked at the right time and he raced neck-and-neck with the SoCal and NorCal series leaders, ending up with a very strong 5th place result and the team’s lone podium position for the day. Hunter Nalley also rode strong to 28th place and Daniel Balsam raced to 30th, securing them a top 50% result in a deep field of talented Freshman racers. Also competing in the Freshman class and doing well were Michael Greenberg in 47th and Keenan Koch in 55th.

Our Sophomore Boys Division 1 team also competed in a deep field with 48 racers from across the state. Matt Kubly rode hard on the technical and bumpy course to a solid 13th place. Not far behind was Scott Marshall sprinting to 17th. Making the trip after a break away from racing and doing his best was Michael Togneri in 40th.

The JV Boys Division 1 team also raced against a large field of 48 racers. Matt Misetich completed his season with another solid result and finished in 18th. Christian Breitschwerdt made the trip to Los Olivos the morning after attending his prom and finished in 29th. Cameron Aubert rode a steady race to 39th. Not far behind and battling with a stomach bug, but completing the race was Connor Haas in 40th.

Our sole Varsity rider, Eddy Kronfli, had set a goal at the beginning of the season to compete against the best in the state as a Varsity rider. Eddy achieved that goal and finished in 39th position.

It’s been a long season and the St. Francis team has a lot to be proud of. We have achieved a lot this season, including many podium positions and top-10 finishes. Those solid results and experience will catapult us into the 2011-2012 season with renewed energy and dedication.

Well done Golden Knights!

Matt battling for position in the infield portion of the course.

Christian did the whole race with a bloody nose!

Matt Kubly riding strong.

Sean had a great start and was on his way to a 5th place podium.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Vail Lake - Final SoCal League Race of 2011

The St. Francis Golden Knights mountain bike team recently competed at Vail Lake for the final round of the 4 race SoCal high school mountain bike series. It was another successful weekend of competitive racing for the Golden Knights.

In the Freshman Boys Division 1 class, Sean Bird battled with the overall series leader and held on for a strong 4th place finish. Sean’s 4th place result secured his 5th place overall in the 4 race series. Hunter Nalley rode strong to 10th place securing a 7th overall in the race series. Also competing in the Freshman class and doing well were Michael Greenberg in 11th, JT Ingram in 16th, and Keenan Koch in 26th.

Our Sophomore Boys Division 1 team also had a podium finish. Scott Marshall dug deep to secure his first podium finish in 5th place. Matt Kubly who was not able to attend the race secured a solid 7th place overall in the series. Colby Koklas had a crash on the first lap but got back on his bike to finish in 21st.

The temperatures started heating up, and so did the racing as the JV Boys Division 1 team headed out for their race. Matt Misetich and Christian Breitschwerdt dueled side by side as they have done all season, finishing in 6th and 7th place. Their results also placed them in 6th and 7th overall for the JV boys. Connor Hass rode to another well deserved top-10, finishing in 9th place. Cameron Aubert and Steven Ayoob have steadily improved all season and finished in 12th and 16th.

Our sole Varsity rider, Eddy Kronfli, had his work cut out for him. The Varsity class is filled with pro level riders, and Eddy has worked hard all season to be the best that he can be in a very competitive class. Eddy’s #1 goal this season has been to qualify for the State Championships so that he can represent St. Francis as our first Varsity rider. Going into the race, Eddy knew that he needed to finish in 12th position or better. On the last lap, after 16 miles of racing in 90 degree temperatures with a little more than 5 miles to go, Eddy was battling neck and neck with another rider for that 12th position. With all of his coaches and teammates cheering him on, Eddy raced smart and succeeded in holding off his rival to finish in 12th and qualify for States.

Many of our riders have qualified for and will be competing against riders from all over California at the State Championships on May 15th in Los Olivos.

Well done Golden Knights!

Our secret training meal - Peeps on the camp fire the night before the race.

Sean Bird got a great start in the Freshman race.

Colby battling with a Woodcrest rider.

"Thanks Dad" - Connor getting a much needed water bottle in the feed zone.

Cameron Aubert has worked very hard this season and the results prove it.

Christian Breitschwerdt in full race mode.

Eddy in his final lap battle for the final State Champ spot.

My favorite picture so far this year.
Our Team Can Cheer on Our Riders Better Than Your Team!

Matt & Christian. 6th & 7th Overall, JV Boys.

Sean & Hunter. 5th and 7th Overall, Freshman Boys.

Scott Marshall's first SoCal League podium.
5th place, Sophomore Boys

Another great video from Coach Nick!

Power the Pinnacles - Lake Arrowhead

Snow on Saturday. Mud and cool temperatures on Sunday. Matt Kubly's first podium! Great racing! (yes, that's a brief race report).

JV Boys
Matt Misetich - 7th
Christian Breitschwerdt - 8th
Connor Haas - 9th
Cameron Aubert - 11th
Steven Ayoob - 15th

Soph Boys
Matt Kubly - 5th
Scott Marshall - 7th
Colby Koklas - 19th

Freshman Boys
Daniel Balsam - 6th
Hunter Nalley - 7th
Michael Greenberg - 10th
JT Ingram - 11th
Sean Bird - 26th