There’s no doubt about it — the prep mountain biking scene runs through Boulder County.
This past weekend in Durango, and for the ninth time overall since the high school mountain biking state championships were established — the Boulder High squad claimed the state championship with an overall effort that included a second-place performance from Johnny Stanzione.
Fairview, which placed second in the Division I team race to the Panthers, was buoyed by a state championship for Liam Baartman.
The Panthers and Knights frequently boast a pair of the deepest teams in Colorado, and Sunday’s championships paid off for both teams. Boulder, which scored 7,162 points to win, had exceptional outputs from Stanzione (completed the three-lap course in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 6.94 seconds), Vin Hludinski (1:16.10.58) and Rowan Ellis-Rissler (1:33.05.57 in the female varsity race, 6th place). Also for Boulder, Eli DeBoom won the sophomore boys division (two laps, 53:09.75) and Hadyn Hludinski won the sophomore girls division (1:03.40.46).
The team sent 77 athletes to the championship event.
Fairview’s Baartman won the fastest lap competition with his first go-round of the course on Sunday, speeding to a time of 24:44.23 while keeping the momentum all the way through to the individual Division I title. The junior was able to hold off Stanzione in the final lap to come in with a total time of 1:16:06.04.
The Knights, which brought 43 participants to Durango, also got a top-5 effort from freshman Carter Kirkpatrick (55:47.63 in two laps) and an eighth-place showing from female Elise Harless (1:35:26.31). Knights coach Andrew Feeney was named the coach of the year after his team produced 6,791 points.
Overall, Boulder County had 156 competitors of the 817 in the event. Monarch had the next-best finish as a team, placing fifth in Division II with 3,086 points.