Rivera repeats as national collegiate criterium champion


Coryn Rivera defends her criterium title in Richmond.
Coryn Rivera defends her criterium title in Richmond. (photo by Weldon Weaver)
Richmond, Va. (May 3, 2014) -- Marian University's Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif.) successfully defended her national title in the women's Division I criterium on Saturday in front of a large crowd in downtown Richmond at the 2014 CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships. The competition is serving as a test event for the 2015 UCI Road World Championships and the courses used for the road race and time trials this weekend will also be raced on by the world's best at the world championships in 2015.

On Saturday, the collegiate athletes raced under sunny skies on a 1.5-kilometer circuit around the streets of Virginia's capital. Rivera and teammate Allie Dragoo (Grand Rapids, Mich.) controlled the tempo of the race throughout as they took turns sweeping the six premium laps during the race that awarded points to the riders in the season-long college standings. Even though the Marian riders were in charge of the race, they didn't launch any breakaways, choosing instead to save up for the finishing sprint where Rivera claimed the win by two bike lengths ahead of Judith Wexler (Davis, Calif./University of California at Davis). Cornell University's Lenore Pipes (Ithaca, N.Y.) claimed the bronze medal by edging out Friday's time trial winner Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, Ill./Midwestern State University) and Cinthia Lehner (Greer, S.C./Appalachian State University) in the bunch sprint.

"The first half of the race I had to feel it out and see what the field wanted to do and what their intentions were today," said Rivera. "When it came down to a field sprint, my teammate, Allie Dragoo, led me out from the back side and I put myself into a position in the last corner and started my sprint right out of it."

In the men's Division I criterium, Dean Haas (Lakewood, Colo./Fort Lewis College) animated the race early as he launched a solo break and stayed away for nearly 45 minutes until he was finally caught by North Carolina State's Matthew Bruner (Raleigh, N.C.) with five laps remaining. Haas and Bruner tried to work together to stay out in front, but they were reeled in by the field with three laps to go. Marian University brought defending champ Colton Barrett (Indianapolis, Ind.) to the front as the field prepared for the sprint finish, but it was Lindenwood University's Brandon Feehery (Homewood, Ill.) nipping Barrett at the line to claim the national title. Barrett's teammate Stephan Hirsch (Indianapolis, Ind.) took the bronze medal while Gabriel Baca (Wichita Falls, Texas/Midwestern State University) and Jonathan Penaloza (Sacramento, Calif./University of California at Davis) rounded out the top five.

"When Colton jumped, I jumped right on his wheel," Feehery said of the finish. "I stuck in his slipstream until the end of the sprint and just went right around him. It was a close finish at the end. I had to use the bike throw to get him at the line."
Division II men's winner Charlie Hough takes a corner on the criterium course.
Division II men's winner Charlie Hough takes a corner on the criterium course. (photo by Weldon Weaver)
A breakaway that did succeed on Saturday occurred in the men's Division II race as Charlie Hough (Travelers Rest, S.C./Furman University) and Timothy Jenkinson (Mars Hill, N.C./Mars Hill University) worked in tandem to build up a 15-second advantage with eight laps remaining. The duo was able to stay out in front as the field remained disorganized in forming a chase, and it was Hough pulling away by a few bike lengths to roll across the line first for the victory. In the sprint for the bronze medal it was Garrett Hankins (Carmichael, Calif./Santa Clara, Calif.) edging out both Brad Neagos (Denver, Colo./University of Denver) and Stephen Vogel (Winston-Salem, N.C./Wake Forest University).

"I was surprised we got away that easily," said Hough of the breakaway. "Our gap built up to about 20 seconds pretty fast within two laps. I'm surprised the field never took up the chase, but I had one teammate back in the group covering the gaps and I'm sure Tim had a lot of guys back there too.  At the end, I waited until Tim started ramping it up with 300 meters to go and I came around him with 100 meters to go. It was a pretty strong headwind coming into the finish line so I waited until the last second to come around him."

The Division II women's criterium started Saturday's racing action and that race came down to a field sprint where Ariane Horbach (Grand Junction, Colo./Colorado Mesa University) beat the field to the line. Jennifer Caciedo (Bristol, Va./King University) claimed the silver medal with Dessie Weigel (Boise, Idaho/Whitman College) earning the bronze. Allison Arensman (Rutherford College, N.C./Brevard College) and Leslie Lupien (Enfield, N.H./Dartmouth College) rounded out the top five.

Team Omnium Update
Marian University has opened a 109-point cushion in the Division I team omnium standings. The University of California at Davis sits in second place with 256 points, 13 points ahead of Lindenwood University. Fort Lewis College and Stanford University are neck-and-neck for the fourth spot, both schools with 237 points as we head into the final day of competition.

Colorado Mesa University is pulling away in the Division II team omnium standings as they lead by 152 points over their closest challenger, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. King University holds down the third spot with 192 points, but is only seven points ahead of Brevard College. Whitman College rounds out the Division II top five with 166 points.

Coming Up
The event's third and final day features the road races on a 9.7-mile circuit. The 78-kilometer women's races begin with the Division II women at 7 a.m. The Division I women will begin their contest at 9:50 a.m. The men's races span 109.2 kilometers and will begin with the Division II men's race at 1 p.m., followed by the Division I men's race beginning at 4:20 p.m. The event's final awards ceremony following the conclusion of the last race will crown the country's best collegiate road racers as well as the individual and team omnium winners.

More Information
For updated news, course maps, a schedule of events, and more visit the 2014 CapTech USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships page. You can also follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #CollNats.

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



Women D2 Nationals Crit

1.  Ariane Horbach (Grand Junction, CO)   Colorado Mesa University   50:54:00 
2.  Jennfier Caicedo (Bristol, VA)   King University   50:54:00 
3.  Dessie Weigel (Boise, ID)   Whitman College   50:54:00 
4.  Allison Arensman (Rutherford College, NC)   Brevard College   50:55:00 
5.  Leslie Lupien (Enfield, NH)   Dartmouth College   50:55:00 

Women D1 Nationals Crit

1.  Coryn Rivera (Tustin, CA)   Marian University   50:00:00 
2.  Judith Wexler (Davis, CA)   University of California-Davis   50:00:00 
3.  Lenore Pipes (Ithaca, NY)   Cornell University   50:00:00 
4.  Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, IL)   Midwestern State University   50:01:00 
5.  Cinthia Lehner (Greer, SC)   Appalachian State University   50:01:00 

Men D2 Nationals Crit

1.  Charlie Hough (Travelers Rest, SC)   Furman University   1:12:32 
2.  Timothy Jenkinson (Mars Hill, NC)   Mars Hill University   1:12:33 
3.  Garrett Hankins (Carmichael, CA)   Santa Clara University   1:13:01 
4.  Brad Neagos (Denver , CO)   University of Denver   1:13:01 
5.  Stephen Vogel (Winston Salem, NC)   Wake Forest University   1:13:01 

Men D1 Nationals Crit

1.  Brandon Feehery (Homewood, IL)   Lindenwood University   1:17:34 
2.  Colton Barrett (Indianapolis, IN)   Marian University   1:17:34 
3.  Stephan Hirsch (Indianapolis, IN)   Marian University   1:17:35 
4.  Gabriel Baca (CHIHUAHUA)   Midwestern State University   1:17:35 
5.  Jonathan Penaloza (Sacramento, CA)   University of California-Davis   1:17:35 

Team Omnium Standings

Division I

1. Marian University - 365 points
2. University of California at Davis - 256
3. Lindenwood University - 243
4. Fort Lewis College - 237
5. Stanford University - 237

Division II
1. Colorado Mesa University - 365 points
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 213
3. King University - 192
4. Brevard College - 185
5. Whitman College - 166

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