Marian and MIT come out on top of Collegiate Track Nationals
Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sept. 13, 2008)—Marian University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earned the team omnium awards as the final eight national titles of the 2008 USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships were awarded on Saturday. Dan Lionberg (Fort Collins, Colo./Colorado State University) and Carla Swart (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) took home the individual omnium titles as competition concluded at the 7-Eleven Velodrome.
After winning all three of the team events, Marian College of Indiana won the team omnium title with 899 points over Colorado State University (842) and Lees-McRae College (743). In Division II MIT was able to leap frog DePauw University with a strong showing in the final event to take home the national title 687-608.
After winning the women’s two-kilometer time trial title and the sprint crown, Swart earned the overall women’s omnium title 185-149 over Sinead Miller (Pittsburgh, Pa./Marian College). With numerous top five finishes including a three-kilometer time trial national title Lionberg edged sprint and kilo national champion David Espinoza (Breingsville, Pa./Penn State University) to earn the men’s omnium title, 149-143.
The morning’s competition opened with Sierra Siebenlist (Indianapolis, Ind.) earning Marian College its fourth national title of the event, posting a time of 39.436 in the women’s 500-meter time trial. Illinois Tech’s Elena Dorr (Shoreville, Minn.) followed with a silver medal time of 39.534 and Andrea Fisk (Portland, Ore./Reed College) posted a 39.604 to earn the bronze medal.
Friday night’s sprint national champion, Espinozaadded a second Stars-and-Stripes jersey to his collection with a victory in the men’s kilometer time trial. Espinoza turned in a 1:05.359 to better his closest competitor in the 75-rider contest by more than a full second. Midwestern State’s Matt Fox (Wichita Falls, Texas) was the only other rider to better the 1:07 mark, giving him the silver medal. The men’s three-kilometer time trial champion, Lionberg turned in a 1:07.367 to earn himself a bronze in the one kilometer race against the clock.
Marian College completed a sweep of the team events at this year’s collegiate track nationals with a win in the men’s team pursuit. Taylor Brown (Fleetwood, Pa.), Rob Bush (Indianapolis, Ind.), Bennet Van Der Genugten (Bloomington, Ill.) and David Williams (Grand Rapids, Mich.) combined for a time of 3:27.011 over the three-kilometer event to take another national title home to Indianapolis. Colorado State University followed up with a time only fourth-tenths of a second behind Marian to earn the silver, while Fort Lewis College added to their team omnium points total with a third place finish.
After qualifying third, Lees-McRae veteran Swart took two straight from Andrea Fisk (Portland, Ore.) of Reed College to take another national title on the young 08-09 season. Fisk, after blowing through the preliminary rounds earned the silver. In similar form, Tela Crane (Bellingham,Wash./Western Washington University) took two straight from Amara Boursaw (Stanwood, Wash./Pacific Lutheran University) to win the bronze.
Former junior national champion Nik Reinert (Mertztown, Pa./University of Pittsburgh) won the points race national title in dramatic fashion, edging Scott Jackson (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) and Julian Kyer (Lyons, Colo./University of Colorado-Boulder) by only four and five points respectively. Reinert had only a slight lead heading into the final sprint when Penn State’s Espinoza, who had yet to score a point, turned on the gas to take the final five sprint points and prevent anyone from surpassing Reinert who earned his first-ever collegiate Stars-and-Stripes.
“I wasn’t even sure I had won,” explained Reinert. “It seems a lot cooler to win at the collegiate level. The competition level is top notch so that makes this really special.”
2008 USA Cycling Colleigate Track National Championships
Colorado Springs, Colo.
September 11-13, 2008
Women’s 500-meter Time Trial
1. Sierra Siebenlist (Indianopolis, Ind./Marian College) 39.436
2. Elena Dorr (Shoreville, Minn./Illinois Institute of Technology) 39.534
3. Andrea Fisk (Portland, Ore./Reed College) 39.604
4. Sinead Miller (Pittsburgh, Pa./Marian College) 39.694
5. Chloe Jackson (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) 39.762
Men’s Kilometer Time Trial
1. David Espinoza (Breingsville, Pa./Penn State University) 1:05.359
2. Matt Fox (Wichita Falls, Texas/Midwestern State University) 1:06.916
3. Dan Lionberg (Fort Collins, Colo./Colorado State University) 1:07.367
4. Bennet Van Der Genugten (Indianapolis, Ind./Marian College) 1:07.412
5. Dan Sullivan (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) 1:07.842
Men’s Team Pursuit
1. Marian College 3:27.011
2. Colorado State University 3:27.402
3. Fort Lewis College 3:32.188
4. Lindenwood University 3:35.867
5. Lees-McRae College 3:36.269
1. Carla Swart (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College)
2. Andrea Fisk (Portland, Ore./Reed College)
3. Tela Crane (Bellingham,Wash./Western Washington University)
4. Amara Boursaw (Stanwood, Wash./Pacific Lutheran University)
5. Elena Dorr ((Shoreville, Minn./Illinois Institute of Technology)
Men’s Points Race
1. Nik Reinert (Mertztown, Pa./University of Pittsburgh) 26
2. Scott Jackson (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) 21
3. Julian Kyer (Lyons, Colo./University of Colorado-Boulder) 20
4. Dan Lionberg (Fort Collins, Colo./Colorado State University) 17
5. Grant Boursaw (Stanwood, Wash./University of Washington-Seattle) 14
1. Carla Swart (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) 185
2. Sinead Miller (Pittsburgh, Pa./Marian College) 149
3. Andrea Fisk (Portland, Ore./Reed College) 121
4. Julia Manley (Fort Collins, Colo./Colorado State University) 100
5. Elena Dorr (Shoreville, Minn./Illinois Institute of Technology) 97
1. Dan Lionberg (Fort Collins, Colo./Colorado State University) 149
2. David Espinzoa (Breingsville, Pa./Penn State University) 143
3. David Williams (Indianapolis, Ind./Marian College) 100
4. Julian Kyer (Lyons, Colo./University of Colorado-Boulder) 93
5. Bennet Van Der Genugten (Indianapolis, Ind./Marian College) 67
Division I Team Omnium
1. Marian College 899
2. Colorado State University 842
3. Lees-McRae College 743
4. Fort Lewis College 622
5. Penn State University 549
Division II Team Omnium
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 687
2. DePauw University 608
3. United States Military Academy 294
4. Colorado College 290
5. Lindenwood University 278
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