Marian, Milligan Win Varsity Omnium Titles at Collegiate Road Nationals


Marian University captures the overall omnium title
Marian University captures the overall omnium title (photo by Casey B. Gibson).
Grand Junction, Colo. (April 30, 2017) – In a repeat of last year, Marian University and Milligan College once again captured omnium titles as the 2017 USA Cycling Collegiate & Para-Cycling Road National Championships concluded on Sunday with the criterium races in downtown Grand Junction.

Marian took the overall team award in Division 1 varsity with 542 points compared to the 478 points earned by runner-up Colorado Mesa University. In Division 2 varsity, Milligan amassed 272 points to beat out Piedmont College which totaled 224.

In the Division 1 club standings, the University of Colorado Boulder placed first with 492 points, followed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison with 347. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology captured the Division 2 club omnium title with 166 points to beat out Seattle University which finished with 146. See complete team omnium standings here.

Women’s Criterium

Heidi Franz takes the women's club criterium title
Heidi Franz takes the women's club criterium title (photo by Casey B. Gibson)
The club ladies opened the action-packed day of criterium racing along the streets of Grand Junction. Friday’s time trial champion Heidi Franz (Seattle University) outsprinted road race champion and time trial runner-up Erica Clevenger (University of Arizona) for the victory. Danielle Morshead (Brown University) was third in the group sprint.

In the women’s varsity race, Erica Allar (Piedmont College) made it two wins in two days, winning the criterium a day after taking the road race title. Allar won a bunch sprint ahead of Ariane Horbach (Colorado Mesa University) and Laurel Rathburn (Marian University).

Men’s Criterium

A touching tribute was held at the start of the men’s club race in memory of Chad Young, a former rider and student at the Colorado School of Mines who died Friday from injuries sustained in a crash at last week’s Tour of the Gila. Young’s classmates at the Colorado School of Mines led the field out on a lap of silence in his honor.

Noah Granigan wins the men's club crit
Noah Granigan wins the men's club criterium (photo by Casey B. Gibson)
Once the racing began, the field of over 100 riders battled around the tight corners in the streets of Grand Junction. A six-man break late in the race was able to stay away and it was Noah Granigan (University of Colorado Boulder) taking the sprint at the line over Maxwell Ackermann (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Glenn Ferreira (University of Delaware).

Lindenwood University dominated the men’s varsity race with Evan Hartig taking the win and teammate Jonah Mead-VanCort placing third. Clayton Stone (Savannah College of Art & Design) slipped in between the two Lindenwood riders to take the silver medal.

Individual Omniums

At the conclusion of the road race and criterium, individual omnium winners were named. They are: Heidi Franz (Seattle University) for women’s club, Maxwell Ackermann (University of Wisconsin-Madison) for men’s club, Erica Allar (Piedmont College) for women’s varsity, and Jonah Mead-VanCort (Lindenwood University) for men’s varsity. Complete individual omnium results can be found here.

You can also see more info on the 2017 Collegiate and Para Road National Championships at the links below.
Collegiate Results
Para Results
Photo Gallery
Omnium Standings

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