Michael Robinson, Maitland Jones, and Stephanie Bunnett all ventured down to their home state over the weekend to contest the first collegiate races of the road season hosted by the University of Florida. The long drive down from Mars Hill was rewarded by a trio of victories. Robinson started off the winning on day one by taking the sprint from out of a 6-man breakaway group. Maitland Jones worked to control the field and assure the break’s success and finished in 11th. Stephanie Bunnett also found the breakaway in the women’s A race and finished a strong 2nd. In the last race of the day, the individual time trial, Robinson powered around the short course to win in 4:59, five seconds faster than 2nd place. Jones finished his time trial in 4th place with a time of 5:16. In the women’s event, Bunnett had another strong ride and finished in 3rd with a time of 6:07. On Sunday, Stephanie Bunnett won the women’s race in a field sprint, demonstrating her all around capabilities. Robinson and Jones missed the breakaway in their race but still managed to finish a strong 8th and 9th.
It was an excellent start to the road season as the team seeks to repeat its conference road title from last year and to defend it’s current #1 national ranking. The next race is at Georgia Southern this coming weekend, where MHC will bring a full team.