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Miner mountain bikers conquer Sherwood Hills

The Park City High School mountain-bike team enjoyed a comfortable win at home a few weeks ago, but still showed room for improvement. The team practiced hard during the week following the event at Round Valley and then tapered into the second race.

Race No. 2 was held at Sherwood Hills Resort near Logan Saturday, Sept. 22. The team gathered at the course Friday evening to ride the route and to get a taste of what race day might hold. The reviews from the team were mixed; some loved the course and some were daunted by it. Some said it was easier than Round Valley and some said it was harder. Without a consensus, Park City had to wait until race day to sort things out.

Saturday morning the varsity girls were the first to compete. Park City entered two girls, including the Round Valley winner and leader’s jersey holder Brenna Egan. Quinn Graves, who was coming off of a very strong win in the sophomore category at Round Valley, lined up next to Egan as a freshly-promoted varsity racer. The girls raced for three laps of the 4.5-mile course and finished covered in dust and dirt with Egan once again taking the win and holding onto her points lead. Graves finished her debut varsity appearance in third place. Lindsay Richards lined up in sophomore girls’ race and rode to a strong fourth place. The girls, again, set the bar high for the boys, who would have to rise to the challenge in order for the team to take its second consecutive team victory.

The second wave of the day featured freshmen and sophomore boys. Park City entered three freshman, who would race race laps of the course. The mercury was rising and the dust was flying, and at the end of the race Simon Hopkins charged in for third place, followed closely by Jake Hunsaker in fourth. Zach Brown overcame serious mechanical issues to finish 17th and further boosted the points total for PCHS.

The third and final wave again featured Park City’s largest contingent with eight junior varsity racers along with four varsity boys. Matthew Turner crashed out of contention at Round Valley and was looking for redemption in Logan, but found himself in a dogfight with South Davis’ Zach Peterson.

Peterson, wearing the leader’s jersey, was impossible to shake and the two rode within 10 seconds of each other for the entire four-lap, 18-mile race. An exciting sprint finish saw Turner edge Peterson by three seconds in a sprint, and Park City secured an unprecedented double varsity win. Daniel Riley improved on his Round Valley finish with an eighth place and was followed by Ralf Carestia in 10th and Luke Adams in 16th.

The junior varsity boys were up against a juggernaut, with points leader Adam Lee of Pleasant Grove setting a strong and ultimately untouchable pace. David Domonoske, newly-upgraded freshman Danny Fendler and Ethan Reynolds stacked the podium finishing second, third and fourth, while Noah Putt showed his pain face to finish 11th. Patrick Johnson and Riley Broussard were not far behind in 15th and 16th, with Nic Kincaid bringing it home for 18th. Ray Leavitt endured bike problems to finish 36th in JV division 2, the deepest field in the race with 52 entrants.

Park City again dominated the team points, finishing the day on top of the podium and taking home another chunk of hardware. Alta High School showed its strength and improvement by scoring 100 more points than it did at Round Valley, coming within 200 points of Park City. Summit Academy again rounded out the team podium in 3rd.

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