Before the final showdown in the Elite field, the Collegiate races were held on the last day of the US National Cyclocross Championships on Sunday. The temperatures had warmed up and the some of the water on the infield has been drained but it was still a sloppy mess for the riders.
Collegiate Women. The 2009 U23 cyclocross national champion, Ashley James (Appalachian State University), attacked from the gun in the D1 women’s race and built her lead in the first two laps to a solid 40 seconds over Marian University’s Kaitlin Antonneau and Lees McRae’s Erica Zaveta and Carla Swart, who traded off places throughout the race.
James maintained her lead throughout for a dominating win. Antonneau took a 20-second lead over the Lees McRae women to claim second, while Swart, the 2008 national collegiate cyclo-cross champ, bested Zaveta for third.
In the D2 women’s race, strong efforts from Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference powerhouse riders Arielle Filiberti (Dartmouth) and Laura Ralston (MIT) couldn’t match the surprise ride from the strongwoman from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Kimberly Flynn who led most of the race. Western Washington University’s Courtenay Mcfadden claimed third behind Ralston, while Filiberti took fourth and perennial favorite Lindsy Campbell (University of Montana) finished fifth.
Collegiate Men. After finishing second in heated battle in the U23 race the day before, Zach McDonald (University of Washington-Seattle) came out swinging to earn back-to-back Stars-and-Stripes in the Division I collegiate men’s race. Brady Kappius (University of Colorado-Boulder) attacked early and held a strong lead until reigning champ McDonald inched his way to the front on the second lap with Kappius fading to fourth.
From there it was McDonald and Eric Thompson (Lees-McRae College) fighting one-on-one in a matchup reminiscent of 2009′s duel between McDonald and Fort Lewis’ Sonntag. Thompson, however, was taken out halfway through a lap with a derailleur that fell apart in the middle of the day’s horrifically sticky mud. From there it was McDonald’s race to lose, and he did not give up the lead the rest of the day. Chris Hurst (University of Colorado-Boulder) surged to a late second-place finish, with Brad Perley (Lees-McRae College) claiming third.
In the D2 men’s race the Western Washington University duo of Steve Fisher and Logan Wetzel overcame an early attack from 2009 winner Ryan Leech (Savannah College of Art & Design) to take control of the race in the second lap and never let go. Leech managed to hold on for third ahead of Mesa State College’s Mullervy brothers, Conor and Kevin.
Collegiate Omniums. With the most points earned in both the men and women’s races, Lees McRae walked away handily with the overall D1 omnium win, thanks to dominating top-10 finishes in both races. Fort Lewis played the numbers game well, placing numerous riders in the top ten of each race, as well, and it earned them second place on the weekend, one step down from last year.
Marian University continued their climb in the world of cyclocross, claiming third, just ahead of Appalachian State University, a newcomer to the Division 1 field (having just surpassed 15,000 students, ASU moved from DII to DI this year). University of Washington rounded out the podium in fifth
In the D2 competition, five top-10 finishes this weekend allowed Western Washington University to take a commanding victory, with up-and-coming Mars Hill College claiming second. MIT took third with more top individual finishes and MIT was fourth. Local favorite Central Oregon Community College rounded out the top five.
Top 5 D1 Collegiate Women
1. Ashley James (Dousman, Wis./Appalachian State University) 0:39:10
2. Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Marian University) 0:40:14
3. Carla Swart (Banner Elk, NC/Lees-McRae College) 0:40:43
4. Erica Zaveta (Erwinna, Penn./Lees-McRae College) 0:40:48
5. Sarah Sturm (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) 0:43:44
Top 5 D2 Collegiate Women
1. Kimberly Flynn (Hixson, Tenn./UT-Chattanooga) 0:43:34
2. Laura Ralston (Cambridge, Mass./MIT) 0:44:21
3. Courtenay McFadden (Bellingham, Wash./Western Washington University) 0:44:54
4. Arielle Filiberti (Worcester, Mass./Dartmouth) 0:45:49
5. Lindsy Campbell (Missoula, Mont./University of Montana) 0:46:10
Top 5 D1 Collegiate Men
1. Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./University of Washington-Seattle) 0:41:30
2. Chris Hurst (Lake Geneva, Wisc./University of Colorado-Boulder) 0:41:38
3. Bradford Perley (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) 0:41:43
4. Braden Kappius (Littleton, Colo./University of Colorado-Boulder) 0:42:14
5. Eric Thompson (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) 0:42:19
Top 5 D2 Collegiate Men
1. Steve Fisher (Bellingham, Wash./Western Washington University) 0:42:56
2. Logan Wetzel (Renton, Wash./Western Washington University) 0:42:58
3. Ryan Leech (Savannah, Ga./Savannah College of Art & Design) 0:43:55
4. Conor Mullervy (Boise , Idaho/Mesa State College) 0:44:26
5. Kevin Mullervy (Littleton, Colo./Mesa State College) 0:44:44
DI Team Omnium
1. Lees-McRae College 188
2. Fort Lewis College 156
3. Marian University 129
4. Appalachian State University 113
5. University of Washington-Seattle 107
DII Team Omnium
1. Western Washington University 188
2. Mars Hill College 146
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 121
4. Mesa State College 121
5. Central Oregon Community College 95
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