SNOWSHOE, W.Va. – As the defending Division 2 USA Cycling Mountain Bike champions, the King University cycling team had a chance to defend their title over the weekend in Snowshoe, W.Va. This year, the Tornado came home with a third place finish in the Division 2 omnium in their second year competing at the mountain bike national championships.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Abby Hobbs led the way for the women, taking 12th in the individual omnium. She started with a 30th place finish in short track, and then qualified 15th in downhill on Friday. On Saturday she finished 13th in downhill and 28th in cross country before taking 22nd in the dual slalom on Sunday.
- Taking 14th in the individual omnium was Emily Cox. She started her weekend with an 18th place finish in short track and qualified 20th in downhill. Cox then took 19th in downhill and 30th in cross country before wrapping up her weekend with a 29th place finish in dual slalom.
- Miranda Goodman finished the weekend with a 19th place finish in the omnium. She started her weekend by taking 38th in short track. She followed that with a 29th place finish in cross country, and closed her weekend by taking 36th in dual slalom.
- Jennifer Caicedo also competed for the Tornado, taking 36th in both short track and cross country.
- On the men's side, Kyle Ellis led the way, taking 13th in the individual omnium. He started by taking 23rd in short track and finished 35th in downhill. Ellis then took 42nd in cross country, and finished the weekend by taking 44th in dual slalom.
- Matthew Owen wasn't far behind, taking 14th in the individual omnium. He opened the weekend with a 40th place finish in short track, and qualified 33rd in downhill. The next day he finished 29th in downhill and 39th in cross country before finishing the weekend with a 35th finish in dual slalom.
- Taking part in a pair of races, Nolan Tankersley finished 45th in short track and 44th in cross country.
- Fausto Crapiz took 64th in short track and 53rd in cross country for the Tornado.
- The team relay quartet of Hobbs, Cox, Tankersly and Owen finished 11th.
FOR THE FOES
- Warren Wilson College finished first and Western State University (Colorado) took second ahead of the Tornado.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- This marks the second season the Tornado have competed at USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships.
- A season ago, the Tornado were USA Cycling Division 2 national champions.
- King opens the cyclocross season on November 5 when they host a race on campus.