By Dave Holzer
The Carbon Composite mountain bike team was on the road in Richfield on October 1 for the Region Five Championship Race. It was their last race until the state meet, which is later this month for the Utah High School Cycling League.
On a dusty but extremely fast and flowing 5.7 mile course, Team Carbon once again showed their strength, skill and lung capacity with five of the 15 high school riders competing on the podium.
Andrew Loveless took the lead early and led both rounds to claim his third win of the season in JV B Boys and finished the regular season as the overall leader. Determined to improve on his previous third-place finishes in the Freshman A Boys group this season, Tacoma Smith started strong, didn’t let go and prevailed to win the two-lap race by three seconds (nearly a minute into the race). ahead of the rider in third).
In one of the tightest races of the day, James Tullis finished second in the two-lap Freshman B Boys race just 0.49 seconds behind the winner and 2.5 seconds ahead of third place. At SLR Boys, Max McCourt won second place and Teagan Robinson secured fourth place.
At the team level, Carbon earned enough points to take not just the team victory of race four, but the overall Division 3 series victory in region five. Carbon beat Springville, Iron County, Payson, Panguitch and Enterprise in Division 3. The team performed extremely well against much larger teams throughout the season, including some with over 200 runners while the runners Individuals compete regardless of team size.
Next up for Team Carbon is the state championship race in St. George on October 21-22. Ten of Carbon’s 16 high school runners qualified for state. These runners include Tacoma Smith, Garrett Murray, James Tullis, Zander Holzer, Andrew Loveless, Ruth Olson, Nathan Engar, Sean Stromness, Spencer Tullis, Ryu West and Boyd Bradford.
The individual results were as follows:
SLR Boys: Max McCourt, 2n/a; Teagan Robinson, 4 years olde
Freshman Girls: Josie Jesperson, 27e
Freshman A Boys: Tacoma Smith, 1st; Garret Murray, 8 years olde
Freshman B Boys: James Tullis, 2n/a; Sander Holzer, 15 years olde
JV B Girls: Ruth Olson, 11e
JV E Boys: Will Clark, 15e
JV B Boys: Andrew Loveless, 1st; Spencer Tullis, 27e; Sean Stromness, 28e; Ryu West, 48 years olde
JV A Boys: Nathan Engar, 14e
College Boys: Boyd Bradford, 11e