ATHENS, Ga. – The University of Georgia Cycling Club hosted the Battle in Dawg Country in Athens, Ga. this past weekend where freshman Blake Adams continued to excel on the bike at Autumn Glenn. Adams took home two wins while Julian Cabra also earned a win on the men's side. The women featured four top-5 finishes between two divisions and two racers. The races in Athens consisted of a criterium, a circuit race, and a time trial.
Adams ran the men's 'C' division by pulling away from the pack with two wins over the weekend. The Pigeon Forge, Tenn., native pulled away from the pack in the men's 'C' criterium with a first place finish and came back on Sunday to earn a second win in the men's 'C' circuit. These two wins solidify his place at the top of the Men's C category going into the last race weekends of the season.
King rode strong as a pack in the men's 'C' circuit, placing two additional racers inside the top-10. Sophomore Reid Yoder and senior Brad Hughes also placed high among the field, crossing the line seventh and 10th, respectively.
Julian Cabra had a strong weekend finishing seventh in the criterium behind fourth place finisher Alex Jensen (Tampa, Fla.) represented King in the 'A' criterium then followed that up by clinching first in the circuit race. Julian Cabra (Greenville, S.C.) broke away from the field and finished first overall in the top men's circuit race while Killelea and Jensen finished three spots apart at 10th and 13th. Killelea worked tirelessly in the race to set up Cabra for the finish and had just enough gas left to beat out a couple of challengers to nab the final spot for a top-10 finish.
All four members of the women's team had strong races with five top-5 finishes over the weekend. Stephanie Cucaz (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Caroline Gentry (Bristol, Tenn.) raced in the 'A' and 'B' divisions. Cucaz raced to a second place finish in the criterium and third in the circuit winning the sprint finish to conclude her weekend.
Gentry returned to racing with class after an illness kept her off of the circuit. She began her late start to the season with a third place finish in the women's 'B' criterium before besting that mark with a second place finish in the women's 'B' circuit the following day.
Other notable performances include Alex Jensen (Tampa, Fla.) finishing fourth overall in the men's 'A' criterium, just ahead of Julian Cabra's seventh place finish. Casey Stallard (Bristol, Va.) completed the men's 'B' criterium in sixth place overall, while Amanda Komestat (Williamson, Ga.) placed seventh overall in the women's 'A' race. Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) placed fifth in the women's 'B' circuit race.
Tornado Cycling will take the week off and prepare for their next action on April 14-15 in Clemson, S.C. for a two-day race weekend, hosted by Clemson University.
Entering the weekend, King ranked second in the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference points standings. King accumulated 331 combined points, trailing only Mars Hills College by 15 points overall.