Miners third in MTB series
After going a perfect three-for-three in state titles the first three seasons of the Utah High School Mountain Bike League, the Park City High School mountain bike team dropped to third in the overall standings in 2015.
A rule change this season benefitted larger schools like Corner Canyon and Lone Peak. Instead of counting a team’s top eight riders each race, the top 20 finishers counted toward final points.
Though PCHS Coach Laura Patten was thrilled with the way the Miners rode all year, she said the results would have been better with the old scoring system.
"We’re at a big disadvantage to Corner Canyon because they have 120 racers and we’re at the smaller end of the spectrum with only 32 riders in St. George [for the finals]," she said. "But I can’t complain. Everyone is improving and we still did well."
In the girls’ D1/D2 varsity race in St. George Oct. 24, Sienna Leger Redel led the way for the Miners, finishing second to Rachel Anders of Salt Lake City Composite. Amber Raby also rode well in St. George, finishing 10th overall.
In the boys’ varsity race, the Miners placed four riders in the top 10. Connor Patten finished first, while teammate Matthew Behrens finished third. Grant Simonds and Danny Fendler finished seventh and eighth, respectively. Skyler Patten finished first in the boys’ D1A JV race.
Laura Patten said the Miners have a great group of athletes leading the team in Connor Patten, Behrens, Fendler, Leger Redel and other top finishers.
"They’re definitely strong riders," she said. "They bring some good energy and that race atmosphere."
Though the Miners finished third overall for the season, they were the second-best team in St. George Oct. 24. Moving forward, Patten said she’d like to see more riders join the team next year to provide some depth for the Miners.
"We’d love to get more racers out there," she said. "It’s a fun club sport."
For more information on the Utah High School Mountain Bike League, visit http://www.utahmtb.org.
Division 1A Final Team Standings
Corner Canyon — 50,385 points
Lone Peak — 46,340 points
Park City — 46,175 points
Alta — 42,923 points
Pleasant Grove — 38,638 points
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