Submitted by James Carrillo
On Sunday, May 3rd, the Newport Beach Composite Mountain Bike racing team clinched the team title in the inaugural season of the new SoCal Interscholastic Cycling League. The 2009 SoCal League had 15 high-school teams with over 100 racers that competed in races at Vail Lake, Warner Ranch, Lake Arrowhead, culminating in last weekend's finals in beautiful Los Olivos.
The Newport team benefited from consistent and outstanding performances by all members during the 4 race series. In the overall points standings for the series, Harbor senior Matts Hanssens finished 3rd overall in Boys Varsity division. Leila Carrillo and Rachael Somerville dominated the Frosh/Soph girls division by finishing every race in first and second place. In the Frosh/Soph boys class, CDM's Peter Morris battled several other strong riders all season to finish 3rd in the overall points series including a victory at Warner Ranch. Jesse Carrillo and Shane Somerville also raced in the tough Frosh/Soph class, turning in consistent performances to bolster the teams' point lead.