MIT, Marian dominate women’s crits at Collegiate Road Nationals


Katie Quinn leads the peloton around a turn early in the D2 women's race.
Katie Quinn leads the peloton around a turn early in the D2 women's race.

Ogden, Utah (May 5, 2012) —Though individual titles were awarded, it was a day for strong team tactics in the criteriums at the 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships. Laura Ralston (Cambridge, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wisc./Marian University) kept their school colors on the top step of the podium for the second straight day in the women’s divisions. In the men’s races, two Colorado schools earned victories when Patric Rostel (Grand Junction, Colo./Colorado Mesa University) and Josh Yeaton (Boulder, Colo./University of Colorado - Boulder) were first across the line in their respective races.

Women’s Races

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology opened the day by engineering a sweep of the top three women’s Division II podium spots. Ralston and MIT teammate Katie Quinn (Cambridge, Mass.) split apart an early four-woman breakaway that had them out in front for the remainder of the race.

“We talked a lot before the race about some of the things we wanted to do, and one of the things we wanted to happen was a break in the middle section of the race. It worked out just to plan,” explained Ralston. “Some of the other teams’ riders were doing some aggressive moves, so we put some aggressive moves on the back of those moves and we got a gap.”

The pair crossed the line together well ahead of the rest of the field. Teammate Christina Birch (Somerville, Mass.) came around the last corner leading the pack and was able to hold her sprint to finish third.

In the Division II race, Antonneau defended her criterium title from a year ago as she and Marian University teammate Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif.) led the field across the line to grab first and second, respectively. Lenore Pipes (Guam/Cornell University) followed in third.

Several short-lived breakaways punctuated the race, but the field eventually swallowed them all. “We got in a few moves but none really stuck so we stayed together for the finish,” said Rivera.

The strong Marian contingent appeared to spend the majority of the race at the front. “We were going for prime points and stacking it at the end,” explained Antonneau.

Men’s Races

Josh Yeaton celebrates winning the D1 men's criterium.
Josh Yeaton celebrates winning the D1 men's criterium.

In the Division II men’s race, Colorado Mesa University’s Rostel sprinted out of a breakaway in front of the hard-charging peloton to earn the Stars-and-Stripes jersey ahead of Sebastian Scherf (Mars Hill, N.C./Mars Hill College) and Ryan Sullivan (Nashville, Tenn./Cumberland University). After being part of a five-man break that was reduced to three with five laps to go, Rostel made his move after crossing the line for the bell lap.

“I knew I couldn’t win the race in a sprint against those two guys, so I decided to attack on the little hill. A gap opened — maybe like 30 feet, 40 feet — and I just tried to drill it as hard as I could,” said Rostel. “The last stretch I looked back, saw I had enough — it was just amazing.”

The final race of the day was an all-out sprint to the line, with the University of Colorado – Boulder expertly moving Yeaton in position to earn the win ahead of Shane Haga (McKinney, Texas/Texas A & M University) and Zack Allison (Fort Collins, Colo./Colorado State University).

“I knew whoever came through that corner first was probably going to take the win. With one to go I was maybe tenth wheel, but one of my teammates basically took me up to the front. It was him and then a CSU rider and then myself, and my teammate took it essentially for the whole three quarters of the last lap. It was a team effort for sure,” said Yeaton. “Early in the race we were marking and making sure we had a guy in pretty much every move. We were prepared no matter what happened in the end.”

Team Omnium Standings

Following their success in the criterium, Marian University widened their lead over Fort Lewis College in the Division I team omnium standings. University of Colorado – Boulder follows closely in third, a mere five points behind the Skyhawks.

In the Division II standings, Mars Hill College has closed the gap on MIT to just eight points. The U.S. Military Academy sits in third, 34 points behind Mars Hill.

Racing concludes on Sunday with the road race. Both the women’s 101-kilometer course and the men’s 125-kilometer course will take riders through circuits of Pineview Reservoir before heading to the outskirts of Ogden. A challenging climb awaits competitors before they return to the reservoir for the finish. Racing starts at 8 a.m. Mountain time. For more information, including full results, a schedule of events, and a photo gallery, visit the 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals webpage. You can also follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #CollNats.

USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals Championships
Ogden, Utah
May 4-6, 2012


Division II Women
1. Laura Ralston (Cambridge, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 58:49
2. Katie Quinn (Cambridge, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) same time
3. Christina Birch (Somerville, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) +0:53
4. Mary Costelloe (Emmaus, Penn./Kutztown University of Pennsylvania) s.t.
5. Yuri Matsumoto (Cambridge, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) s.t.

Division I Women
1. Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wisc./Marian University) 59:24
2. Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Marian University) same time
3. Lenore Pipes (Guam/Cornell University) s.t.
4. Heather Fischer (Boulder, Colo./University of Colorado - Boulder) s.t.
5. Missy Erickson (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) s.t.

Division II Men
1. Patric Rostel (Grand Junction, Colo./Colorado Mesa University) 1:12:22
2. Sebastian Scherf (Mars Hill, N.C./Mars Hill College) +0:03
3. Ryan Sullivan (Nashville, Tenn./Cumberland University) same time
4. Richard Geng (Grand Junction, Colo./Colorado Mesa University) s.t.
5. Robin Carpenter (Philadelphia, Penn./Swarthmore College) s.t.

Division I Men
1. Josh Yeaton (Boulder, Colo./University of Colorado - Boulder) 1:14:14
2. Shane Haga (McKinney, Texas/Texas A & M University) same time
3. Zack Allison (Fort Collins, Colo./Colorado State University) s.t.
4. Griffin Easter (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) s.t.
5. Alder Martz (Charlotte, N.C./Marian University) s.t.

Team Omnium Standings After Day Two

Division I
1. Marian University – 344 points
2. Fort Lewis College – 287 points
3. University of Colorado – Boulder – 282 points
4. University of California – Davis – 197 points
5. Lindenwood University – 195

Division II
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 320 points
2. Mars Hill College – 312 points
3. U.S. Military Academy – 278 points
4. Cumberland University – 207 points
5. King College – 187 points

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