King claims second straight SECCC title

ORLANDO, Fla. – For the second consecutive year, the King University cycling team has claimed the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference championship, narrowly edging out Milligan College to repeat as champions. Megan Rogers turned in one of her best performances of the season, winning a pair of races and taking second in the other omnium race to lead the Tornado.

The category B rider started her stellar weekend in Orlando by winning the criterium on Saturday morning. Later in the afternoon, the sophomore finished ahead of the field again, this time in the time trial. The omnium wrapped up on Sunday with the road race, and Rogers nearly made it a three-peat, narrowly taking second place.

Also in the women's B criterium, Keely Easterling just missed the podium with a fourth place finish while Jennifer Caicedo and Reuben Dupre won their races. Caicedo took first in the women's A race while Dupre finished ahead of his competitors in the men's B race. Dupre also turned in a third place performance in the time trial on Saturday afternoon.

The Tornado had many riders turn in great races on Sunday to help King clinch their second straight conference title. Along with Rogers' stellar finish, Dupre took third in the men's B road race while Reid Yoder finished 10th in the men's C race. In the men's A race, T.J. Killelea finished on the podium at third, and Alex Jensen took 11th. On the women's side, Caicedo finished with a solid fourth in the in the category A race while Easterling capped her weekend with a fifth place finish in the women's B race.

The Tornado defended their conference title finishing ahead of Milligan and Brevard College. The Tornado will be in action again on May 2-4 at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals in Richmond, Va.