The Lees-McRae Cycling Team traveled to Florida for the SECCC Conference Championship Races. After dominating the Div II rankings not only in their conference, but also at Nationals the last three years, the Bobcats have showed their strength all year in the Div I rankings of the SECCC. At stake was the team's and school's first ever Div I Conference Title. For a school of only 650 students, to be competing against the larger schools at the Div I level, it shows the talent of the squad as they dominated the conference events.
Bobcat Cycling Team Wins Conference Title
Once again the team won most of the races they entered. The men's team won both of the A races with Scott Stewart winning the short track and Will Hoffarth winning the cross country race. The team overpowered the rest of the conference with a point total almost equal to the next two teams in Div I to secure their conference title. University of Florida finished second with Florida State taking third. In the overall conference titles, Wes Shirey finished second and Scott Stewart finished third in the men A. Monique Hein finished third and Kristi Henne fifth in the women's A field. Paul Davis won the men's B field with Chris Consorto taking third. Chris had been winning the B field, but chose to move up into the A field for the final race and finished a very respectable fifth place. In the women's B field, Katie Getchel brought home silver with her second place finish. Over all the LMC team brought home the Div I overall team title and six individual medals. This concluded a very successful first season in Div I Mountain Bike season.
Also over the weekend a number of the gravity team riders headed to Diablo NJ to get in one more downhill race in their preparation for Nationals. Olivia Maurey took third place in the open women's category and Aaron Bradford finished 12 in the pro field.
Luke Winger and Kacey Manderfield traveled to CA to compete in the elite track nationals. After a very successful collegiate national event they both were excited to compete against the best in the country outside of collegiate racing. Luke finished 15 in the points race and he and his Minnesota team mate finished top 10 in the Madison. Kacey brought home another podium spot after three at collegiate nats, with a fifth place finish in the Karin event.
The team now gets ready for the Mountain Bike Nationals in Angel Fire, NM. They expect it to be a very tough competition as they compete against the strong teams from Fort Lewis and University of Colorado. They hope to be able to bring home a top five finish their first year competing in Div I.