Weekly Collegiate Race Recap - September 30, 2013

  
  


MWCCC: Mizzou Race Weekend- by Casey Hildebrandt

Josh Patton of Lindsey Wilson College (left) and Lukas Erdmann of Wisconsin (right)
Josh Patton of Lindsey Wilson College (left) and Lukas Erdmann of Wisconsin (right)
Photo: Phil Krahn

After a break in the schedule, riders headed down to Mizzou to resume racing and start the next block of racing before nationals in a month’s time.   Downhill kicked off the events Saturday morning and featured the river gap right before the finish line.  Defending National Champ J.D. Swanguen (Lindsey Wilson College) narrowly edged out Jarrod Adcock (Northern Illinois University) in the men’s race.  Swanguen’s teammate, Vhasti Schmidt, came in with the fastest time for the women, followed by Crystal Kalogris and Madison Pitts.  Later in the day the C and B races were run, but after they finished the A races were cancelled to due to the consistent rain and how it affected the course conditions.

Sunday morning started with short track featured what seemed to be plenty of climbing and much less descending.  Josh Johnson (Marian University) got rid of Casey Hildebrandt (Lindenwood University) half way through the race and Kenneth Hall (LWC) latched back on.  Johnson took the win, followed by Hall and Hildebrandt.  The Ripon College freshman duo of Corrie Osborne and Sophia Marchiando took charge yet again this weekend as they rode away from the field and took the top two spots with Lindsey Durst (LU) in third.  The slalom track was sloppy early in the morning but dried out after riders decided to delay racing for a while.  Adcock took the win while Swanguen finished third.  Kalogris had some smooth runs to win the women’s race while teammates Madison Pitts and Brittany Bates (LU) came in second and third.
Next weekend the action continues down in Kentucky at Lindsey Wilson featuring a full weekend of DH, DS, XC, and STXC.



ACCC: Virginia Tech Race Weekend - by Charles Ramsbotham

 
Alex Dawson leads Kevin Quillan
Alex Dawson leads teammate Kevin Quillan. Photo: Neil Singh
This past weekend the ACCC landed in Blacksburg, VA for Virginia Tech's home race.  To start things off on Saturday there was a grueling 1.4 mile uphill time trial.  Bryan Lewis in Men's A (University of Virginia) came prepared and started his weekend off with a win.  Rumor is that he beat the previous record on this trail by 30 seconds!  At the top of the climb riders began staging for the short track event after a short period of rest.  The ST course was about half and half, flowy single track and fire road climb.  Bryan Lewis (UVA) would win again after holding off Charles Synder (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Miles Hubbard (Appalachian State University).  In Women's A, Katy Applin (Wake Forest University) would win both the TT and short track events.

The second half of Saturday was all about gravity events.  Appalachian State University Men's A gravity riders were clearly excited about this part of the day.  Racing down the same trail the TT came up Kevin Quillan, Alex Dawson, and Jason Hightower would finish 1-2-3.  All three riders from ASU.  Soon after super d finished the riders began preparing for dual slalom.  Once again Appalachian State riders finished first, second, and third.  This time it would be Alex Dawson, Alex LeSueur, and Kevin Quillan.  To continue ASU's winning streak in gravity Lauren Macdonald would win the Women's A super d.  She went on to finish second in dual slalom while Katy Applin (WFU) took first place.

Moving to Sunday riders were faced with a cross country race in Jefferson National Forest.  The course started out with a long climb punctuated by occasional downhill sections and finished with fast and flowy single track.  The terrain was rocky with a few creek crossings thrown in to keep folks paying attention.  Lewis (UVA) would continue his dominant weekend finishing first followed by Charles (VCU) and Hubbard (ASU).  Rebecca Stimson would win the Women's A race.

We're now over half way through the season!  Next weekend the ACCC will be back in Virginia for University of Virginia's home race.  

 

WCCC: University of Nevada Race Weekend - by Kirsten Pearsons

 
Katelyn Hill rounding the last turn of the XC course
Katelyn Hill rounding the last turn of the XC course
This week’s WCCC race weekend was hosted by the University of Nevada, Reno and was named the “Sky Tavern Sufferfest.” While it didn’t rain like last weekend, the cold alpine air and roaring wind had riders missing our beautiful West Coast weather yet again. At a starting elevation of over 7,500 feet and with 900 ft. of gain per lap, cross country racers were seeing snow and feeling the thin air as they tackled the fire road climbs and sandy single track descents. Steven Pearl of Humboldt held onto his top position in Men’s A’s with another first place finish in cross country while his teammate Katelyn Hill took first in Women’s A’s.

UNR put in the effort to revamp their already awesome Dual Slalom course from last year by adding some more turns and by including an impressive six foot drop. The upgraded course made for great spectating as host team member Tyler Hansen and UC Santa Cruz’s Zora Thomas flew down the course into first place for Men’s and Women’s A’s.

Sunday morning brought more bitter cold wind as riders lined up for short track. The course included a crazily steep and sandy climb which was nothing the Women's short track leader Katelyn Hill couldn’t handle. Men’s A’s short track was won by Will Curtis of UC Santa Cruz.

Despite the wind rendering the chairlift to the top of the mountain unusable, over 50 riders tackled the afternoon’s technical downhill courses. Ali Osgood of Humboldt State finished with a comfortable 15 second lead in Women’s A’s and UNR’s own riders swept the Men’s A’s with Casey Coffman in the lead. Next week we head to the coast (and hopefully to milder weather) for Stanford’s race weekend held at Toro Park in Salinas.

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