Collegiate Nationals continue with criterium around state capitol

Madison, Wis.(May 8, 2010) – Racing continued at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships on Saturday in the form of a criterium around the Wisconsin State Capitol Building. Midwestern State University moved up in the team omnium standings after snagging both of the DI omnium titles, while powerful riders from Mesa State and Dartmouth continued success with DII titles. After two of three days of competition traditional powerhouses Lees-McRae and Whitman College hold on to tight leads heading into tomorrow’s team time trial.  
 
The DII women’s criterium started things off nearly the same way things were left yesterday with Arielle Filiberti (Worcester, Mass./Dartmouth College) and Kendi Thomas (Walla Walla, Wash./Whitman College) fninishing one-two and Rita Klofta (Greencastle, Ind./Depauw) moving up into third. The trio quickly jumped off the front and held a significant lead on the field. After gaining a gap of around 45 seconds on the one-kilometer course, the ladies made the conscious decision not to lap and re-join the field. As in Friday’s road race it was Filiberti who earned the national title, this time outsprinting her breakaway partners by only tenths of a second. A little more than half a minute later Martha Buckley (Cambridge, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) won the bunch sprint for fourth to add to her omnium score.
 
“When we started getting time gaps at around 30 seconds, I figured we were out of sight, out of mind,” said Filiberti. “I think Kendi was the one who attacked coming up the final hill, so I sat on her wheel and took the inside line because I figured that would be fastest. I think I came out of it with a little gap and drilled it from there.”
 
With nearly all 86 starters charging the line to the finish, the 45-minute DI women’s criterium played out in dramatically different fashion. With several major players looking to control the race and earn valuable team omnium points, things stayed all together until the final corner. Jennifer Purcell (Wichita Falls, Texas/Midwestern State University) led the pack out of that final turn and held off multi-time national champion Carla Swart (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae) to earn her first national title in dramatic fashion.  
 
“This has been my goal for almost a year. It unfolded exactly the way my coach and I discussed,” explained Purcell, a senior radiology major. “I knew I had to be first out of that last corner as the sprint is so short. This is really the first time I’ve made cycling a top priority in my life and it paid off.”
 
After finishing third yesterday in the road race following an exhausting bridge up to the leaders, DII men’s criterium winner Richard Geng (Grand Junction, Colo./Mesa State) earned his stars-and-stripes today. Multiple attacks animated the 60-minute DII men’s contest, but powerful team tactics saw nearly every attempt covered almost immediately. Pat Lemieux (Mankato, Minn./Minnesota State University-Mankato) and Joe Lewis (Denver, Colo./University of Denver) earned second and third in the bunch sprint finish.   
 
Following Purcell’s earlier victory, Josh Carter (Wichita Falls, Texas/Midwestern State University) completed his school’s sweep of the DI criterium contests at this year’s USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships. After numerous attacks were launched and countered by the likes of UC-Davis, University of Colorado-Boulder, Lindenwood University, Colorado State and more, it was a late-race break by riders from Michigan State and Marian University with that caught everyone’s attention. With four laps to go Max Korus (Elkins Park, Pa./University of Pennsylvania) gave chase with riders from the University of Washington not far behind. The break was caught at around three laps to go with Eric Thompson (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) immediately attacking and staying away until the final 300 meters. In the bunch sprint to the finish, Carter gained two bike lengths from the final corner to take the win. Robert Bush (Louisville, Ky./Marian College) and Matthew Brandt (Sheboygan, Wis./Lindenwood University) were second and third to the line.
 
“After Jen won the women’s race, to win this one is amazing,” said Carter.
 
With both individual events complete the individual omnium national titles were awarded at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships banquet at the Monona Terrace on Saturday night. Robert Bush of Marian College and road race champion Swart also took away national titles in the Division I individual omnium, or best all-around rider, category. Filliberti and Geng took home that honor for Division II. For complete individual omnium results,click here. The top women's omnium finishers will once again be invited to be a part of the Fiber One Collegiate All-Stars, a composite squad who will compete on the Natlonal Racing Calendar's Nature Valley Grand Prix in June.
 
Racing will conclude on Sunday afternoon with the men’s and women’s team time trial which will start and finish at the Trek headquarters in Waterloo, Wisc. Racing will begin at 9:30 a.m. Click here for a complete schedule.
 
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Hear Arielle Filiberti discuss her second victory of the weekend here:
 
2010 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships
May 7-9
Madison, Wisconsin
 
For complete results, click here.
                     
To view photos from the event, visit the USA Cycling photo gallery and to watch videos of the event visit USA Cycling’s YouTube page.  
 
Division I Men’s Criterium
1. Joshua Carter (Wichita Falls, Texas/Midwestern State University)
2. Robert Bush (Louisville, Ky./Marian College)
3. Matthew Brandt   (Sheboygan, Wis./Lindenwood University)
4. Max Korus (Elkins Park, Pa./University of Pennsylvania)
5. Pavel Gonda (Ny, N.Y./New York University)
 
Division I Women’s Criterium
1. Jennifer Purcell (Wichita Falls, TX/Midwestern State University)
2. Carla Swart (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College)
3. Leia Tyrrell (Corvallis, Ore./Oregon State University)
4. Flora Duffy (Boulder, CO/University of Colorado-Boulder)  
5. Sinead Miller (Pittsburgh, Pa./Marian University)
 
Division II Men’s Criterium
1. Richard Geng (Grand Junction, Colo./Mesa State College)
2. Pat Lemieux (Mankato, Minn./Minnesota State University-Mankato)
3. Joe Lewis (Denver, Colo./University of Denver)
4. Ben Chaddock (Walla Walla, Wash./Whitman College)
5. Ben Damhoff (Morrison, Ill./University of Wisconsin-Platteville)
 
Division II Women’s Criterium
1. Arielle Filiberti (Worcester, Mass./Dartmouth College)
2. Kendi Thomas (Walla Walla, Wash./Whitman College) 
3. Rita Klofta (Greencastle, Ind./Depauw) 
4. Martha Buckley (Cambridge, MA/Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
5. Kimberley Turner (Seattle, Wash./Seattle Pacific University)
 
For complete Individual Omnium results, click here.
 
Division I - Female - Individual Omnium Scores
Rank
Name
School
Criterium
Road Race
Total
1
Carla Swart
LEES-MCRAE COLLEGE
171
164
335
2
Sinead Miller
MARIAN COLLEGE
126
130
256
3
Courtney O Donnell
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-LOS AN
93
146
239
4
Jennifer Purcell
MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY
155
75
230
5
Flora Duffy
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO-BOULDER
120
94
214
Division I - Male - Individual Omnium Scores
Rank
Name
School
Criterium
Road Race
Total
1
Robert Bush
Marian University
151
71
222
2
Blake Anton
CAL POLY
26
164
200
3
Chad Haga
Texas A&M
92
104
196
4
Allister Ratcliff
Fort Lewis College
73
94
167
5
Pavel Gonda
NYU
101
62
163
Division II - Female - Individual Omnium Scores
Rank
Name
School
Criterium
Road Race
Total
1
Arielle Filiberti
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
156
164
320
2
Kendi Thomas
WHITMAN COLLEGE
165
130
295
3
Martha Buckley
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECH
118
146
264
4
Rita Klofta
DEPAUW UNIVERSITY
148
94
242
5
Elle Anderson
DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
72
116
188
Division II - Male - Individual Omnium Scores
Rank
Name
School
Criterium
Road Race
Total
1
Richard Geng
MESA STATE COLLEGE
171
130
301
2
Pat Lemieux
MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY-MANK
139
146
285
3
Cory Scott
COLLEGE OF WILLIAM AND MARY
93
164
257
4
Ben Damhoff
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-PLATTEV
101
75
176
5
Andrew Baker
FURMAN UNIVERSITY
56
116
172
 
 
Division I Team Omnium standings 
1. LEES-MCRAE COLLEGE              281
2. MARIAN UNIVERSITY                    271
3. FORT LEWIS COLLEGE                226
4. MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY           215
5. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS        206
 
DII Team Omnium standings
1. WHITMAN COLLEGE                     288
2. MESA STATE COLLEGE               279
3. DARTMOUTH COLLEGE              226
4. WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY   225
5. MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY                193
 
 Photo caption: Joshua Carter of Midwestern State University wins the DI men's criterium.
 Photos courtesy: David Stluka Photography/
davidstluka.com  

 
 
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