Fort Lewis and MIT atop Collegiate Cycling in 07-08

The Fort Lewis College Skyhawks dethroned Lees-McRae College, winning the 2007-2008 USA Cycling Collegiate National Team Rankings Division I race by a single point over the defending champion Bobcats. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology earned the Division II title over a surging Western Washington University in another tight race for the overall team title.   
 
The season-long points race proved to be a nail-biter in DI as the Durango, Colorado-based powerhouse Fort Lewis College earned 76 points to edge out the defending champions from Lees-McRae College (75 points). After opting to make the jump from Division II to Division I in the 2006-07 school year and upsetting several traditional DI powerhouses, Lees-McRae, a small, private North Carolina school with an enrollment of less than 800 students, had to settle for second in its sophomore season in the big leagues.
 
In 2007-08 Lees-McRae and Fort Lewis traded gold and silver team omnium titles at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike, Cyclocross, and Road National Championships, resulting in a near points deadlock. The contest that made the difference ironically was the first one of the season, the USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships where Fort Lewis finished third as a team, a mere two spots ahead of Lees-McRae’s fifth-place finish.
 
With strong performances throughout the season, the Rams of Colorado State University came in third-place with 60 points, the University of Colorado-Boulder (42 points) finished fourth, edging the University of California-Davis (42) in a tie-breaker to round out the top five in DI. To view a complete list of the USA Cycling Collegiate Division I National Rankings, click here.
 
In the Division II battle, the Engineers of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (58 points) stepped up their game from last year’s third-place finish, earning the title over Western Washington University (53 points) who after earning no points in the track discipline surged late in the season to take the second spot. Both the Colorado School of Mines and the U.S. Military Academy earned 48 points on the season, however the Colorado School of Mines won the tie-breaker with a higher placing (fourth) at the most recent of the four competitions, the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships. Whitman College (43 points) completed the top five in the Division II race. To view a complete list of the USA Cycling Collegiate Division II National Rankings, click here.
 
“On top of determining start line call-ups for subsequent championships, the rankings recognize the collegiate teams with the most well-rounded squad of riders across all disciplines,” said National Collegiate Manager, Daniel Matheny, regarding the significance of the national rankings. “These teams and riders are stepping outside of their primary disciplines and racing in the other championship disciplines in effort to secure points. This creates tremendous cross-over within collegiate members, which offer the opportunity for these riders to experience and concurrently grow these disciplines within collegiate cycling and beyond.” 
 
The USA Cycling Collegiate National Team Rankings are determined on an annual basis by allocating points to the top 20 teams in each division at the four USA Cycling Collegiate National Championship contests: Track, Mountain Bike, Cyclocross, and Road. Click here to view the complete USA Cycling Collegiate results and rankings page.
 
 
About USA Cycling   
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization and sanctioning body, USA Cycling consists of 64,000+ members, including 57,000 competitive cyclists, 1,500 coaches, 4,000 student-athletes, 2,200 officials, 350 professional cyclists, and 200 certified mechanics. USA Cycling also sanctions 2,500 competitive and non-competitive organized cycling events throughout the United States annually, as well as 1,800 clubs and teams. Associations of USA Cycling include the United States Cycling Federation (road, track & cyclo-cross), the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (mountain bike), the BMX Association, the National Collegiate Cycling Association and the United States Professional Racing Organization. USA Cycling is also responsible for the identification, development, support and promotion of American cyclists through various athletic initiatives and programs including the USA Cycling National Development Team, the USA Cycling Women’s National Team, the USA Cycling Junior Development Team, Talent Identification and Regional Development Camps, domestic and international race calendars, direct athlete funding and support programs, and educational camps and seminars. USA Cycling also fields and supports U.S. National Teams for various international events, including the Olympic Games, World Championships, Pan American Games, Continental Championship and World Cups across all levels and disciplines of competitive cycling. USA cycling further supports grass roots and locally-based initiatives through its 32 Local Associations and comprehensive network of licensed and certified coaches and officials. Additionally, USA Cycling conducts National Championship events for amateur and professional cyclists, awarding more than 600 national titles annually to men and women in junior, U23, masters, elite, professional and paralympic categories throughout the various disciplines of competitive cycling. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org. For media-related or general inquiries, please contact USA Cycling Director of Communications, Andy Lee at 719-866-4867 or alee@usacycling.org.   
 


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