Eight Mars Hill riders competed at track nationals last week and thoroughly enjoyed learning a new discipline. Here’s a report from one of those riders, freshman Corey Davis:
Last week the Mars Hill College cycling team competed at USA Cycling’s collegiate track nationals. The team sent an eight person roster to compete at the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis. The men performed well in the 4k individual pursuit and kilometer time trial despite the lack of aero equipment or prior race experience on the track. Tim Jenkinson and Sebastian Scherf faced tough wind conditions during the flying 200 meter but still put up respectable times. In the Co Ed team sprint Mars Hill performed well despite a less than stellar start. The men’s team pursuit squad was happy with their performances the next day as they were not far off podium pace despite lack of equipment and practice. Sebastian Scherf qualified for the points race finals and finished the race against stiff competition. Klara Rossouw and Lacey Douglas finished well in the 3k individual pursuit, flying 200 and 500m time trial, their first time in each events.
The Southeast had a strong showing at this year’s track nationals with a podium finish for Lees-McRae in D1 and Cumberland University in D2. For it being the team’s first time racing on track we are already looking forward to next year. With another year of track experience we plan on improving on this year’s sixth place finish to a spot on the podium. We would also like to thank and congratulate Marian University for hosting this year’s race and winning the team omnium again. We also want to thank the Asheville cycling community for letting us use their bikes and equipment.
Full results can be found HERE.
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