UHSCL round two: Slow, fast conditions at Round Valley

Sophomore Zach Nelson of Corner Canyon High School carries his damaged bike across the finish to cheering spectators. By carrying his bike across the finish he avoided a DNF and received points for the race. (Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

Sophomore Zach Nelson of Corner Canyon High School carries his damaged bike across the finish to cheering spectators. By carrying his bike across the finish he avoided a DNF and received points for the race. (Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

PARK CITY — Park City High School’s Haley Batten made the best of some muddy conditions to win her second straight race at the second race of the Utah High School Cycling League’s season.

Snowy conditions at Round Valley created muddy conditions for racers — especially for the girls, who hit the course first on Saturday.

Batten’s teammate Brenna Egan took second and Ogden High’s Cate Carabine took third.

“Round Valley drains quickly, but conditions right out of the gate were really challenging for the girls,” said UHSCL director Lori Harward in a press release. “They did a great job pushing through the mud and the chilly start, and by the time their race was winding down the trails were getting dry and super fast.”

Olympus’ Justin Griffin fared the best in the speedy conditions, beating South Davis’ Zach Peterson, Anders Johnson (Weber) and Matthew Turner (Park City). Peterson and Griffin are tied for the overall lead with three races to go.

Standings:

  • Division One
  1. Park City                8,310
  2. Corner Canyon      7,830
  3. Morgan                   7,437
  • Division Two
  1. South Davis                                 3,958
  2. North Davis                                  3,714
  3. Olympus/Cottonwood/Hillcrest   3,669

Schedule:

  • Oct. 12 — Snowbasin
  • Oct. 26 — Soldier Hollow
  • Nov. 9 — Moab

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