Road races prove exciting conclusion to 2012 Collegiate Road Nats

  
  


Heather Fischer celebrates winning the D1 women's race.
Heather Fischer celebrates winning the D1 women's race.

Ogden, Utah (May 6, 2012) — On a clear, crisp Utah day, hundreds of student athletes concluded the 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships with the road race competitions. The University of Colorado – Boulder doubled up on Stars-and-Stripes jerseys, with Heather Fischer (Boulder, Colo.) and Josh Yeaton (Boulder, Colo.) taking the two Division I races.

In the women’s Division II race, Katie Quinn (Cambridge, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) followed up a second-place finish in yesterday’s criterium and a team time trial victory on Friday with her second national title of the event. And in the final race of the day, Cortlan Brown (Bountiful, Utah/Salt Lake City Community College) sprinted to victory in an exciting, down-to-the-wire finish.

In the team omnium standings, Marian University repeated as the top Division I team, while Massachusetts Institute of Technology used their three women’s national titles to earn top honors in Division II.

Division I Women

The first race of the day saw the Division I women take to the road. The early laps around Pineview Reservoir saw a gradual rise in tempo, but initial early attacks didn’t last as the group seemed determine to keep everyone in check. By the time the group came through for the completion of the second lap, Lenore Pipes (Guam/Cornell University) had attacked to eventually open up a gap of about a minute and a half. Pipes was caught, however, once the group reached the course’s key climb, a steep ascent over five miles that would factor heavily in each race.

As the peloton exploded on the climb, a small group of riders that included Fischer and yesterday’s criterium champ Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Marian University) took to the front.

“At the base of the climb there were probably five or six of us that were really attacking the hill. I sat back and kind of watched what the other girls were doing, assessed how they were,” explained Fischer. “It took me a few minutes to see that everyone was really hurting, and I just went.”

The CU-Boulder rider’s move paid off. Fischer bested Antonneau, who outsprinted Sarah Sturm (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) for second, to the line by two minutes. “I had an extremely supportive team today. We had a full six girls riding, and they were active, they were in charge of that race for a lot of the time. If it wasn’t Marian, then it was CU who was leading that race today,” praised Fischer. “They threw a lot of attacks. They brought back a lot of riders who were trying to get off the front. And they kept me sheltered and they kept me safe.”

Division II Women

In the Division II women’s race, the peloton seemed content to stick together through the opening laps, conserving energy for the tough climb ahead. As the group hit the rolling hills that followed the laps around the reservoir, however, the race began to pick up.

“Pretty much when we got to the base of the climb we started going. I just wanted to stay at the front for the first part of the climb, and then if I was feeling good I would push the pace,” said Quinn, who finished third in the road race at collegiate nationals last year.

“My legs felt good, so I pushed the pace a bit and came over the top first, and then just had to keep going to the end. It was a nice little downhill so I just counted to one hundred pedal strokes over and over again until I saw 1K to go.” For Quinn, it was her second victory of the event — the first being the team time trial — and helped solidify her women’s Division II individual omnium title.

More than a minute and a half later, Mariske Strauss (Mars Hill, N.C./Mars Hill College) outsprinted Lauren De Crescenzo (Atlanta, Ga./Emory University) down the finishing shoot to take second place.

Division I Men

After a hotly contested men’s Division I race, Yeaton came away with his second Stars-and-Stripes jersey in two days. A 10-man group that emerged from an attack on the first lap created the foundation for a breakaway that would characterize the race.

As riders were shed or added to the lead group, the gap grew to more than two minutes. A similar sized group gave chase from the peloton, and eventually merged with several  front-runners after a crash splintered the lead group. As the race entered the large loop heading into Ogden, 15 riders were off the front with a two-and-a-half-minute lead.

Out of this group came a four-man break at the final feed zone. Two riders, one of whom was Yeaton, bridged up to it. As the race hit the final climb, the lead group and chase group began to spread out. At the summit, Yeaton held about a 10 second lead over David Novak (Tunkhannock, Penn./Lindsey Wilson College), who was followed 10 seconds behind by Shawn Gravois (Sarasota, Fla./University of Florida). They would spread out just a bit on the descent, but finish in that order, each riding solo to the finish.

Division II Men

Though the men’s Division II race began on an ugly note, it proved to be the more dramatic finish of the day. A crash at the feed zone on the first lap involved nearly half the field and ended the day for 17 riders. The split in the pack resulted in a harried chase by those left behind, but eventually the field sorted itself out and the race came together.

As usual, it was the final ascent where the race truly began to take shape. “That’s where everything went down,” said Brown, of Salt Lake City Community College. “I’m from here, so luckily I’ve had a chance to do a few rides up it. It was brutal. There were a couple little attacks and then me and Eddie [Grystar] from Brown went over the top together and just came in from there. We were kind of working together all the way until 1K to go, really.”

As the two arrived at the final few hundred meters, the race came down to a sprint to the line. Brown proved to be the stronger on the day, finishing just ahead of Edward Grystar (Oakmont, Penn./Brown University). Less than a minute later Ryan Sullivan (Nashville, Tenn./Cumberland University) took third by virtue of winning a three-up sprint to the line.

After three days of exciting racing over incredibly scenic courses, it seemed almost fitting that a Utah-based school would finally take home the Stars-and-Stripes.

Team Omnium

Despite the University of Colorado – Boulder’s double victory today, Marian University claimed its second team omnium title in a row, finishing 30 points ahead of the Buffaloes in the Division I standings. MIT’s dominating women’s team performance placed it ahead of Mars Hill College by 43 points in the Division II standings.

Individual Omnium

MIT (center) celebrates atop the Division II team omnium podium.
MIT (center) celebrates atop the Division II team omnium podium.

After earning multiple Stars-and-Stripes jerseys during the event, Josh Yeaton, Kaitlin Antonneau and Katie Quinn each earned individual omnium titles. In a true all-around performance, Cumberland University’s Ryan Sullivan topped the Division II men’s omnium title to earn his first national title of the event.

For more information, including full results and a photo gallery, visit the 2012 USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals webpage. A unique look at the event can also be found on Twitter using the hashtag #CollNats.

USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals Championships
Ogden, Utah
May 4-6, 2012

FULL RESULTS

Division I Women
1. Heather Fischer (Boulder, Colo./University of Colorado - Boulder) 2:54:47       
2. Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Marian University) +2:00       
3. Sarah Sturm (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) s.t. 
4. Rachel Warner (Luray, Va./Lees-McRae College) +3:19             
5. Lauren Catlin (Fairfax, Calif./Fort Lewis College) +3:25

Division II Women
1. Katie Quinn (Cambridge, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) 3:25:01          
2. Mariske Strauss (Mars Hill, N.C./Mars Hill College) +1:36          
3. Lauren De Crescenzo (Atlanta, Ga./Emory University) s.t.       
4. Christina Birch (Somerville, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) +2:26         
5. Yuri Matsumoto (Cambridge, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) +4:57

Division I Men
1. Josh Yeaton (Boulder, Colo./University of Colorado - Boulder) 3:04:12               
2. David Novak (Tunkhannock, Penn./Lindsey Wilson College) +0:13       
3. Shawn Gravois (Sarasota, Fla./University of Florida) +0:38       
4. Sam Bassetti (San Geronimo, Calif./University of California - Davis) +1:29         
5. Jeffrey Perrin (Lakewood, Colo./University of Colorado - Boulder) s.t.

Division II Men
1. Cortlan Brown (Bountiful, Utah/Salt Lake City Community College) 3:20:43      
2. Edward Grystar (Oakmont, Penn./Brown University) +0:01    
3. Ryan Sullivan (Nashville, Tenn./Cumberland University) +0:39               
4. Anthony Olson (Kasota, Minn./Minnesota State University - Mankato) same time      
5. Erik Levinsohn (Williamstown, Mass./Williams College) s.t.

Team Omnium Standings

Division I
1. Marian University — 500 points
3. University of Colorado – Boulder — 470 points
2. Fort Lewis College — 424 points
4. University of California – Davis — 289 points
5. Lindenwood University — 260 points

Division II
1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — 463 points
2. Mars Hill College — 420 points
3. U.S. Military Academy — 362 points
4. Cumberland University — 328 points
5. King College — 238 points

Individual Omnium Standings

Division I Men
1. Josh Yeaton (Boulder, Colo./University of Colorado - Boulder) — 315 points
2. Sam Bassetti (San Geronimo, Calif./University of California - Davis) — 209 points           
3. Alder Martz (Charlotte, N.C./Marian University) — 195 points
4. David Novak (Tunkhannock, Penn./Lindsey Wilson College) — 153 points          
5. Jeffrey Perrin (Lakewood, Colo./University of Colorado - Boulder) — 149 points

Division II Men
1. Ryan Sullivan (Nashville, Tenn./Cumberland University) — 269 points
2. Cortlan Brown (Bountiful, Utah/Salt Lake City Community College) — 220 points
3. Edward Grystar (Oakmont, Penn./Brown University) — 202 points
5. Robin Carpenter (Philadelphia, Penn./Swarthmore College) — 195 points         
5. Sebastian Scherf (Mars Hill, N.C./Mars Hill College) — 192 points

Division I Women
1. Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Marian University) — 303 points
2. Heather Fischer (Boulder, Colo./University of Colorado - Boulder) — 274 points
3. Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Marian University) — 230 points    
4. Sarah Sturm (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College)  — 217 points              
5. Lenore Pipes (Guam/Cornell University) — 151 points

Division II Women
1. Katie Quinn (Cambridge, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) — 325 points
2. Christina Birch (Somerville, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) — 239 points
3. Mariske Strauss (Mars Hill, N.C./Mars Hill College) — 227 points
4. Yuri Matsumoto (Cambridge, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) — 213 points
5. Lauren De Crescenzo (Atlanta, Ga./Emory University) — 211 points     



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