Weekly Collegiate Race Recap October 23, 2013


SECCC- Brevard Race Weekend- Conference Championships: by Spencer Lowden

Kerry Werner, defending U23 National Champion
Kerry Werner, defending U23 National Champion

This week’s SECCC races were the conference championships being hosted by Brevard College. These races were the final chance to fine tune skills in preparation for Nationals.
Saturday brought along two events, Cross country and Dual Slalom. The XC course was one of the toughest of the year with steep and extended climbs along with tight, loose and steep downhills. This course required all racers’ skills to be working at their highest level if they were to want to come away with a quality result. In both the Men’s and Women’s “A” race the winners  were the same as they have been almost all season, Kerry Werner (Lees-Mcrae) and Erica Zaveta (Brevard College). Both Kerry and Erica asserted their dominance this season and showed they were coming off great form leading into Nationals this following weekend. Zach Valdez (Brevard College) and Sarah Hill (Brevard College) came in second in their respective events hot on the heels of the winners of the XC.
In the afternoon was the intense and fast-paced dual slalom. The course was slick adding an extra variable in the already complicated event. In the men’s “A” race Dan Ennis (Brevard College) edged out Cody Phillips (Lees-Mcrae) to bring home a solid win in the first gravity event of the weekend. Schools switched positions in the Women’s “A” race with Hailey Sarausky (Lees-Mcrae) taking the win against Erica Zaveta (Brevard College).
Sunday morning brought the toughest downhill event on the SECCC calendar. The steep and wet course made the racers have to tactically approach the course in a different manner than the many other events that occurred earlier in the season. Dan Ennis ended with weekend two for two in the Men’s “A” race with a stellar run followed closely by teammate Mac Banner. Hailey Sarausky also established her dominance in the conference gravity events taking the top spot on the podium followed by Sarah Hill of Brevard College.
The last and most exciting event of the weekend, the short track was held on Brevard College’s own campus adding an extra amount of spectators with college students coming out to cheer and heckle all the cyclists participating. Kerry Werner showed everybody that his season was no joke and took first place being trailed by Zach Valdez who has been hunting down Werner all season. While in the Women’s “A” race Erica Zaveta matched Kerry’s spectacular season adding another win to her already impressive results. The weekend wrapped up smoothly with congratulations and supportive wishes of good luck as Nationals quickly approaches this coming weekend.
The SECCC conference will be well represented at nationals and we are all excited to see the conference teams perform as they have been all year long.