On Saturday, Sept. 28, the MorganMTB Race Team competed in their second race of the season on the Round Valley trails in Park City. Sixteen team members braved cold and muddy conditions to race in the second race of the season in the Utah High School Cycling League series.
While team members were preparing for a day of racing early Saturday morning, temperatures hovered in the low 30s. Fortunately, the forecast called for clear and sunny skies. Although grateful for the improving conditions, the rise in temperature caused the frozen trails that were saturated by the previous day’s snowfall to quickly thaw out. Muddy conditions were a factor throughout the day.
As the day progressed, the MorganMTB Team posted many outstanding results in all race categories. Several team members dramatically increased their finish results over those two weeks ago. For instance, sophomore racer Spencer Watkins finished 28 places higher this week while Gage Brown finished 24 better. This is especially impressive considering there were 80 sophomores in this week’s race!
Once again, Morgan’s sophomore girls took three of the top five positions in the first race of the day. Fighting both the cold temperature and slippery trail conditions, by far the girls had the most difficult race of the day. However, that didn’t stop the Morgan girls from again doing their best. In a hard-fought battle throughout both laps, Kate Madorin crossed the finish line in second place followed by Hannah Clark in third. Megan McMillan took the fifth and final podium position with another strong finish.
In other podium finishes, junior varsity racer Amber Harvey took an impressive fifth place finish against a very competitive field. In an equally competitive field, junior varsity racer Carter Bailey improved from sixth place last week to finish fourth this week.
In the team competition, the MorganMTB Team won a solid third place victory. This week’s strong finish was enough to move them into third place overall for the season so far.
The racers are now looking forward to their next race which will be held Saturday, Oct. 12 in our own backyard at the Snowbasin Ski Resort. They would like to invite and encourage everyone to come out and support them. All female races begin at 10 a.m., followed by freshmen and sophomore boys at 11:40 a.m. Finishing up the day are the junior varsity and varsity boys heading out at 1:05 p.m.