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Miners MTB Team rides to the top of Beaver Mountain, figuratively and literally

Beaver Mountain, Utah — On Saturday during the first race of the new school year on the ski slopes of Beaver Mountain, Head Coach Pete Stoughton, Geography Teacher at Treasure Mountain Jr. High said in a statement that it was a, “truly amazing weekend” for the Park City High School (PCHS) Mountain Bike Team.

PCHS MTB Team dancing in the rain.
PCHS MTB Team dancing in the rain. Photo: courtesy of Barry Hill Photography

For the boys varsity, Kyle Clarke, a PCHS Sophmore, placed highest of the Miners in at eighth place with a finish time of 1:32:45.87. Oscar Sattelmeier from PCHS got tenth place out of 41.

For the girls varsity, Abigail Pruyn, of PCHS came in first place with a time of 1:14:52.55. Four additional varsity girls rounded out the top ten: Kaya Patterson in third, Addisyn Lundberg in fifth, and Anna Potter and Lauren Biglow finished ninth and tenth respectively out of 19.

For junior varsity (A) boys, Park City’s Cohen Flach placed first and teammate Christopher Biglow, Senior Lauren’s sophomore brother, placed second. Miner Sam Kirschner placed fourth, and William Hanley rode across the finish line in seventh out of 59.

For JV (B) boys, Park City also took the two top spots with Hunter Jaques in first and Lochlan Frick in second. Huxley Dosher came in fifth and sophmore Jackson Carlson ended up in tenth place out of 71.

For JV (C) boys, out of 92 athletes in the category, Miner Jacob Inman was the lone top ten finisher from PCHS in ninth. 

For JV (A) girls, PCHS junior Katie Costello finished third, and finishing tenth from PC was Scarlett Cole-Rae out of the 23 competitors in that classification.

For the freshmen girls race, Izzy Crandall of Treasure Mountain Jr. High, placed first. Sofia Wojcikowski was third, Annelise Han was fifth, and rounding out the top ten out of 65 from Park City was Grace Canada. 

For the JV (B) girls, out of 47 riders, the Park City High School Team placed five out of the top ten finishers: Meli Han, first; Greta Kirby, fourth; Phoebe Myers, sixth; Cecelia Kirschner, seventh; Isabella Martin, eighth.  

For the JV (D) boys, Parkite Phineas Hailey placed ninth out of 62.

For the JV (E) boys race, out of 39, Katie’s brother Lucas Costello placed third, and Hudsomn Marsh placed sixth.

For the SLR girls grouping, out of 15 athletes, Elizabeth Lara and Kenia Ramirez placed fourth and fifth and Marlee Fitlow in ninth came across the line representing Park City.

Preliminarily, Park City High School was the big winner on the day.

PCHS MTB Team in Beaver Mountain.
PCHS MTB Team in Beaver Mountain. Photo: courtesy of Alison Watkins

Teammates had recently had a chance to hear from and pick the brain of PCHS Team alumni and current Olympian Haley Batton. She said to the young athletes over a Zoom session prior to this first competition, “its time to flow like a river and take control of what you can control.”

Camping out overnight, they enjoyed, among other snacks, pancakes and grilled cheese sandwiches.

PCHS MTB Team spirit.
PCHS MTB Team theme spirit. Photo: courtesy of Alison Watkins

“I love how all of the riders, both new and returning, had the courage and strength to face a challenging and fun course,” Stoughton said in the statement. “We received many compliments about the positivity and kindness, as well as our toughness, of our riders on race day. The rain at the finish line gave us an opportunity to bond, laugh and dance. Across divisions we rode, cheered and celebrated as a team.”

The next event for the team is a race on Saturday, September 9, at Snowbasin Resort, which will have a fun cowboy/western theme.

PCHS MTB Team at first race of the year. Photos: courtesy of Alison Watkins

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