Cyclists ride to fifth at state
Despite racing without a handful of its top riders, Steamboat Springs’s high school mountain biking team wrapped up its season with another strong ride, cruising to a fifth-place finish at the state championship Sunday in Eagle.
The team racked up five top-10 finishes to settle into fifth place out of the 19 teams in the state’s top division.
“It was exciting,” Coach Blair Seymour said. “The kids pushed themselves beyond what they have in the past, which was great.”
The top result of the day came from Margaret Dixson, who was third in the girls freshman division.
She flew around the two-lap course in 1 hour, 2 minutes and 23.82 seconds, about 45 seconds off the lead and easily fast enough to climb up on the podium.
“She’s just a little fighter,” Seymour said. “She’s a strong, competitive little athlete. She digs deep, and you can see it in her eyes.”
Evan Barbier had a heck of a day, as well. After slipping to seventh place midway through the boys junior varsity race, he powered to the end and climbed up to fourth by the finish.
Barbier also won the “trailblazer award,” presented to an athlete for overcoming obstacles.
Trey Seymour made the top 10 in the boys freshman race, rolling to sixth place, while Elijah Vargas was eighth in the sophomore boys race and Jett Seymour was 10th in the most competitive race on the boys’ side, the varsity division.
Ethan Moyer came in just behind Barbier to place 11th in the JV boys race. Josie Seibel was 16th in the sophomore girls race and Reilly Mewborn was 12th in the freshman girls race.
Sven Tate was 15th, Grant Pohlman 26th and Sam Frackowiak 60th in the sophomore boys race.
John Foster was 24th in the freshman boys race, Bennett Gamber 52nd, Chase High 56th, Jake Olson 59th and Dane Freckleton 60th.
The team did race without two of its usual varsity athletes, who missed several regular season races due to skiing training camps. That did little to ruin the weekend for Steamboat riders, however.
“They really dug deep,” said Seymour, who coached the team this year with Mike Pinsker, Dan Vargas, Mindy Mullikan, Michelle Freckleton, Jon Freckleton and Dax Massey.
“They gave it their all,” she said.
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