Team time trials kick off 2012 Collegiate Road Nationals
Ogden, Utah (May 4, 2012) —The first national titles of the 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships were won today during the team time trial. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Marian University used strong efforts to repeat as defending champions in the women’s races, while on the men’s side surprise victories came from Duke University and Fort Lewis College.
It was a blustery, cool day on Antelope Island, located in the middle of the Great Salt Lake just south of Ogden. The women’s Division II race began the day, with MIT the final team to leave the start house. The defending champs completed the 32-kilometer course just over three minutes faster than second place Mars Hill College, who edged the U.S. Military Academy by nine seconds.
“[We were] trying to conserve energy as much as possible on the way out, even though it’s tempting to go fast and hard with a tailwind,” said MIT’s Yuri Matsumoto (Cambridge, Mass.).
“When we initially turned around and hit the headwind, we really had to take a couple of minutes to figure out the best configuration and how hard we needed to go so that everyone could stay comfortable and ride well together,” adding Matsumoto’s teammate Katie Quinn (Cambridge, Mass.). In addition to Quinn and Matsumoto, Christina Birch (Somerville, Mass.) and Laura Ralston (Cambridge, Mass.) made up the MIT squad.
In the women’s Division I race it was business as usual for Marian University, who sped to their third straight national title in the race of truth. Boasting a lineup of riders with multiple Stars-and-Stripes jerseys across several disciplines, the Knights team of Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wisc.), Jacqueline Kurth (Palm City, Fla.), Sinead Miller (Pittsburgh, Penn.) and Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif.) finished more than a minute and a half ahead of the University of Colorado – Boulder. The University of California – Davis took third.
The second half of the day saw two upsets as each division crowned a new champion. Coming off a fourth-place finish a year ago, the Duke University squad of Matthew Rinehart (Durham, NC), Gael Hagan (Durham, NC), Baard Haugen (Durham, NC) and Matthew Howe (Raleigh, NC) covered the course in 42 minutes, 22 seconds, besting the previous fastest time of the day, set by MIT, by 31 seconds. The Blue Devils then watched as both Mars Hill College and defending champs Colorado Mesa University (last season known as Mesa State College) finished in third and fourth, respectively, with MIT remaining in second.
The most competitive race of the day proved to be the finale, as the men’s Division I top five were separated by less than 30 seconds. Fort Lewis College fired on all cylinders to edge Stanford University by just four seconds. The final riders out on the course, two-time defending champions Marian University crossed the line to finish in third, five seconds behind Stanford.
“It’s pretty awesome. We didn’t win a single conference race this year – team time trial – but it came together on the more important day,” said Fort Lewis’ Payson McElveen (Durango, Colo.). Joining McElveen was Griffin Easter (Durango, Colo.), Rotem Ishay (Durango, Colo.) and Willy Zellmer (Durango, Colo.).
“We worked really hard on being cohesive during the training, and I think we got the flow just really dialed in today,” Ishay said. “I think that matters the most in the team time trial because it’s not how strong you are or how fast you can go, but how you can work as a team to pull the whole group together. I think that’s what made the day. We just made it really good as a whole team.”
Team Omnium Standings
After one day of racing, Marian University holds a 17-point lead over Fort Lewis College in the Division I standings. Stanford is tied in points with University of Colorado – Boulder, who are both followed by the University of California – Davis in fifth.
In Division II, MIT’s 177 points lead Mars Hill College’s 156. The riders from West Point are in third, followed by Cumberland University. With their men’s TTT win, Duke University is in fifth, despite not entering anyone in the women’s TTT.
Racing continues on Saturday in downtown Ogden with the criterium, beginning at 1 p.m. Mountain Time. More information, including full results, a schedule of events, and a photo gallery, can be found on the 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals webpage. You can also follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #CollNats.
USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals Championships
May 4, 2012
Division II Women
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 51:11.23
2. Mars Hill College 54:12.21
3. U.S. Military Academy 54:21.75
4. Yale University 56:27.85
5. Cumberland University 59:58.43
Division I Women
1. Marian University 48:00.75
2. University of Colorado – Boulder 49:30.59
3. University of California – Davis 49:43.33
4. Midwestern State University 51:24.54
5. Fort Lewis College 51:24.91
Division II Men
1. Duke University 42:22.62
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 42:53.82
3. Mars Hill College 43:05.42
4. Colorado Mesa University 43:25.59
5. Cumberland University 43:31:28
Division I Men
1. Fort Lewis College 41:34.06
2. Stanford University 41:38.52
3. Marian University 41:43.53
4. Colorado State University 41:54.71
5. Appalachian State University 42:02.35
1. Marian University – 167 points
2. Fort Lewis College – 150 points
3. Stanford University – 126 points
4. University of Colorado – Boulder – 126 points
5. University of California – Davis – 111 points
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 177 points
2. Mars Hill College – 156 points
3. U.S. Military Academy – 122 points
4. Cumberland University – 112 points
5. Duke University – 94 points
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