Exciting road races punctuate collegiate nationals in Richmond


Richmond, Va. (May 4, 2014) -- The 2014 CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships concluded Sunday with four thrilling road races around the streets of Richmond. Over 400 riders from 115 schools participated in the three-day championships, which also served as a test event for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships to be held in Richmond.

Coryn Rivera wins her 56th national title
Coryn Rivera wins her 56th national title. (photo by Weldon Weaver)
Division I Women's Road Race

Marian University's dynamic duo of Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif.) and Allie Dragoo (Grand Rapids, Mich.) waited until the final lap of the women's five-lap, 78-kilometer Division I road race to put the hurt on the rest of the field. When they decided to increase the pace there was nobody in the field who could stay with them as they pulled away to the finish. Rivera was able to separate herself from Dragoo by 21 seconds over the final kilometers to grab an astounding 56th national championship and her second national title of the weekend, having also won Saturday's criterium. In the sprint for the bronze medal, Friday's time trial champion Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, Ill./Midwestern State University) was first to the line in front of Judith Wexler (Davis, Calif./University of California at Davis) and Lenore Pipes (Ithaca, N.Y./Cornell University).

"The plan was to go 1-2 and for Marian to win the race," said Dragoo. "Whoever got it, got it. We really set the pace the last lap."

"It was a team effort with Stephanie Torres and Riley Missel attacking on the second-to-last lap," Rivera added. "It got things fired up because we were just sitting around drinking tea. The second-to-last time up Libby Hill I kind of gassed it to create a separation and then it was just us firing off each other and we were off the front together all the way to the line."

Division I Women's Individual Omnium

Rivera easily wrapped up the individual omnium title by virture of her back-to-back wins over the past two days. She finished with 343 points while Dragoo ended up in second place with 271 total points. The omnium podium was rounded out by Wexler in third (261), Prinner in fourth (240) and Pipes in fifth (234).

Griffin Easter exults at the end of the Division I road race
Griffin Easter exults at the end of the Division I road race. (photo by Weldon Weaver)
Division I Men's Road Race

The Division I men were the final riders on the road as they covered just over 109 kilometers on seven circuits of the course. Several breakaway attempts were ultimately reeled back in by the field during the nearly three-hour race. It was not until the final lap that two riders -- Griffin Easter (Upland, Calif./Fort Lewis College) and Tim Aiken (Stanford, Calif./Stanford University) -- were able to pull off a successful break that stayed away until the finish. In the end it was Easter who had more in the tank over the final sprint as he won by three seconds over Aiken. Easter's teammate Zack Noonan (Kutztown, Pa./Fort Lewis College) gave the Skyhawks two medals as he claimed the bronze. Marian University's Josh Johnson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) and the University of California at Berkeley's Marcus Smith (Pleasanton, Calif.) crossed the line fourth and fifth, respectively.

"Tim Aiken was riding like a beast and we worked really well together," said Easter. "The gap kept going up and we were able to hold it off. This energy was incomparable to any other collegiate race I've done. Libby Hill was insane. Those cobbles were the coolest thing I've ever done. It was pretty surreal."

Division I Men's Individual Omnium

In the men's Division I individual omnium standings, it was Saturday's criterium champion, Brandon Feehery (Homewood, Ill./Lindenwood University) taking the top spot with 232 points, just five points ahead of Easter. Aiken claimed the third spot with 216 points, Gabriel Baca (Wichita Falls, Texas)/Midwestern State University) was fourth with 178 points, and Noonan moved into the fifth-place spot with 167 points.

Allison Arensman leads the field up Libby Hill
Allison Arensman leads the field up Libby Hill. (photo by Weldon Weaver)
Division II Women's Road Race

A nine-rider break representing nine different schools materialized midway through the 78-kilometer women's Division II race, but that number was reduced to eight riders after Saturday's criterium champion Ariane Horbach (Grand Junction, Colo./Colorado Mesa University) suffered a flat and could not catch back on. The band of eight extended its lead to more than three minutes on the field over the final laps. Even the final 350-meter climb up Libby Hill could not break up the group and it came down to a field sprint with Brevard College's Allison Arensman (Rutherford College, N.C.) taking her first national title on the line ahead of American University's Adelaide Tillinghast (Washington, D.C.) and Monica Volk (Kempton, Pa./Penn State-Lehigh Valley). Michelle Khare (Shreveport, La./Dartmouth College) and Jasmine Hansen (Grimes, Iowa) rounded out the top five, one second behind Arensman.

For Arensman, racing on the two cobblestone sections of the course was almost as thrilling as winning her first national championship.

"That was awesome, I've always wanted to do cobbles," Arensman said. "I love riding on gravel and off-road and that kind of thing. Cobblestones are totally different. Gravel moves around but cobbles stay there. The only way to get ready for cobbles is to ride on cobbles, but riding on gravel definitely helped."

Division II Women's Individual Omnium

With her victory on Sunday, Arensman also vaulted into the top spot of the women's Division II individual omnium with 281 points. Horbach was a distant second with 231 points, followed by Khare with 219, Tillinghast with 214 and Shaena Berlin (Somerville, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) with 194.

Brian Dziewa celebrates his Division II road victory
Brian Dziewa celebrates his Division II road victory. (photo by Weldon Weaver)
Division II Men's Road Race

The Division II men were pretty animated throughout their 109.2-kilometer race on Sunday. An early attempt to break away by King University's Alex Jensen (Tampa, Fla.) and Mars Hill University's Timothy Jenkinson (Mars Hill, N.C.) failed to materialize. That was followed by an escape by Shippensburg University's Alan Royek (Corry, Pa.) that grew to 45 seconds but was also brought back in by the field. The winning move came on the final lap when Brian Dziewa (Saint Louis, Mo./Saint Louis University) broke free and soloed away for the victory, 15 seconds in front of Brad Neagos (Denver, Colo./University of Denver). Jules Goguely (Providence, R.I./Rhode Island School of Design) came in third to claim the bronze medal, while Alexis Carter (Moscow, Idaho/University of Idaho) and Royek filled out the top five.

"Every lap up Libby Hill, on that right-hand corner, my front wheel was bouncing," said Dziewa. "The cobbles, for a guy my size, were rough. I buried it up Libby Hill on the final lap, went as hard as I could, and then just enjoyed the moment."

Division II Men's Individual Omnium

Neagos and Dziewa swapped places in the final individual omnium standings, with Neagos tallying 256 total points to Dziewa's 202. Wake Forest University's Stephen Vogel (Winston-Salem, N.C.) placed third with 179 points, edging out Morgan Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Colorado Mesa University) and Jenkinson, who wound up with 170 and 164 points, respectively.

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


Women D2 Nationals RR

1.  Allison Arensman (Rutherford College, NC)   Brevard College   2:13:09 
2.  Adelaide Tillinghast (REDMOND WASHINGTON)   American University   2:13:09 
3.  Monica Volk (KEMPTON)   Penn State-Lehigh Valley   2:13:09 
4.  Michelle Khare (Shreveport, LA)   Dartmouth College   2:13:10 
5.  Jasmine Hansen (GRIMES IA)   US Air Force Academy   2:13:10 

Women D1 Nationals RR

1.  Coryn Rivera (Tustin, CA)   Marian University   2:13:10 
2.  Allie Dragoo (Grand Rapids, MI)   Marian University   2:13:31 
3.  Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, IL)   Midwestern State University   2:15:07 
4.  Judith Wexler (Davis, CA)   University of California-Davis   2:15:08 
5.  Lenore Pipes (Ithaca, NY)   Cornell University   2:15:09 

Men D2 Nationals RR

1.  Brian Dziewa (Saint Louis, MO)   Saint Louis University   2:48:22 
2.  Brad Neagos (Denver , CO)   University of Denver   2:48:37 
3.  Jules Goguely (Providence, RI)   Rhode Island School of Design   2:49:03 
4.  Alexis Cartier (Moscow, ID)   University of Idaho   2:49:07 
5.  Alan Royek (Corry, PA)   Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania   2:49:13 

Men D1 Nationals RR

1.  Griffin Easter (Upland, CA)   Fort Lewis College    2:42.51 
2.  Tim Aiken (Stanford, CA)   Stanford University    2:42.54
3.  Zack Noonan (Kutztown, PA)   Fort Lewis College    2:43.25
4.  Joshua Johnson (Fort Wayne, IN)   Marian University    2:43.26
5.  Marcus Smith (Pleasanton, CA)   University of California-Berkeley    2:43.26

Team Omnium

Division I
1. Marian University 532
2. Lindenwood University 364
3. Fort Lewis College 356
4. University of California-Davis 354
5. Stanford University 342

Division II
1. Colorado Mesa University 504
2. Brevard College 313
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 302
4. King University 238
5. U.S. Air Force Academy 234

Individual Omnium

Division I Men
1. Brandon Feehery (Homewood, Ill./Lindenwood University) 232
2. Griffin Easter (Upland, Calif./Fort Lewis College) 227
3. Tim Aiken (Stanford, Calif./Stanford University) 216
4. Gabriel Baca (Wichita Falls, Texas/Midwestern State University) 178
5. Zack Noonan (Kutztown, Pa./Fort Lewis College) 167

Division I Women
1. Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Marian University) 343
2. Allie Dragoo (Grand Rapids, Mich./Marian University) 271
3. Judith Wexler (Davis, Calif./University of California at Davis) 261
4. Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, Ill/Midwestern State University) 240
5. Lenore Pipes (Ithaca, N.Y./Cornell University) 234

Division II Men
1. Brad Neagos (Denver, Colo./University of Denver) 256
2. Brian Dziewa (Saint Louis, Mo./Saint Louis University) 202
3. Stephen Vogel (Winston-Salem, N.C./Wake Forest University) 179
4. Morgan Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Colorado Mesa University) 170
5. Timothy Jenkinson (Mars Hill, N.C./Mars Hill College) 164

Division II Women
1. Allison Arensman (Rutherford College, N.C./Brevard College) 281
2. Ariane Horbach (Grand Junction, Colo./Colorado Mesa University) 231
3. Michelle Khare (Shreveport, La./Dartmouth College) 219
4. Adelaide Tillinghast (Washington, D.C./American University) 214
5. Shaena Berlin (Somerville, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 194

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