Fort Lewis, Brevard clinch omniums at Collegiate MTB Nationals
Truckee, Calif. (October 18, 2009) – Fort Lewis College and Brevard College clinched the Divisions I and II team omniums as the 2009 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships came to a close on Sunday. Both teams had commanding leads going into the final day of racing – leads which were strengthened even more with some very solid efforts in the downhill finales.
Fort Lewis earned a total of 671 points over the weekend to best the 589 earned by its closest rival, the University of Colorado. Playing a significant role in Fort Lewis’ overall win was the domination by Rotem Ishay of the men’s cross country and short track races. Also, on the gravity side, the school’s Emma Millar won the women’s four cross while Sage Wilderman posted the fastest result in Sunday’s downhill race. In Division II, Brevard scored 663 points to beat out Union College of Kentucky, which accumulated a total of 533 points. A big factor in Brevard’s victory was rider Johanne Tuttle who won the Division II Women’s four cross and placed second in the downhill contest on Sunday. The school also saw several podium place finishes by Julia Tellman and Tristan Cowie.
The downhill competitions were a perfect way to close out a great weekend of national championship racing. With a sick rock garden and variety of lines, the course was certainly a crowd pleaser.
The Division I Men’s contest was by far the fastest of the day with Joey Schusler (University of Colorado) owning the mountain with a solid time of four minutes to best silver medalist Jon Wilson (University of Missouri) by 11 seconds and bronze medalist Bob Stenson (University of Nevada) by 14 seconds. Posting the fourth and fifth fastest times were Michael Larsen (University of Colorado) and Samuel Mellen (Northeastern University).
Two women from Fort Lewis College really showed the school’s strength and helped solidify its number one ranking in the team omnium during the Division I women’s contest. Sage Wilderman grabbed the top step of the podium with a time of 4:53 while her teammate Emma Millar rode to silver even after losing time when she crashed out on one of the course’s technical sections. The University of Nevada’s Lizzy English descended to third-place while Deidre York (University of Colorado) and Heather McFadden (California State) rounded out the podium in fourth and fifth.
Michael Thomas (Appalachian State) took control of the Division II men’s race, besting his nearest threat, Deider Barrick (Front Range CC-Larimer) by nearly eight seconds. Justin Graves (Humboldt State University) clocked the bronze medal time and Blake Carney (California Lutheran) and Peter Mills (University of North Carolina) were the fourth and fifth fastest in the division.
In the Division II women’s test, Christen Boyer (Colorado School of Mines) closed out a successful weekend with a time of 5:05 down the mountain. She grabbed the top step of the podium ahead of the division’s new omnium champ, Johanne Tuttle (Brevard College). Boyer’s Colorado School of Mines teammate, Courtney Steen, descended to third place while Becca Parish (Warren Wilson College) and Rachel Millsop (Union College of Kentucky) grabbed those final two podium steps.
In addition to the team omniums, individual omniums were awarded to males and females in each division at the end of the downhill races. In Division I, the top honors went to Mitchell Peterson (University of Utah) and Sage Wilderman (Fort Lewis College). Zach Winn (Union College of Kentucky) and Johanne Tuttle (Brevard College) grabbed the overall prizes in Division II.
The 2009 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships are now officially in the books. Next up in collegiate national championship racing will be the USA Cyclocross National Championships which are set for Bend, Oregon in December.
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Photos from Top to Bottom: Brevard College riders don the Stars-and-Stripes as the D2 Team Omnium winner; Emma Millar leaves the start gate for the downhill contest in which she placed second; Menso De Jong, shown on the downhill course, placed third in the Division i men's omnium. Photo courtesy of www.thomascompton.com.
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