Last Saturday, the MorganMTB Race Team competed in their fouth race of the season at Soldier Hollow in Heber valley. At a time of the year when colder weather, rain and even snow is expected the student racers were blessed with dry conditions and temperatures perfect for racing.
This week Morgan had 18 racers compete on the course that held last year’s State Championships, so those who raced last year were familiar with the demands of this course. Where all previous courses this year included significant uphill climbs and longer descents, the Soldier Hollow course was comprised of several shorter uphill climbs and descents. This poses a challenge that makes it more difficult for racers to recover in time for the next climb – truly testing their endurance and training.
As has become the norm for the Morgan race team, the girl racers were the shining stars of the day. In the Jr. Varsity category Amber Harvey once again gave her all and finished fourth. In one of the many exciting finishes of the day Ellissa Clark, motivated by cheering family and friends, passed a competitor in the final quarter mile of the race and took sixth place by a gap of 20 seconds.
The sophomore girls also did not disappoint in their showing either. In her best finish of the season, Megan McMillan made an impressive move in the final lap of the course which shot her into an impressive second place finish. Not far behind were Hannah Clark in second and Kate Madorin in third to take three of the top four finishes in their category.
Notable finishes in the boy’s categories came from Parker Lyman who bounced back from bike issues in his last race to take his first top 10 finish of the year. Leif Lofgren also improved dramatically over his previous finish, inching his way towards the top 10 as well. Junior varsity racer Kyler Matthews finish this week leaves him as the only racer on the team who has continuously improved his finish place through all four races this season.
When the dust from the day of racing had cleared and team awards were announced, Morgan once again skillfully took home the third place trophy and solidified their overall third place rank in the state.
On Saturday, Nov. 9, the MorganMTB Race Team will be traveling to Moab to compete in the State Championship’s which is also their final race of the season.