Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals continue on Saturday with eight titles awarded

  
  


Zachary Valdez took the men's cross-country win Division II on Saturday. Photo by Weldon Weaver
Zachary Valdez took the men's cross-country win Division II on Saturday. Photo by Weldon Weaver
Beech Mountain, N.C. (October 26, 2013) –
Eight more national titles were won at the 2013 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships on Saturday as the cross-country and downhill portions of the event took center stage.

After Saturday's racing, Fort Lewis College holds a 32 point lead over Lees-McRae College in the Division I team omnium standings. In Division II, Brevard College has a strong lead, sitting 141 points ahead of Western State Colorado University. Team omniums, as well as individual omniums will be awarded on Sunday. Click here for team omnium standings and here for individual omnium standings.

CROSS-COUNTRY RACING

Division I Men

Chris Baddick (University of Colorado-Boulder), who claimed silver in yesterday's short track race, made the winning move in today's cross-country competition to claim the national title among division I men.
 
"There wasn't so much a winning move," he said. "It was more about not making too many mistakes. When Kerry (Werner) went down on the second lap, I didn't have any choice but to attack. I got about 10-15 seconds on him and I put just enough pressure on him that he made a couple more mistakes and I could stay away until the end."
 
Kerry Werner (Lees-McRae College) finished in second while Kuss Sepp (University of Colorado-Boulder) collected the bronze medal. Yesterday's short track winner and Baddick's teammate Samuel Morrison (University of Colorado-Boulder) was fourth and Luke Vrouwenvelder (Lees-McRae College) was fifth.
 
Division I Women
 
Kate Courtney crosses the finish line for victory in the Division I women's cross-country race. Photo by Weldon Weaver.
Kate Courtney crosses the finish line for victory in the Division I women's cross-country race. Photo by Weldon Weaver.
Kate Courtney
(Stanford University) is really putting her mark on Division I women's racing. On Saturday, she claimed the cross-country win after taking the short track win on Friday.
 
Courtney finished ahead of silver medalist Lauren Catlin (Fort Lewis College) while Sofia Fomez Villafane (Fort Lewis College) took the bronze. Coryn Rivera (Marian University) and Linnea Dixson (University of Wyoming) claimed the fourth and fifth steps of the cross-country podium.
 
Division II Men
 
Zachary Valdez (Brevard College) took his second national title of the weekend in division II when he added cross-country gold to the short track win he achieved on Friday.
 
"I didn't come in expecting a lot," he explained afterwards. "But I knew I had the potential to win and so I just went with it and it worked out pretty well."
 
Valdez made the winning move in the second lap. He created a gap on the climb and held it until the end, finishing ahead of silver and bronze medalists Timothy Jenkinson (Mars Hill University) and Dylan Johnson (Brevard College). Lewis Gaffney (Brevard College) and Robert Rimmer (Virginia Intermont College) were fourth and fifth.
 
Division II Women
 
Alexis Skarda (Colorado Mesa University) rode her way to the top step of the podium in division II, adding a gold medal to the silver she took in the short track.
 
"Since there were only two laps, my plan was just to take off on the hills because hills are my strong point," the senior rider explained of her strategy. "I was a little nervous about the technical section but I took the lead half way up the hill and got 10-20 seconds from that point on."
 
Skarda beat out second- and third-place finishers Kaysee Armstrong (King University) and yesterday's short track winner Erica Zaveta (Brevard College) while Sarah Hill (Brevard College) and Essence Barton (California Lutheran University) rounded out the podium.

DOWNHILL RACING

Division I Men
 
Alex Dawson's descent to the gold in Division I. Photo by Weldon Weaver.
Alex Dawson's descent to the gold in Division I. Photo by Weldon Weaver.
Alex Dawson
(Appalachian State University) clocked the fastest time of the day in the downhill competitions to claim the win amongst division I men. With a time of 2:25.970, Dawson beat out silver and bronze medalists Adam Digby (Fort Lewis College) and John Swanguen (Lindsey Wilson College) who posted times of 2:26.291 and 2:26.279 respectively. Max Morgan (University of Vermont) and Joshua Patton (Lindsey Wilson College) were fourth and fifth.
 
Division I Women
 
In the division I women's race, Rebecca Gardner (Fort Lewis College) was the only rider to break the three minute barrier, completing the course with a time of 2:58.418. Descending to the silver and bronze medals were Shayona Glynn (Marian University) and Hailey Sarausky (Lees-McRae College) with 3:20.956 and 3:25.457. Eva Wilson (Colorado State University) and Sage Kitson (Fort Lewis College) rounded out the podium.
 
Division II Men
 
Erica Zaveta is about to be interviewed after taking her second Stars-and-Stripes jersey of the weekend. Photo by Weldon Weaver.
Erica Zaveta is about to be interviewed after taking her second Stars-and-Stripes jersey of the weekend. Photo by Weldon Weaver.
Andrew Slowey
(Front Range Community College) clocked a 2:27.765 to best Daniel Ennis (Brevard College) in the division II men's race. Ennis posted a 2:29.680 to finish ahead of Mac Banner (Brevard College) who collected bronze in 2:33.608. The fourth and fifth steps of the podium went to Ryan Burney (Wentworth Institute of Technology) and Derek Maiden (East Tennessee State University).
 
Division II Women
 
Taking her fourth career Stars-and-Stripes jersey was Erica Zaveta (Brevard College). With a time of 3:08.401, she added the division II women's downhill crown to the gold medal she won in the short track on Friday.
 
"I qualified third yesterday. It was icy and muddy but today was much warmer. I do much better in mud," the all-around rider explained. "I got to do some racing here in the summer because Beech was open so I did one race before this. I got to see the track before which was good but the mud was really good for me and I was pretty smooth with it."
 
Finishing second and third behind Zaveta were Coleen Pacuraiu (US Air Force Academy) with a 3:17.669 and Essence Barton (California Lutheran University) with a 3:20.674. Ali Osgood (Humboldt State University) and Sarah Hill (Brevard College) rounded out fourth and fifth.
 
Next up...
 
Competition will conclude on Sunday with dual slalom and team relays. The individual and team omniums will also be awarded.
 
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For more information, visit the event webpage, or click on the links below.
 
PHOTO GALLERYCOMPLETE RESULTSSCHEDULE & START LISTS
 
USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships
Beech Mountain, N.C.
October 25-27, 2013
 
Division I Men's Cross-country
1. Chris Baddick (University of Colorado-Boulder)
2. Kerry Werner (Lees-McRae College)
3. Kuss Sepp (University of Colorado-Boulder)
4. Samuel Morrison (University of Colorado-Boulder)
5. Luke Vrouwenvelder (Lees-McRae College)
 
Division I Women's Cross-country
1. Kate Courtney (Stanford University)
2. Lauren Catlin (Fort Lewis College)
3. Sofia Fomez Villafane (Fort Lewis College)
4. Coryn Rivera (Marian University)
5. Linnea Dixson (University of Wyoming)
 
Division II Men's Cross-country
1. Zachary Valdez (Brevard College)
2. Timothy Jenkinson (Mars Hill University)
3. Dylan Johnson (Brevard College)
4. Lewis Gaffney (Brevard College)
5. Robert Rimmer (Virginia Intermont College)
 
Division II Women's Cross-country
1. Alexis Skarda (Colorado Mesa University)
2. Kaysee Armstrong (King University)
3. Erica Zaveta (Brevard College)
4. Sarah Hill (Brevard College)
5. Essence Barton (California Lutheran University)
 
Division I Men's Downhill
1. Alex Dawson (Appalachian State University) – 2:25.970
2. Adam Digby (Fort Lewis College) – 2:26.279
3. John Swanguen (Lindsey Wilson College) – 2:26.291
4. Max Morgan (University of Vermont) – 2:29.447
5. Joshua Patton (Lindsey Wilson College) – 2:30.431
 
Division I Women's Downhill
1. Rebecca Gardner (Fort Lewis College) – 2:58.418
2. Shayona Glynn (Marian University) – 3:20.956
3. Hailey Sarausky (Lees-McRae College) – 3:25.457
4. Eva Wilson (Colorado State University) – 3:27.559
5. Sage Kitson (Fort Lewis College) – 3:29.549
 
Division II Men's Downhill
1. Andrew Slowey (Front Range Community College) – 2:27.765
2. Daniel Ennis (Brevard College) – 2:29.680
3. Mac Banner (Brevard College) – 2:33.608
4. Ryan Burney (Wentworth Institute of Technology – 2:38.146
5. Derek Maiden (East Tennessee State University – 2:38.146
 
Division II Women's Downhill
1. Erica Zaveta (Brevard College) – 3:08.401
2. Coleen Pacuraiu (US Air Force Academy) – 3:17.669
3. Essence Barton (California Lutheran University) – 3:20.674
4. Ali Osgood (Humboldt State University) – 3:35.523
5. Sarah Hill (Brevard College) – 3:47.738


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