KAYSVILLE – South Davis Composite’s Zach Peterson once again had the race of his life last Saturday at the Utah High School Cycling League State Championship race in Moab.
Even though he led for the majority of the race, fellow racer Justin Griffin of the Olympus/Cottonwood/Hillcrest team was able to claim his second championship in a row.
The race, a 26-mile trek through the Moab course, was the final leg in the five-race season that started on Sept. 14 this year.
This is the second full season for the cycling league, and Peterson was edged out by Griffin in both years. In the inaugural 2012 campaign, the 1-2 finish by Griffin and Peterson was much closer. Griffin claimed the title by less than 10 points.
Peterson’s lead eventually gave way to Griffin in the fourth and final lap.
In the final race standings, provided by the league on its website utahmtb.org, Griffin’s finish earned him 600 points, compared to Peterson’s 589 points.
Hayden Sampson of the North Davis Area Composite team also had a strong race, placing sixth in the title race.
Matthew Jenson of Davis High School placed 12th in the Boys’ Junior Varsity Division I race, and Kason Perkins of South Davis Composite finished second in the JV Division II race.
Perkins finished behind Grand County High School’s Preston Bagley.
Perkins’ teammate Matthew Lerdahl was sixth in the same race.
Full racing results and standings can be seen at utahmtb.org.