Jackson Sorensen on the downhill turns in Price, Utah. He took third place in his race. [Photo courtesy of Greg Child]

Last weekend 661 student mountain bikers from nineteen South Region high schools raced on a brand new course in Price, Utah. The Moab Red Devils were there with 19 riders, and the team won the first place trophy for points in their division. The 4.8-mile course was designed and constructed by Carbon High School students and coaches, and it included a grueling hill climb up switchbacks and a fast descent down sweeping berms.

Taking the top-five podiums for team Moab were Ryder Murdock in second place and Aidan Baird in fifth in boys Junior Varsity Division 2B; Jackson Sorensen in third place in boys Junior Varsity Division 2A; and Ariann Child in fifth place in girls Junior Varsity Division A.

The Red Devils race once more at the Utah State Championships, on Oct. 18 and 19 at Cedar City. This huge event is open to over 2,200 riders from 72 Utah high school teams, making mountain biking the biggest high school sport in the state. Coaches Colin Topper, Mike Estensen, Mike Baird, Tim Matthews and Ryan Gale will keep training the students on Moab’s trails to maintain the Red Devils winning streak.