2010-11 Collegiate National Team Rankings
After winning the 2010 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, and taking third at this year’s track championships, the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks, the 2009-10 #1 ranked team, is back on top, a solid six points ahead of second place, the Lees McRae College Bobcats, who were also 2009-10’s #2 team. With consistent finishes just off the podium at both Track and Mountain Bike nationals this year, the Colorado State University Rams currently sit as the third best D1 team in the country, a single point ahead of their neighbors to the south, the University of Colorado-Boulder Buffaloes, and the Blue Raiders of Lindsey Wilson College, who also have 29 points, but are ranked fifth because the Buffaloes placed so highly at Mountain Bike nationals (ties go to the team with the highest, most recent placing at a national championship). Rounding out the top 10 are Marian University, Midwestern State University, Pennsylvania State University, the Cal Poly Wheelmen, and Indiana University-Bloomington.
Division 2 rankings are not quite as consistent as last year’s, however, with two relative newcomers to the top of the charts, almost neck and neck for the coveted #1 ranking. Currently, Cumberland University is perched atop the list of the country’s best Division 2 teams (schools with a full-time enrollment below 15,000 are considered D2, and those above that line are Division 1) with 24 points to Mars Hill College’s 23 points. With both teams planning to attend the 2010 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships, the battle will remain close through to the spring.
Cumberland coach Tim Hall said, “To be ranked #1 is an exciting honor for all of us here at Cumberland, and proves that a commitment to become your best will pay off. Our success has required a total team effort not only from the student-athletes, but also from the tremendous support provided by the university administration.
“Everyone will be extra motivated to train and race as our focus turns to cyclocross and road season," Hall continued. "We aim to hold on to # 1 for as long as possible, but it will be a difficult challenge for sure. It’s going to be a lot more fun to compete with a target on our backs.”
Mars Hill coach Hugh Moran has his sights on that target, though, saying, "This upcoming cyclocross nationals represents our best chance yet to pull on some stars and bars jerseys, and we'll bring a team to Bend that's capable of both individual and team championships... The strong cyclocross schedule in the SECCC will be great preparation, and we fully expect the competition at nationals to be fierce and a step or two above last year. So we'll prepare well, do our best, and have lots of fun in the process."
You can see the complete national team rankings here.
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