Erica Zaveta captures cross country national championship

TRUCKEE, Calif. --- Junior Erica Zaveta (Erwinna, Pa.) became Lees-McRae College's second rider to capture an individual national championship this season, topping the podium in the Division I cross country race on day one of the USA Cycling 2010 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Friday.

Zaveta led the way for the Bocbats as Lees-McRae turned in a solid first day at the three-day event, crossing the finish line nearly three seconds ahead of Fort Lewis College's Sage Wilderman (Fraser, Colo.) to capture the individual national championship in the Women's Division I Cross Country race.

Kira Shoemaker (Aiken, S.C.) and Cinthia Lehner (Greer, S.C.) finished 17th and 22nd, respectively, to round out a solid team performance in the women's cross country event.

Senior Bradford Perley (Kennebunkport, Maine) posted an impressive fourth place finish in the Men's Division I Cross Country event, while Brian Sheedy, Kerry Werner (Birdsboro, Pa.), and Eric Thompson (Shoreview, Minn.) each placed among the top 20 riders to put the Bobcats in great position in the team standings.

Sheedy finished 11th, as Werner and Thompson placed 15th and 19th, respectively. Ezra Mullen (Nottingham, N.H.) rounded out the Bobcats with a 24th-place finish.

Lees-McRae returns to the course on Saturday, as day two of the USA Cycling 2010 Collegiate Mountain Bike National kicks off at the Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in Truckee, Calif.

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