Richmond native Jones shines in the opening act of 2014 Collegiate Road Nats

  
  


Richmond native Chris Jones won the men's Division I crown
Richmond native Chris Jones won the men's Division I crown. (photo by Weldon Weaver)
Richmond, Va. (May 2, 2014) — Riding in his hometown and in front of friends and family, Virginia Commonwealth University's Christopher Jones (Richmond, Va.) bested the men's Division I field in the individual time trial as the 2014 CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships got underway Friday in downtown Richmond.
 
A fair, but breezy day greeted the teams as they contested the 31-kilometer team time trial in the morning before the individual race against the clock in the afternoon over the same course. The national championships are also serving as a test event for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships and the courses used for the road race and time trials this weekend will also be raced on by the world's best at the world championships in 2015.

Individual Time Trial
Jones was the fifth of the 36 Division I riders to leave the start house and posted the fastest intermediate split time of 21:42.69 at the halfway mark. After he crossed the finish line at the end of his second lap, his time of 43:24.64 still had to stand up to the 31 riders yet to finish. The wait was a long and agonizing one for Jones.

"It was awful," said Jones. "Just sitting there and waiting to know if you just won a national title was unbelievable, but it was worth the wait."

It was definitely worth the wait as his time held up by more than 13 seconds over runner-up Grant Koontz (Spring, Texas/Texas A&M). Third-place finisher Thomas Schubert (Fogelsville, Pa../Cumberland University) was 29.46 back. Rounding out the top five in the men's Division I individual time trial were two Virginians, Corey Davis (Danville, Va.,/James Madison University) and Bryan Lewis (Roanike, Va./University of Virginia), who finished 1:08.05 and 1:11.65, respectively, behind Jones.

The top three finishers in the Division II men's individual time trial posted faster times than the entire Division I field. Erik Levinsohn (New Haven, Conn./Yale University) was the quickest of the group, finishing in 41:47.94, more than 48 seconds ahead of second-place finisher, Spencer Oswald (Lincoln, Neb./Colorado Mesa University). Brian Dziewa (Saint Louis, Mo./Saint Louis University) won the bronze medal ahead of ‚Äč Craig Richey (Smithers, B.C./Bentley University) and Stephen Vogel (Winston-Salem, N.C./Wake Forest University, who rounded out the top five.

 
Jessica Prinner had a faster time than any of the women teams
Jessica Prinner had a faster time than any of the women teams. (photo by Weldon Weaver)
Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, Ill./Midwestern State University) successfully defended her Division I women's title, destroying the field by over two minutes with a time of 46:23.26. In fact, Prinner's time was faster than any of the teams in the team time trial. Her closest challenger was Amy Chandos (Flagstaff, Ariz./Northern Arizona University) who posted a silver-medal winning time of 48:35.56. The bronze medal went to Cecilia Davis-Hayes (Philadelphia, Pa./Columbia University) with a time of 48:49.64. Eileen Mazzochette (Menlo Park, Calif./Stanford University) and Lindsey Ryder (Peoria, Ariz./Arizona State University) rounded out the women's Division I top five.

Also defending her national title on Friday was Jasmine Hansen (Grimes, Iowa/U.S. Air Force Academy) in the Division II women's race. She completed the course in 48:27.82. Danielle Haulman (Davis, Calif./Golden Gate University) slipped into the silver medal spot with a time of 49:03.73, knocking last year's silver medalist, Adelaide Tillinghast (Redmond, Wash./American University), into the bronze-medal position. Monica Volk (Kempton, Pa./Penn State-Lehigh Valley) finished over a minute and a half behind Tillinghast to place fourth and Katy Applin (Winston-Salem, N.C./Wake Forest University) came in fifth.

Team Time Trial
Three of the four defending champions were unseated in the team time trial event on Friday morning. Fort Lewis College regained their Division I men's title from two years ago by defeating defending champion Marian University. The Skyhawks' riders - Griffin Easter (Upland, Calif.), Natan Cavalca (Durango, Colo.), Dean Haas (Lakewood, Colo.) and Zack Noonan (Kutztown, Pa.) - registered a time of 40:42.91 to win handily over Marian and their time of 41:16.24. Lindenwood University placed third with a 41:49.05 mark. Stanford University was fourth and Midwestern State University finished fifth.
 
Coryn Rivera leads Marian University to the women's Division I title
Coryn Rivera leads Marian University to the women's Division I title. (photo by Weldon Weaver)
The Marian University women's team was the only school to successfully defend their team time trial title, capturing the Division I women's crown with a time of 46:42.56. The Knights were powered to the title by Allie Dragoo (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Emily Elbers (Syracuse, N.Y.), Corrie Karas (Rochester, Mich.) and Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif.). The University of California-Davis placed second in 47:02.75, Stanford University (47:23.50) was third, Appalachian State University placed fourth and Fort Lewis College rounded out the podium in fifth place.

Claiming both Division II titles were the teams from Colorado Mesa University. The men's team of Cullen Easter (Claremont, Calif.), Zack Lavergne (Little Rock, Ark.), Spencer Oswald (Lincoln, Neb.) and Samuel Phillips (Grand Junction, Colo.) topped the field with a time of 41:49.56. The rest of the men's Division II podium consisted of Mars Hill College in second, the University of Notre Dame in third, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in fourth and King College placing fifth.

Ariana Dittmer (Grand Junction, Colo.), Ariane Horbach (Grand Junction, Colo.) and Lexie Millard (Grand Junction, Colo.) powered the Colorado Mesa University women's team to a time of 48:40.61 to upset the defending champions from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who crossed the line in 49:19.08. Whitman College came in third, more than 50 seconds behind MIT, while the U.S. Air Force Academy and Brevard College placed fourth and fifth, respectively.

Omnium Standings
After the first day of competition, Marian University holds a 27-point cushion on Fort Lewis College in the Division I team omnium standings. Stanford University is in third place with 137 points.

After sweeping the team time trials, Colorado Mesa University has 188 points and leads the Division II team omnium standings by 41 points over The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The U.S. Air Force Academy is in third place, with 107 points.

Coming Up
Saturday's racing features the criteriums in downtown Richmond. The Division II women will begin the day's racing at noon, followed by the Division I women at 1 p.m., the Division II men at 2 p.m., and the Division I men's race capping the day's racing at 3:30 p.m.

The event's third and final day features the road races on a 9.7-mile circuit. The 78-kilometer women's races begin with the Division II women at 7 a.m. The Division I women will begin their contest at 9:50 a.m. The men's races span 109.2 kilometers and will begin with the Division II men's race at 1 p.m., followed by the Division I men's race beginning at 4:20 p.m. The event's final awards ceremony following the conclusion of the last race will crown the country's best collegiate road racers as well as the individual and team omnium winners.

More Information
For updated news, course maps, a schedule of events, and more visit the 2014 CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships page. You can also follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #CollNats.

2014 CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships
May 2-4, 2014
Richmond, Virginia

FULL RESULTS | TEAM OMNIUM RESULTS | PHOTO GALLERY
 

Individual Time Trial

Men D1

1.  Christopher Jones (Richmond, VA)   Virginia Commonwealth University   43:24.64 
2.  Grant Koontz (Spring, TX)   Texas A & M University   43:38.19 
3.  Thomas Schubert (FOGELSVILLE PA)   Cumberland University   43:54.10 
4.  Corey Davis (Danville, VA)   James Madison University   44:32.69 
5.  Bryan Lewis (ROANOKE, VA)   University of Virginia   44:36.29 
 

Men D2

1.  Erik Levinsohn (New Haven, CT)   Yale University   41:47.94 
2.  Spencer Oswald (Lincoln, NE)   Colorado Mesa University   42:36.54 
3.  Brian Dziewa (Saint Louis, MO)   Saint Louis University   43:05.18 
4.  Craig Richey (SMITHERS BC)   Bentley University   43:06.82 
5.  Stephen Vogel (Winston Salem, NC)   Wake Forest University   43:09.23 


Women D1

1.  Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, IL)   Midwestern State University   46:23.26 
2.  Amy Chandos (Flagstaff, AZ)   Northern Arizona University   48:35.56 
3.  Cecilia Davis-Hayes (Philadelphia , PA)   Columbia University-NYC   48:49.64 
4.  Eileen Mazzochette (Menlo Park, CA)   Stanford University   49:04.46 
5.  Lindsey Ryder (Peoria, AZ)   Arizona State University   49:11.54 
 

Women D2

1.  Jasmine Hansen (GRIMES IA)   US Air Force Academy   48:27.82 
2.  Danielle Haulman (Davis, CA)   Golden Gate University   49:03.73 
3.  Adelaide Tillinghast (REDMOND WASHINGTON)   American University   49:30.88 
4.  Monica Volk (KEMPTON)   Penn State-Lehigh Valley   51:01.36 
5.  Katy Applin (Winston-salem, NC)   Wake Forest University   51:10.76 

Team Time Trial

Men's Division I

1. Fort Lewis College 40:42.91
2. Marian University 41:16.24
3. Lindenwood University 41:49.05
4. Stanford University 42:10.60
5. Midwestern State University 42:13.25

Men's Division II
1. Colorado Mesa University 41:49.56
2. Mars Hill College 42:09.10
3. University of Notre Dame 43:12.55
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 43:29.38
5. King College 43:35.99

Women's Division I
1. Marian University 46:42.56
2. University of California-Davis 47:02.75
3. Stanford University 47:23.50
4. Appalachian State University 48:34.29
5. Fort Lewis College 48:37.08

Women's Division II
1. Colorado Mesa University 48:40.61
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 49:19.08
3. Whitman College 50:09.25
4. U.S. Air Force Academy 51:23.65
5. Brevard College 52:17.25

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