High school riders fly to 2nd
The Steamboat Springs High School mountain bike team recorded its top result of the season Sunday, cruising to a second-place finish in the Haymaker Classic race in Eagle.
“We slayed it,” coach Blair Seymour said. “We absolutely killed it. We hit an epic peak, and it was awesome.”
The team, unaffiliated with Steamboat Springs High School, came in just behind Boulder, but ahead of rivals Battle Mountain, third, and Fairview, fourth, a major step up for the program, which missed the overall podium in the first two races of the season.
It was a strong top-to-bottom performance that paved the way for the squad.
Steamboat had three racers in the varsity division, Jett Seymour, who was sixth, Simon Zink, eighth and Koby Vargas, 12th.
The team, meanwhile, had two others athletes who won their divisions. Evan Barbier won the boys junior varsity race, earning him the four-race series’ leaders jersey for being fastest in the 121-racer field.
Margaret Dickson won the girls freshman race by more than a minute.
“She was third after the first lap, then passed the second-place girl, and her eyes were on the first place girl, and she passed her, too, and beat her by more than a minute,” Blair Seymour said. “She even caught up to the sophomore leader, who started five minutes before she did. It was just really impressive.”
There were plenty of other strong finishes. Ethan Moyer was right behind Barbier, 16 seconds back, for a second-place finish in the JV race. Zack Mikkelson was 11th there, Peter Rosenthal 15th and Tyler Terranova 35th.
Josie Seibel placed ninth in the sophomore girls race while Elijah Vargas was third in the sophomore boys race, with Sven Tate14th, Grant Pohlman 17th, Sam Frackowiak 30th and Mac Skov 43rd.
Reilly Mewborn was 19th behind Dickson in the freshman girls race. On the boys side for the freshman, Trey Seymour led the way in placing second while John Foster Jr. was 16th, Matthew Kempers 28th, Chase High 33rd, Jake Olson 34th, Bennett Gamber 36th and Dane Freckleton 44th.
The team returns to action Oct. 10 with trip to Northrop, then returns to Eagle for the state championship.
Coming off Sunday’s performance, the team is riding high.
“It’s huge, because a lot of those teams have a lot more members,” Blair Seymour said. “We were just really able to step it up this weekend and slide in front of Battle Mountain.”
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