The SRHS Bike Dawgs traveled to Folsom Lake last Sunday to compete against high school teams from all over Northern California in the Granite Bay Challenge, racing 12-24 miles on a course made up of twisting single-track, wide double track and rolling cross-country terrain. The races went off in three waves, starting with Varsity Girls in the morning and ending with the grueling 24-mile Varsity Boys race in the afternoon. In between, all of the Dawgs riders put in outstanding efforts, from sophomore Reed Caron, riding in his first race ever, to veteran senior Michael Magner, who turned in the best finish of his four year career.
At the end of the day, five Dawgs reached the podium: Seniors Annie Brow, 4th place, and Isabella Breen, 5th place, for Varsity Girls; sophomore Julia Jackson-Clark, 3rd place for JV Girls; sophomore Sam Weinstein, 3rd place for JV Boys; and sophomore Jake Becker, 5th place for Sophomore Boys. Other team scorers were Lauren Schulman for Varsity Girls, Emily Laskin for JV girls, and Seth Francis for Varsity Boys. Those scores contributed to a strong finish for the Dawgs, earning them a 4th Place team finish out of all the North Conference Division 1 schools from Marin County north to the Oregon border.