Mars Hill Claims Silver at Cyclocross Nationals, Climbs to #1 Ranking

14 12 2010

MHC Cycling raced to a 2nd place in the Collegiate National Cyclocross Championships on Sunday. Held on a technical and muddy course in Bend, Oregon’s Old Mill District, the team overcame both crashes and mechanicals to earn its first national championship team podium. Competing for the men were Matt Willing, Kyle Knott, Tim Jenkinson, and Paul Webb. Three women represented MHC: Klara Rossouw, Stephanie Bunnett, and Yolanda Colon. It was a true team effort with every rider’s placing counting toward the team overall.

The strong performance moves MHC into the #1 national ranking among Division II schools. The ranking is a year-long competition that combines results from collegiate cycling’s four national championships: mountain biking, track, cyclocross, and road. With three of the four complete and only road nationals remaining, the team will take a short break for the holidays before resetting focus on its next goals: a podium at road nationals and defense of the #1 ranking. Road nationals will be held on May 6-8 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Cyclocross Nationals Team Podium, Div II:

1. Western Washington University
2. Mars Hill College
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
4. Mesa State College
5. Central Oregon Community College

National Team Rankings, Div II:

1. Mars Hill College
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3. Cumberland University
4. Mesa State College
5. Western Washington University
6. Brevard College
7. Union College
8. Depauw University
9. Warren Wilson College
10. US Military Academy

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