King Cycling Starts Spring Season with Success
MONTECELLO, Fla. – King College Cycling took to the course for the first time in the spring semester this past weekend at the Seminole Cycling Classic and made a strong start to the 2012 portion of the schedule. The Tornado saw two of its cyclist earn wins in their respective race categories and Blake Adams glow in his first races of his collegiate career.
Hosted by Florida State University (Tallahassee, Fla.) both Tornado teams took to the road for its first action since Dec. 11 at the Conference Cyclocross Championships. In the time trial team race, the men and women both earned second place finishes.
In the first races of his collegiate career, freshman Blake Adams (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) made a splash for the Tornado. In his first race with the program, Adams finished second in the cat-C road race on Saturday with the help of his team mates Brad Hughes and Reid Yoder. The three C-men worked consistently together all race when Hughes and Yoder gave Adams the perfect lead out to take him to the sprint finish at the line. Adams followed on Sunday by winning the men's cat-C criterium, his first win on collegiate competition.
Newcomer Julian Cabra also pedaled to a win on Sunday, taking the gold in the men's cat-A criterium. Finishing just behind Cabra was senior Zach Nave (Gray, Tenn.) in second place. Alex Jensen, a freshman from Tampa, Fla., finished eighth and T.J. Killelia finished 10th in the men's cat-A crit.
Nave also finished fourth in the Cat-A road race making a breakaway with cyclists from Brevard and University of Florida riders. The remaining King A-men worked the pack to perfection reeling in any potential chasers ultimately giving Nave a five-minute gap on the main group. Jensen also finished in the top-5 in Saturday cat-A road race, fourth in the event after helping the team block for Nave's breakaway. Rounding out the men's side, Bristol (Tenn.) native Casey Stallard finished ninth in Sunday's men's cat-B crit event.
On the women's side, Stephanie Cucaz (Lawrenceville, Ga.) took third place in the women's cat-A road race while teammate Amanda Komestat (Williamson, Ga.) placed fifth in the race. They both followed their success on Saturday with third and fourth place finishes in the Cat A women's criterium on Sunday.
The Tornado will compete next on Feb. 25 at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia.