Kopell finishes in top-20 for Red Devil bikers at Kamas
by Drew Chowbay
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Red Devils’ junior varsity rider Annie Kopell snags 20th place at Kamas last weekend for her best run of the season.      		     Courtesy photo
Red Devils’ junior varsity rider Annie Kopell snags 20th place at Kamas last weekend for her best run of the season. Courtesy photo

The Red Devils’ mountain bike team traveled to the trails of Eagle Mountain to compete in the final race of their South Region-Division 2 schedule on Saturday, Oct. 28. This race was meant to make up for the previously snowed-out event that was scheduled for Oct. 14 in Kamas.

The course circuit was a beastly 6 miles in length, with a grueling 548 feet of gain per lap, with three laps in total. The Devils were able to grab 5th place overall amongst the 22 Division 2 teams competing, and saw a standout performance from sophomore Kenobi Clapper yet again.

Alongside Clapper, the top six scorers for Moab were Griffin Shannon, Elijah Topper, Wyatt Gholson, Annie Kopell and Tyler Moreau. “I was very proud of everyone who gave their best efforts to make this happen for the team. The team outdistanced sixth place by 49 points this time, as opposed to just one point at the Moab race,” said head coach Melissa Nerone.

Kenobi Clapper was able to snag 3rd place by a margin less than two-tenths of a second, finishing with a time of 50:58. Taking the No. 3 spot at Eagle Mountain moved Clapper to 2nd place overall in the South Region. Coach Nerone was extremely pleased with Clapper’s performance this week, saying, “It was great to see Kenobi give it his all and not give up. If it weren’t for that effort, he would have missed out on his second place overall finish for the season.”

Shannon raced as well, finishing in 8th place in the 12-mile circuit with a time of 52:30. Topper was able to snag 12th place, coming in at 53:17, and Wyatt Gholson finished 17th with a time of 54:15, putting three Red Devils in the top 20 for the junior varsity race. For the JV girls’ race, Kopell had her best finish of the season, sneaking in at 20th place with a time of 1:04.39. As a team, the Red Devils will finish out the season in 5th place. They now head to Three Peaks Trails in Cedar City, where teams from both North and South Regions will compete for the state championship on Saturday, Nov. 4.

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