BRISTOL, Va. – The King University cycling team hosted their first event of the year, a mountain bike race at Sugar Hollow Park and turned in a solid weekend. Tyler Cope and Matthew Owen both came away with victories to lead the Tornado.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- On Saturday, Cope finished first in the men's category C downhill race to get the weekend started. He later finished 11th in the dual slalom on Sunday.
- Also in the dual slalom, Owen won the men's category A race to cap his weekend. Owen started his weekend with a seventh place finish in the downhill race and followed that with a 10th place finish in the short track race. He then finished 14th in the cross country race.
- Racing in men's category A, Kyle Ellis started his weekend with an eighth place finish in the downhill race and followed it with a runner-up finish in the short track race. Ellis finished the weekend with a fourth place finish in the dual slalom and a ninth place finish in the cross country race.
- In the men's C downhill race, Taylor White finished sixth, Billy Barnes took eighth and Quenton Lyons finished ninth.
- White then finished fourth and Lyons finished eighth in the dual slalom.
- In the men's B dual slalom, Fausto Crapiz finished ninth.
- On Sunday in the men's A cross country race, Cory Rimmer finished 16th, Crapiz finished 26th and Nolan Tankersley took 28th.
- In the men's C cross country race, White finished fifth and Lyons took eighth.
- On the women's side, Abby Hobbs finished fourth in the category A downhill race while Emily Cox took fifth. Miranda Goodman rounded out the A riders with a 10th place finish.
- In the short track race, Jennifer Caicedo led the way with a sixth place finish while Cox finished eighth. Goodman finished 12th and Hobbs took 13th.
- Hobbs again led the way in the dual slalom finishing fifth, Cox took ninth and Goodman finished 11th.
- Rounding out the weekend, Cox led the way with a fifth place finish in the cross country race while Caicedo followed with a 14th place finish. Hobbs took 15th and Goodman rounded out the group with an 18th place finish.
- King will be in action again on Saturday and Sunday at Mars Hill University. The race is also the Southeaster Collegiate Cycling Conference Mountain Bike Championships.