Bobcat Cycling Team Wins First Race

Atlanta, GA--The Lees-McRae Bobcats cycling team opened up their collegiate season with a road race at Georgia Tech this past Saturday after racing in non-collegiate events the past two weeks as part of the Hincapie race series in Greenville, South Carolina.

In total, 34 rider competed in green and gold in all five levels, including and individual time trial and two road races. Of the fifteen total races on the day, Lees-McRae managed to come home with seven first place finishes as well as twenty eight top five finishes.

In the Mens A race Kevin Holldber came away with a second place finish Saturday while Luke Winger and Ed Burress brought home third and fourth place finishes respectively in Sunday's individual time trial. In the Mens B field, Will Hoffarth won the individual time trial as well as the road race Sunday and teammate Sean Condron earned the win in Saturday's road race.

In the Womens A field the Lady Bobcats dominated the individual time trial, earning four of the top seven times, as well as four of the top eight finishes in the road race Saturday, and four of the top six in Sunday's road race. Kacey Mandefield won the Sunday road race and placed 2nd in the ITT while Kristi Henne finished 2nd in the Saturday road race. The women also dominated the women's B field with Olivia Maurey winning Saturday and Chloe Jackson winning Sunday's road race.

Over all finishes were:

Men's A

ITT; Ed Burress 4th, Sam Keesler 8th, Preston Anderson 13th, Kevin Holldber 14th, Christian White 18th and Went Knipe 19th.

Saturday RR; Kevin Holldber 2nd, Wes Shirey 6th, Sam Keesler 11th, Luke Winger 12th, Scott Stewart 18th.

Sunday RR: Luke Winger 3rd, Ed Burress 7th, Wes Shirey 8th, Preston Anderson 10th, Went Knipe 13th, Kevin Holldber 14th, Sam Keesler 19th and Christian White 20th.

Women's A

ITT; Kacey Mandefield 2nd, Jo Markham 3rd, Monique Hein 5th, Kristi Henne 7th, Carla Swart 8th, Ally Stacher 11th.

Saturday RR; Kristi Henne 2nd, Kacey Mandefield 4th , Ally Stacher 5th, Carla Swart 8th, Jo Markham 10th, Monique Hein 12th.

Sunday RR; Kacey Mandefield 1st, Monique Hein 3rd, Carla Swart 5th, Jo Markham 6th.

Men's B:

ITT : Will Hoffarth 1st, Sean Condron 2nd, Diego Ramirez 5th.

Saturday RR: Sean Condron 1st, Will Hoffarth 2nd, Aaron Bradford 7th, Paul Davis 10th, Diego Ramirez 12th, Chris Consorto 16th, Chris Pickerell 18th.

Sunday RR: Will Hoffarth 1st, Chris Pickerell 2nd, SeanCondron 3rd, Chris Consorto 7th, Diego Ramirez 9th, Paul Davis 13th, Aaron Bradford 14th.

Women's B:

ITT: Chloe Jackson 2nd, Olivia Maurey 3rd.

Saturday RR: Olivia Maurey 1st, Chloe Jackson 3rd.

Sunday RR: Chloe Jackson 1st. Olivia Maurey 2nd.

Men's C:

ITT: Aaron Bradford 2nd.

Sunday RR: Eric Jackson 4th.

Up next, the men's and women's teams head to the University of Georgia next weekend. In their first season competing at the Division I level, the Bobcats will look to have yet another strong showing as they match up against the nation's top competition.