Collegiate MTB Nats end with dual slalom and omnium awards

  
  


Fort Lewis College topped the Division I team omnium podium at the 2012 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships. (Photo by Jonathan Devich)
Fort Lewis College topped the Division I team omnium podium at the 2012 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships. (Photo by Jonathan Devich)
Angel Fire, N.M. (October 21, 2012) — The 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships concluded Sunday at the Angel Fire Resort in Angel Fire, N.M., with the dual slalom competition and the omnium awards. The riders battled a dusty course on an otherwise beautiful say with sunny, cloudless skies and comfortably mild temperatures.

The dual slalom course stretched only a quarter of a mile and dropped riders 100 feet of elevation.

Team and Individual Omniums

After earning the maximum 94 points in six of the eight categories, Fort Lewis College won the Division I team omnium by 76 points over the University of Colorado-Boulder. The Skyhawks earned the maximum points in all but the men's and women's dual slalom contests. Marian University surged up the rankings with four individual podium appearances on Sunday to finish third with 445 points. Lees-McRae College finished only six points behind Marian with 439 points to place fourth, while the University of Wyoming placed fifth with 434 points.

Brevard College totaled 629 points to win the Division II team omnium, finishing 41 points ahead of second-place Union College-Ky. Powered by strong performances in the men's gravity events, Western State Colorado University totaled 421 points to place third, 41 points ahead of Warren Wilson College. Mars Hill College rounds out the top five with 359 points.

Bryce Hocking topped the Division I men's dual slalom podium. (Photo by Jonathan Devich)
Bryce Hocking topped the Division I men's dual slalom podium. (Photo by Jonathan Devich)
“I’ve been training and racing with these guys all season and I’ve seen how hard they’ve worked," Brevard College rider Erica Zaveta (Erwinna, Pa./Brevard College) said. "It’s awesome to win this because it shows our program is going to be strong for years to come.”

Joey Schusler (Boulder, Colo./University of Colorado-Boulder) used the same bike in all four events this weekend. He accured 364 points to top the Division I men's individual omnium, beating silver medalist Rotem Ishay (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) by only 18 points. Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) finished third with 230 points. Erik Nelson (Gilbert, Ariz./Northern Arizona University) placed fourth with 209 points while Casey Coffman (Reno, Nev./University of Nevada-Reno) rounds out the top five with 142 points.

Jill Behlen (Boulder, Colo./University of Wyoming) reached the podium in each of the four events this weekend to claim the top spot of the Division I women's individual omnium. Behlen earned a bronze medal in Sunday's dual slalom after placing fourth in each of the first three contests of the weekend. In all, Behlen amassed 478 points toward the individual omnium. Behlen's teammate Linnea Dixson (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) finished second with 292 points, only 23 points ahead of Eva Wilson (Kensington, N.H./Colorado State University), who placed third. Kaila Hart (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) finished with 237 points to place fourth while Emily Paxson (Burlington, Vt./University of Vermont) was fifth with 231 points.

“It’s really fun to do all of the events because they are so different," Behlen said. "You get to compete with everybody and it’s fun to podium at all four events.”

Wesley Lamberson (Limestone, Tenn./Union College-Ky.) finished in top-10 three times, including a bronze medal in the short track cross-country race, to total 375 points and win the Division II men's individual omnium. Bobby Zidek (Chico, Calif./California State University-Chico) placed second to Lamberson with 288 points while Timothy Jenkinson (Mars Hill, N.C./Mars Hill College) earned the bronze medal with 277 points. Justin Graves (Arcata, Calif./Humboldt State University) finished only one point ahead of Daniel Ennis (Pisgah Forest, N.C./Brevard College) to place fourth and fifth, respectively.

Similar to Behlen, Essence Barton (Thousand Oaks, Calif./California Lutheran University) reached the podium in each of the four events this weekend. Barton won the dual slalom, placed second in the downhill and finished fourth in the two endurance races, the cross-country and the short track cross-country to secure the top spot of the Division II women's individual omnium with 542 points. Zaveta earned three bronze medals before placing eighth in the dual slalom to record 470 points to finish second to Barton. Elisa Otter (Montpelier, Vt./Union College-Ky.) totaled 444 points to earn the bronze medal while Allison Jones (Raleigh, N.C./Warren Wilson College) placed fourth with 323 points. Kara Uhl (Smithville, Texas/Union College-Ky.) amassed 295 points to place fifth.

Dual Slalom

Division I Men
Bryce Hocking
(Carlsbad, Calif./Marian University) defeated the defending Division I men's national champion Joey Schusler (Boulder, Colo./University of Colorado-Boulder) to win the Stars-and-Stripes jersey.

Schusler won the first of two runs by .35 seconds. Hocking made up the difference in the second heat to ascend to the top step of the podium.

The winner of Saturday's Division I men's downhill national champion, John Swanguen (Columbia, Ky./Lindsey Wilson College), qualified with the fourth-fastest time and looked strong heading into the semifinals against Schusler.

Schusler beat Swanguen to force Swanguen into the contest for the bronze against Logan Collins (Mount Juliet, Tenn./Lindsey Wilson College). Swanguen won as Collins was unable to compete in the contest for bronze.

Division I Women

Stephanie Caluag won the Division I women's dual slalom. (Photo by Jonathan Devich)
Stephanie Caluag won the Division I women's dual slalom. (Photo by Jonathan Devich)
Stephanie Caluag (Columbia, Ky./Lindsey Wilson College) upset Crystal Kalogris (Fort Wayne, Ind./Marian University), who won the Division II women's national title in this event in 2011, in the final heat to win the Division I women's national championship.

Jill Behlen (Boulder, Colo./University of Wyoming), who qualified with the sixth-best time, managed to advance to the bronze-medal round. In that round, Behlen defeated Madison Pitts (Lake Worth, Fla./Lindenwood University) to secure the bronze medal.

Division II Men
Paul Mayes
(Homer, Ill./Michigan Technological University) repeated as the Division II men's national champion after he defeated Owen Tulip (North Conway, N.H./Western State Colorado University) in the final.

Mayes crashed during the qualifying runs in the morning and was seeded 24th. He strung together clean rides through the ensuing rounds and advanced to the final where he defeated Tulip.

Mac Banner (Etowah, N.C./Brevard College) won the bronze medal after he slipped past Scott Hoenisch (US Air Force Academy, Colo./United States Air Force Academy) in the contest for third place.

Division II Women
Essence Barton
(Thousand Oaks, Calif./California Lutheran University) earned her third consecutive collegiate national championship in the dual slalom when she defeated Ariana Altier (Chico, Calif./University of California-Chico) in the final round.

"I can't even explain it," Barton said. "This year has been so challenging racing Ariana Altier this year. We've been going back and forth all year. She beat me in downhill this weekend. Right when I got to the bottom of downhill, I knew I got second. I said, 'I'm going up to slalom and practicing.' It's so nice to have that competition. It feels so good to have that back and forth in a good competitive spirit. To win for the third time in my third year of college, it blows my mind."

Barton qualified with the best time during the morning qualifying runs, while Altier posted the second-best time. The top two seeds advanced through the 13-rider tournament.

Elisa Otter (Montpelier, Vt./Union College-Ky.) defeated Allison Jones (Raleigh, N.C./Warren Wilson College) in the ride for the bronze medal.

Visit the official event webpage of the 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships for more information on the event, including the required eligibility form, complete schedule, eligibility and qualification information, course maps, results, photo gallery, omnium standings and more. Additionally, you can follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #CollNats.

2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships

Paul Mayes repeated as the Division II men's dual slalom collegiate national champion. (Photo by Jonathan Devich)
Paul Mayes repeated as the Division II men's dual slalom collegiate national champion. (Photo by Jonathan Devich)
October 19-21, 2012
Angel Fire, N.M.

FULL RESULTS

TEAM OMNIUM RESULTS

INDIVIDUAL OMNIUM RESULTS

PHOTO GALLERY

Team Omnium

Division I
1. Fort Lewis College 701
2. University of Colorado-Boulder 625
3. Marian University 445
4. Lees-McRae College 439
5. University of Wyoming 434

Division II
1. Brevard College 629
2. Union College-Ky. 588
3. Western State Colorado University 421
4. Warren Wilson College 380
5. Mars Hill College 359

Individual Omnium

Division I Men

Essence Barton topped the Division II women's podiums for dual slalom and individual omnium. (Photo by Jonathan Devich)
Essence Barton topped the Division II women's podiums for dual slalom and individual omnium. (Photo by Jonathan Devich)
1. Joey Schusler (Boulder, Colo./University of Colorado-Boulder) 364
2. Rotem Ishay (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) 346
3. Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) 230
4. Erik Nelson (Gilbert, Ariz./Northern Arizona University) 209
5. Casey Coffman (Reno, Nev./University of Nevada-Reno) 142

Division I Women
1. Jill Behlen (Boulder, Colo./University of Wyoming) 478
2. Linnea Dixson (Steamboat Springs, Colo./University of Wyoming) 292
3. Eva Wilson (Kensington, N.H./Colorado State University) 269
4. Kaila Hart (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) 237
5. Emily Paxson (Burlington, Vt./University of Vermont) 231

Division II Men
1. Wesley Lamberson (Limestone, Tenn./Union College-Ky.) 375
2. Bobby Zidek (Chico, Calif./California State University-Chico) 288
3. Timothy Jenkinson (Mars Hill, N.C./Mars Hill College) 277
4. Justin Graves (Arcata, Calif./Humboldt State University) 213
5. Daniel Ennis (Danville, Va./Brevard College) 212

Division II Women
1. Essence Barton (Thousand Oaks, Calif./California Lutheran University) 542
2. Erica Zaveta (Erwinna, Pa./Brevard College) 470
3. Elisa Otter (Montpelier, Vt./Union College-Ky.) 444
4. Allison Jones (Raleigh, N.C./Warren Wilson College) 323
5. Kara Uhl (Smithville, Texas/Union College-Ky.) 295

Dual Slalom

Division I Men
1. Bryce Hocking (Carlsbad, Calif./Marian University)
2. Joey Schusler (Boulder, Colo./University of Colorado-Boulder)
3. John Swanguen (Columbia, Ky./Lindsey Wilson College)
4. Logan Collins (Mount Juliet, Tenn./Lindsey Wilson College)
5. Chase Hines (Summerville, S.C./Marian University)

Division I Women
1. Stephanie Caluag (Columbia, Ky./Lindsey Wilson College)
2. Crystal Kalogris (Fort Wayne, Ind./Marian University)
3. Jill Behlen (Boulder, Colo./University of Wyoming)
4. Madison Pitts (Lake Worth, Fla./Lindenwood University)
5. Brittany Bates

Division II Men
1. Paul Mayes (Homer, Ill./Michigan Technological University)
2. Owen Tulip (North Conway, N.H./Western State Colorado University)
3. Mac Banner (Etowah, N.C./Brevard College)
4. Scott Hoenisch (US Air Force Academy, Colo./United States Air Force Academy)
5. Daniel Ennis (Pisgah Forest, N.C./Brevard College)

Division II Women
1. Essence Barton (Thousand Oaks, Calif./California Lutheran University)
2. Ariana Altier (Chico, Calif./University of California-Chico)
3. Elisa Otter (Montpelier, Vt./Union College-Ky.)
4. Allison Jones (Raleigh, N.C./Warren Wilson College)
5. Catherine Harnden (Mars Hill, N.C./Mars Hill College)



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