Weekly Collegiate Race Recap April 23, 2014


ECCC: Nittany Cycling Classic Weekend - Dominic Caiazzo

Penn State’s Nittany Cycling Classic is consistently one of the hardest
and most exciting races on the eastern conference’s
The Men's A Crit at the Nittany Classic (Photo Credit: Sean Kline)
The Men's A Crit at the Nittany Classic (Photo Credit: Sean Kline)
calendar. This weekend’s weather left little to be desired, with sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s on both days. The MIT men took the win on the opening 9.5 mile TTT course, while Columbia won for the women. The Black Moshannon Road Race featured over 1800 feet of climbing per 21 mile lap, much of that coming in the 5 mile climb up “Black Mo’.” Monica Volk (Penn State – Lehigh Valley) came in solo for the win, with Rose Long (Icahn School of Med. at Mt. Sinai) just a minute back. Yellow jersey holder Shaena Berlin (MIT) came in third, rounding out the front group of ladies. Penn State brought serious manpower to the men’s race, lining up on the start with 9 racers. Their tight grip on the peloton throughout paid off in the end. After Zach Ulissi (MIT) and Alan Royek (Shippensburg) escaped on the last lap, several riders managed to bridge, including Penn State’s Brett Wachtendorf. He would eventually dance away from the leaders on the final climb, beating out Royek and Daniel Holmdahl (Dartmouth) by over 2 minutes.

Sundays six corner crit raced by the impressive mansions along Penn State’s frat row. Cecilia Davis-Hayes (Columbia) put in a dominating effort after an early solo attack. She managed to lap the entire field save for the 3 woman chase, containing Huyett (Kutztown), Volk (Penn State – Lehigh Valley) and Berlin (MIT). After references from the announcers to the “Davis-Hayes Locomotive,” Cecilia took the win, while Elspeth Huyett beat out Monica Volk in the three up sprint for 2nd. Wesley Kline’s (Penn State) win in 2013 on frat row was a memorable one, and the host team was working all day to see him repeat. Michael Oltman (University of Pittsburgh) would play spoiler though, coming into the final stretch with a small gap and holding on to win. Kline took second while Jules Goguely (RISD) continued his impressive string of recent sprint finishes by rounding out the podium. Daniel Holmdahl (Dartmouth) and Shaena Berlin (MIT) go into the eastern conference championships in Rhode Island next weekend as the individual leaders.


MWCCC: Marian University Cycling Classic - Chris Curran

Marian University hosted their one day criterium for the MWCCC. During the
women’s A race Corrie Karas of Marian University
Lindsey Wilson finished 1st with Chris Tveter and 2nd with David Novak (Photo Credit: Hannah Hayduk)
Lindsey Wilson finished 1st with Chris Tveter and 2nd with David Novak (Photo Credit: Hannah Hayduk)
initiated a mid-race solo break that ultimately stayed away for the remainder of the race. After several attacks by Lindenwood riders Lindsey Durst & Amber Vredenburg formed a chase group with Coryn Rivera and Beth Engwis of Marian University. Marian filled the podium with Corrie Karas (Marian) in first, Coryn Rivera (Marian) in second, Elizabeth Engwis (Marian) in 3rd Marian.
During the men’s A race the field stayed together for the duration. Small moves went up the road but were quickly brought back. Christopher Tveter of Lindsey Wilson College won the field sprint, followed by teammate David Novak in second, and Brandon Feehery (Lindenwood) in third. 



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