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High schoolers compete in mountain bike championship in Liberty, NY

People by: Guest writer Amy Lindstadt DeMeo, June 14, 2022

Northport High School sophomores Carter Mooers, Troy Werthner and Ryan DeMeo at the June 5 championship NICA race at Walnut Mountain Park in Liberty, New York. Photo courtesy of Amy Lindstadt DeMeo.

Congratulations to four local students for competing in the New York Interscholastic Cycling League, a group organized in 2013 to provide competitive mountain biking programs for students in grades 9 to 12. Together these students have gone to five different races throughout the state, competing against other high schoolers from New York in mountain biking.

A championship race took place on June 5 at Walnut Mountain Park in Liberty, New York. Two tenth graders at Northport High School competed In the sophomore division: Carter Mooers placed 2nd overall and Ryan DeMeo placed 5th overall.

Troy Werthner, also a Northport High School tenth grader, competed in the junior varsity category and placed 4th overall in his division. James McKinley, a senior at St. Anthony’s High School, came in 7th place overall in the varsity division.

The students ride for the New York Cranks, a team consisting of middle and high school boys and girls from Long Island, New York City and Westchester. Carter, Ryan, Troy and James do a majority of their training at Meadowlark Park off of Middleville Road, next to the Northport VA Medical Center. The 3.6-mile loop trail features intermediate to advanced terrain for hikers and mountain bikers.

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James McKinley, a senior at St. Anthony’s High School, placed seventh in the varsity division. Photo courtesy of the McKinley family.