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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, July 14, 2010 lC Shannon Morrow Sports Editor sports@plu masnews.com Max Belcher, a 14-year-old Quincy resident who has been riding motorcycles since he was 4-years-old, re- cently won first place overall in the novice class of the Mo- torcycle Racing Association of Northern Nevada's spring series. Racing across the desert in big loops that range in dis- tance from 10-20 miles, the dirt bikers ride as fast as they can for approximately two hours, dodging rocks and navigating desert terrain. "I love to do it," said Belch- er. "For two hours, your heart is going crazy. It's so much fun." Belcher's dad, Brad Belch- er, got Max into this year's race series as a member of the Rimbender Club. Racing on a 2007 Honda CRF 150R, Belcher only need- ed a skid plate, number plates and hand guards added to his motorcycle. "The bike was ready, so we went for it," said Belcher. "In the first race I just tried it out, but I jumped into the points, so started doing it more often." Of the five races in the MRANN Spring Series, Belcher missed the first one and had to start behind everyone else in points. The second race of the se- ries, the Shannon Castillo 100, was held in Dry Valley, Nevada, March 6-7. There were a total of 28 riders: eight novice, nine amateurs and 11 experts. Belcher won first place in the novice class and finished llth overall. He was one of only two novice riders to complete three laps, finish- ing a total of 51 miles in 2 hours, 4 minutes and 33 sec- onds. The next race was the Pony Soldier National, put on by the Western States Racing Association in Nixon, Neva- da, March 27-28. Of the 29 MRANN riders, Belcher earned first place in the novice class and ninth overall. He was the only novice rider to complete four laps, finishing in 1 hour, 56 minutes and 56 seconds. Belcher said he likes the more technical sections of the course because that's where he passes people. Belcher's third race was the Jessup Jackrabbit 100, put on by Big Head Yellow Head Mo- torcycle Club at Nightengale, Nev., April 17-18. Against a total of 23 riders (10 novice, seven amateurs and six experts), Belcher won first place in novice class and took fifth overall. Totaling 30 miles in three laps, Belcher finished with a time of 1 hour, 50 minutes and 38 seconds, beating all the novice and amateur rid- ers, despite a mechanical is- sue that cost him time in his second pit stop. "You have to pace your- self," said Belcher. "Racing for two hours is pretty crazy. I get so focused, like I'm in a tunnel. Everything else is With his 2007 Honda CRF 150R0 Quincy's Max Belcher won the MRANN Spring Series in his first year racing in the Novice Class. Photos submitted blurry, but the trail is clear." down once in each race, and Lake Motocross Track near time Belcher raced in the In his first race of the se- he didn't crash at all in the Susanville, June 19. MRANN series was when he ties, Belcher crashed four last event. Belcher finished first in his was 7-years-old and competed times, hitting his head once. The final event of the class and seventh overall to in the Pee-Wee Class. "It made me loopy for a sec- spring series was the Corey win the spring series with a When the fall series begins ond," said Belcher. Herring Memorial, put 40-point lead over second Sept. 11, Belcher will move In the next two competi- on by the Virginia City Mo- place, up to compete in the amateur tions, Belcher only went t0rcycle Club at the Honey Before this season, the last class. Belcher loves the excitement of racing through the desert for two hours at a time, and said it's important to pace himself. Racing at the Honey Lake Motocross Park outside Susanville, June 19, Belcher finished first in his class and seventh overall. t Valerie Grammer dent/Superintendent Dr. Ron playoffs for all fall sports, also affect each student's sary for this compliance is supplement the diverse stu- Athletics DepartmentTaylor. Underthe guidelines of test ability to transfer to another accurate participation num- dent body and generate FTE, Feather River College Under the direction of theone, intercollegiate participa- community college to corn- bers, the year each team cur- Dr. Taylor began the initial new bylaw of the CCCAA, the tion would vary from year to pete in the same sport, rently in place was added to phase to add an additional in- To maintain Title IX corn- California governing boardyear based on enrollment Test three compliance the program, and the year tercollegiate sport, and the pliance, Feather River Col- of community college athlet- numbers of full-time under- would be a full accommoda- any teams were discontin- matter was addressed at the lege is pleased to announce ics, all schools must have in graduates. FRC would havetion of the interest of the un- ued. June 24 board meeting. its decision to add intercolle- place a written plan to ad- to limit or increase its athlet- derrepresented sex. This ac- For either sex, program ex- The athletic department giate cross country and track dress Title IX compliance us- ic participation annuallycommodation, in sumrfiary, pansion means an increase submitted to Dr. Taylor and & field to its athletic pro- ing one ofthethree tests that based on the current year's would be made based on in- in the number of opportuni- the budget committee an gram. determines an institution's enrollment; the percentage of formation that included evi- ties for that gender. For FRC, itemized list of potential say- The cross country team, compliance, difference between men and dence of on, campus interest, women are the underrepre- ings in the amount of $19,000 which will compete this fall, Test one is participation women full-time enrollment off-campus interest, a viable sented sex. for the 2010-11 fiscal year to and the track & field team, proportionate to full-time un- must aim to be between two team, normal recruitment ar- This is the test that FRC help offset initial costs of the which competes in the dergraduate enrollment; test percent and not more thaneas, athletic ability, competi- complies through, and the undertaking. spring, will each consist of two is continuing practice of five percent, tion and a normal competi- time period of five years to "This is an exciting oppor- only female athletes thisprogram expansion for the Given the varying enroll-tiveregion, add a program expired Julytunity for the women of our year. underrepresented sex; and ment numbers from year toCurrently, FRC does not 1, 2010, with non-compliance community to compete at the Based upon the research test three is fully and effec- year, qualifying under test have the facilities, student by Nov. 1, resulting in imme- collegiate level," said Merle completed by the FRC Title tivel.y accommodating the one could be a recruitingpopulation or financial abili- diate forfeiture for all con- Trueblood, athletic director IX committee, which is com- underrepresented sex. nightmare for all of the ath- ty to accommodate this stan- tests from that date forward, for FRC. "This is a sport that prised of fulltime coaches, The CCCAA Statement of letic programs, and affect dard. until compliance is met. can reach across age barriers fulltime and associate faculty Compliance Form R-4 clearly currently enrolled students To comply with test two, an Many of the fulltime on- and really unite women who members, classified staff rep- states that failure to submit who attend FRC to compete, institution must demonstrate campus student population is thrive individually." resentatives, the human re- the form by Nov. 1 of eachThey could be removed from a history andcontinuing comprised of student-ath- For more information, con- sources director, and the.ath- year will result in a forfei- the roster after enrollment practice of program expan- letes. Recognizing the impor- tact Trueblood at 283-0202, letic director, the decision ture of all completed contests for compliance reasons, not sion for the underrepresent- tance of continued recruit- ext. 295, or e-mail him at was forwarded- to Presi- after that date, includingfor performance. It woulded sex. Information neces- ment of student-athletes, to mtrueblood@frc.edu.