The Minnesota High School Cycling League held its state championship race event on Saturday, October 27, and on Sunday, October 28, 2018. For the fourth consecutive year, the Minnesota League headed back to Mt. Kato for the championship race, a favorite course for many racers and a venue that could accommodate the 3,500-plus people in attendance for the event.
For two days, over 1,200 racers from 64 teams across the state of Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa came together to compete in the seventh and final race of the season.
Winona racer, Natalie Horeck, out-paced 36 other competitors on the steep climbs and technical single track of Mt. Kato and took home a 2018 State Championship win in the eighth-grade girls division with a time of 19:29:3. Horeck was on a roll at previous races, each finishing higher than the last. Her coaches credit the win to her determination, bike handling skills, and never-quit attitude. “She is as talented on a bike as she is kind and can always be found cheering for her teammates and high fiving her competitors.”
Complete results for Winona racers
Winona Composite Middle School racers placed fourth out of 40 teams.
1. Natalie Horeck, eighth-grade girls, first place, 550 team points
2. Lucas Wooden, seventh-grade boys, ninth place, 476 team points
3. Will Hardy, seventh-grade boys, 15th place, 432 team points
4. Avri Menton seventh-grade girls, 29th place, 354 team points
5. Kyle Coudron, eighth-grade boys, 34th place, 334 team points
6. Colin White, eighth-grade boys, 38th place, 319 team points
7. Carver Heiring, eighth-grade boys, 58th place, 279 team points
Winona Composite High School racers placed 19th out of 47 teams
• Nathan Wooden, JV2 boys, ninth place, 476 team points
• Tony Coudron, JV3 boys, 30th place, 390 team points
• Nalani Bausman, freshman girls, 23rd place, 384 team points
• Kole Koehler, varsity boys, 43rd place, 379 team points
• Nicole Miller, JV2 girls, 26th place, 369 team points
• Brayden Coudron, freshman D2 boys, 43rd place, 304 team points
• William Wisniewski, JV2 boys, 98th place, 239 team points