Weekly Collegiate Racing Wrap - October 9, 2012


MWCCC: Conference Championships at Lindsey Wilson College - by Casey Hildebrandt

Jason Blodgett of Marian University in the Conference Dual Slalom Championships.
Jason Blodgett of Marian University in the Conference Dual Slalom Championships.
The Midwest season concluded this weekend at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, KY for the Conference Championships.  While most of the teams have been at races this fall here and there, most were all present together for the first time this season.  Huge fields showed up for the weekend, setting up for great races.  The Men’s A short track had 34 men take the line Saturday morning with a short loop including some jumps near the bmx track.  Joseph Maloney (UW-Madison) came back after a break from the first race of the season, taking the win.  He was followed by Michael Michetti (UW-Platteville) in second, and Jason Blodgett (Marian University) in third who out sprinted Casey Hildebrandt (Ripon College).  Lindenwood took the top two places in the Women’s A race, featuring 14 women, with Rachel Byus followed closely by Tiana Row, and Allie Dragoo (Marian University) with a strong third.    Later Saturday was Dual Slalom as Lindsey Wilson College took the top three spots in the Men’s A as J.D. Swanguen won ahead of Josh Patton, with Logan Collins bringing home a bronze medal for third.   The Women’s A field made for a great race as Crystal Kalogris (Marian University) took the win with Stephanie Caluag (Lindsey Wilson College) taking second, and Madison Pitts (Lindenwood University) taking third.    

Sunday kicked off with cross country events followed by downhill.  Saturday’s STXC winner, Joe Maloney, took the win again on Sunday, with Drew Dillman and Josh Johnson (Marian University) taking second and third.  Vhasti Schmidt (Lindsey Wilson College) won the Women’s A Race as Lindenwood came in with second and third.  Lindsey Wilson College took the top four spots in the Men’s A Race as Saturday’s DS winner, J.D. Swanguen stayed undefeated in DH this season.  Teammates Daniel Caluag, Ace Savarese, and Josh Patton brought in second, third, and fourth.  Saturday’s Women’s A DS winner Crystal Kalogris took the DH win followed by Stephanie Caluag, and Brittany Bates (Marian University) taking third.  
Eric Smith of Ripon College and Rachel Byus of Lindenwood University took the MWCCC Overall Omnium Championships.  Lindsey Wilson College won the D1 Team Division as Ripon College took the D2 Team Title.   The Midwest will be representing out in Angel Fire, NM in a few weeks with some strong riders with very good chances of winning the omnium, gravity, and endurance events.   

ACCC: Conference Championships at WVU - by Sequoya Moore

Photo courtesy Stephan Sabo
Photo courtesy Stephan Sabo
There is nothing like starting off a race weekend with a cross country race which forces you to ride through multiple bottom bracket-deep mud ponds while the skies release a deluge of rain and significantly dropping temperatures. Such was the case for the ACCC Conference Championship weekend hosted by West Virginia University at Wisp Resort. Along with mud, the XC featured a 10 mile loop of rocky single-track and leg-burning fire road climbs. Due to the unfavorable weather, the Super D was cancelled and the short track postponed in hopes of better weather. Luckily, the clouds moved on and the sun shined on one of the best short tracks in the conference. The main features of the short track are a fun jump track section and a rock garden for spectators’ heckling enjoyment. It is the latter which keep racers coming back year after year.

After racing finished, everyone headed to their cabins to get cleaned up before the annual conference dinner. After consuming 12 pounds of pasta, conference awards were distributed for cross country events. Congratulations to our Conference Champions Appalachian State for winning Division 1 and Wake Forest for Division 2. Individuals were also presented with awards with Derek Whitescarver(ASU) winning Men’s A, Alex McMahon(ASU) for Men’s B, and David Smith(NCSU) for Men’s C. Katy Applin(WFU) won Women’s A while Sequoya Moore(WVU) won Women’s B. Sunday wrapped up the season with a dual slalom and downhill race, with both unfortunately attracting more viewers than participants.

I would like to thank everyone in the conference for a truly wonderful season. I could not think of a better way to wrap up my collegiate mountain biking career. It has been a pleasure to share it with each and every one of you.

SCCCC: Baylor Race Weekend - by Jon Huey

The women's A short track race gets underway
The women's A short track race gets underway
Baylor played host to an exhilarating and varied weekend of racing at Cameron Park in Waco.  The short track course was quite short at approximately three quarters of a mile, with a fast-paced rocky descent leading immediately into switchback climbs.  This course was wild, testing the technical skill of all riders.  Rachel Cook of the University of North Texas finished in first for the women’s A category.

The team relay course was a mix of quick turns and varied elevation.  The second and third riders for each team had to do army crawls and cartwheels to their bicycles.  UNT’s team finished with the fastest time, with the University of Houston in second.

Cameron Park, once recognized in a top 50 national trails feature, did not disappoint in the cross country course.  There were several steep climbs, and a few fast zig-zagging descents.  There was a bit of confusion as a few members of the public interfered with trail markings, but the majority of riders were able to find their way eventually.  This was an excellent course that all should make the effort to visit at some point.  

Riders eagerly await Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships, just under two weeks away.

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