Panthers News · The West HS Mountain Bike Team wins all 4 regional races and the Utah State Championship!


The West HS Mountain Bike Team wins all 4 regional races and the Utah State Championship!

The mountain bike team had an amazing season with biweekly team rides from early June through the end of October. Our race season started off at Powder Mountain on August 29th with a strong showing from our high school and junior devo riders. The next three races were held on trails outside of Price, Vernal, and Cedar City. Our all-female varsity squad – Tory Peters, Nell Bernard, and Sophie Penner – consistently dazzled us with their amazing grit, stamina, and skill. The culmination of these four races found Tory Peters (5th place Varsity), Joseph Bonacci (1st place JVA), Connor Meck (3rd place JVB), and Bryce Ostermiller (2nd place Freshman A) besting riders from much larger D2 and D1 schools (varsity), on the regional podiums. Through their amazing accomplishments and those of our entire team, we managed to win each of these regional races in the D3 category and go on to win the State Championships in St. George on October 23rd and 24th. We bid farewell and thank our seniors, Tory Peters, Joseph Bonacci, and Win Van Blarcom, for the fun times and their commitment to our team.

If you are a 7th-12th grader and can ride a bike on pavement, you can mountain bike on trails and we will show you how. For more information on our amazing team please contact our new head coach for more details:

Dru Whitlock: drury.whitlock@gmail.com

Laura Martins-West High MTB Head Coach

State Championship athletes as follows: Tory Peters (top left), Lucas Hull (top right). Bottom from left to right: Nell Bernard, Sophie Penner, Win Van Blarcom, Marcus Pacenza, Joseph Bonacci. Not pictured: Bryce Ostermiller and Connor Meck.