Weekly Collegiate Race Recap October 14, 2013
MWCCC: Michigan Technological University Conference Championships - by Casey Hildebrandt
Racing took place up in Copper Harbor and Houghton of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan this past weekend for the Conference Championships held by Michigan Technological University. The Copper Harbor trail system is home to hundreds miles of trails and incredible terrain. IMBA has played a large role in developing the trails, providing a perfect test as the last race for riders before nationals coming up in two weeks.
Cross Country started off the weekend’s events in Copper Harbor as Conference Omnium Champions Drew Dillman (Marian University) and Corrie Osborne (Ripon College) took the wins yet again. Downhill took place on a brand new run as teammates JD Swanguen and Dakotah Norton (Lindsey Wilson College) took the top two spots followed by Tom Holaday (University of Wisconsin). The women’s podium had teammates Crystal Kalogris and Shayona Glynn (Marian University) taking first and third while Brittany Bates (Lindenwood University) came through with the second fastest time.
Racers headed down to Houghton for short track and slalom action early Sunday morning. The trails were just off of Michigan Tech’s campus and featured trails built by the some of the same people developing the Copper Harbor trails. Dillman took the short track win, but the women’s race broke apart as teammates Allie Dragoo and Coryn Rivera (Marian University) were able to get rid of Osborne. Slalom completed the weekend’s events as Chase Hines (Marian University) edged out Jarrod Adcock (Northern Illinois University) in the men’s final. Marian swept the women’s podium with Felicia Stancil, Kalogris, and Glynn.
Marian University won team overall, followed by Lindenwood University and Lindsey Wilson College. The conference has a break in the schedule before heading to Nationals.
SCCCC: Baylor University Race Weekend - by Emily Franco
For the second weekend in a row the riders couldn't catch a break. Overnight it continued to downpour until the start of the cross country race. It was a quick start for the riders in fear of another storm cells pending arrival. This race was unlike any others the riders had faced so far this year. An extremely technical course that would make one think you had left Texas and were in the mountains of Colorado. Yet again, Tony Baca (Midwestern State University) brought home a win for MSU. Tony made battling the mud and technical climbs look so effortless, leaving the second place rider, Doug Todd (West Texas A&M), nowhere in sight as he crossed the line. As for the Women A's, we could have predicted this result, Elizabeth Lurz (Abilene Christian University) stole away the cross country gold proving her hard efforts and tactical riding is paying off.
Notable finish to Cole Stewart (The University of Texas) for defending his leaders’ jersey for another weekend! Doug Todd (West Texas A&M) and his own teammate Robbie Chrisman (The University of Texas) were hot on Cole’s heels looking to steal it away before Nationals. The SCCCC will wrap up the season at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnett, Texas on November 2, but not before they head up to the east coast for Nationals.
The SCCCC wishes the A riders good luck as they had to Nationals in North Carolina!!
WCCC: Cal Poly's Race Weekend - by Kirsten Pearsons
Next week we’re off to Dirt Club Ranch for UC Santa Barbara’s home race, our last race weekend before Nationals.