Charis Mayton

Buena Vista’s Charis Mayton rides during the junior varsity race at the state championships in Durango.

Logan Trenkle led Buena Vista High School’s BV Racing varsity mountain bike team at the Colorado State Championships in Durango on Oct. 19-20. He placed 45th in the varsity race of Division 2 with a time of 1:57:13.55.

Charis Mayton finished 17th in the JV girls division and Mitchek Colley was third in the sophomore girls division.

“Logan had a phenomenal race in a very fast competitive field,” said coach Kathy McMurry.

In addition to his high finish, Trenkle won the Exceptional Student Athlete award for the entire league.

“He is very successful academically taking many advanced placement classes,” McMurry said. “In addition to his academic work and success on the Mountain Bike Team he also is active in drama, choir and earned his Eagle Scout badge.”

Mayton was the top point scorer for the team.

“The JV girls race was a tough one and Charis left nothing in the tank,” said McMurry. “She had very high and consistent placings all season and will likely be bumped up to varsity next season.”

Ace England went into the weekend on the front line in the sophomore boys division and got off to an amazing start.

Unfortunately, he started cramping in the first lap and had to get off his bike and release the cramp.

“Ace is a fighter and a classy competitor, he never let up after he got back on the bike and passed over 35 racers.

“The rest of the team all had stellar performances, and the BV coaches are all proud of them,” she said. “We look forward to see what these racers will be doing in the upcoming years.”

“We would like to thank our sponsors for making this possible,” said McMurry, noting the support of Climax Mine Youphoria Productions, McMurry Land & Livestock, High Country Bank, Diesslin Structures, Collegiate Peaks Eyewear, Buena Vista Optimist Club, Boneshaker Cycles, Black Burro Bikes, Eddlyline Restaurant, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort, Poremba Orthodontics and the Colorado High School Cycling League.

When she says the team wouldn’t exist without them, she is being literal.

“We are a club sport at BVHS, covered under school liabilities with expectations to follow all school/athletic policies and rules,” McMurry explained. “However, we do not get funding from the school, therefore we seek financial assistance from the community through sponsorship.

“The BV Racing team also does not fall under the BVHS Booster Club umbrella for certain things. They do give us a lot of support with senior signs and exposure on their social media sites, but being a club limits the support they are allowed to provide,” McMurry said.

BV Racing did receive funding for new jerseys this fall to celebrate its 10th year of racing, she noted.

The Colorado High School Cycling League falls under the National Interscholastic Cycling Association governing body, like CHSAA is for most other athletics in Colorado. NICA requires riders to pay a registration fee of $70 and each race is $65 per racer.

Scholarship funding provides support to any BV Racing rider. Sponsorships fund team bike purchases and maintenance, race weekend camping, food and jerseys.

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