Two national titles awarded before rain hits collegiate track nats

Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sept. 11, 2008)—A pair national champions were crowned on Thursday at the 2008 USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships. The women’s two-kilometer and the men’s three-kilometer time trial events opened the competition before the rains hit the 7-Eleven Velodrome. 
 
Carla Swart (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) earned the first national title of the 2008-2009 Collegiate Cycling season, posting a 2:39.918 in the women’s two-kilometer time trial. With the victory, Swart, the reigning DI road race champion, gave her Lees-McRae squad an early boost in the team omnium contest. Tirrel Groventein (Fort Collins, Colo./Colorado State University) earned the silver medal with a time of 2:43.430 while freshman Sinead Miller (Pittsburgh, Pa./Marian College), who finished eighth in the road race at the Junior Road World Championships in July, took the bronze.
 
The men’s three-kilometer time trial event wrapped up the morning session with Colorado State University’s Dan Lionberg (Fort Collins, Colo.) earning the national title. After a blazing first kilometer Lionberg was able to hold the strong pace to win gold with a time of 3:30.381. David Williams (Grand Rapids, Mich./Marian College) nearly ousted Lionberg from the top spot in the final heat of the day, but had to settle for silver, just over a second behind Lionberg. The University of Colorado’s Julian Kyer (Lyons, Colo.) held on to the third spot in a stacked field of nearly 70 of collegiate cycling’s best.  
 
The men’s kilo time trial and the women’s 500-meter race against the clock were slated for 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, but Mother Nature decided otherwise, as rain forced race officials to postpone the events until 9:00 a.m. Friday morning. The pair of events will be run prior to the start of the morning’s regularly scheduled sprint and pursuit preliminaries. In addition to the time trial events, national titles up for grabs on Friday at the 2008 USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships include the women’s team pursuit, the men’s sprint, the mixed team pursuit as well as the women’s points race.
 
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2008 USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships
7-Eleven Velodrome
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sept. 11-13, 2008
  
Women’s Two Kilometer Time Trial
1. Carla Swart (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) 2:39.918
2. Tirrel Groventein (Fort Collins, Colo./Colorado State University) 2:43.430
3. Sinead Miller (Pittsburgh, Pa./Marian College) 2:43.561
4. Julia Manley (Fort Collins, Colo./Colorado State University) 2:43.947
5. Rita Klofta (Greencastle, Ind./DePauw University) 2:45.006
 
Men’s Three Kilometer Time Trial
1. Dan Lionberg (Fort Collins, Colo./Colorado State University) 3:30.381
2. David Williams (Grand Rapids, Mich./Marian College) 3:31.390
3. Julian Kyer (Lyons, Colo./University of Colorado-Boulder) 3:33.390
4. Oscar Clark (Atlanta,Ga./Georgia State University) 3:33.720
5. Spencer Beamer (Knoxville, Tenn./Furman University) 3:34.097
 
 
 
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