Kmetz Earns Pair of Wins; LMC Cycling Shines at Clemson

Kmetz Earns Pair of Wins; LMC Cycling Shines at Clemson

CLEMSON, S.C. --- Junior Phil Kmetz earned wins in the Dual Slalom Men A and Downhill Men A while the Lees-McRae cycling program completed a successful weekend at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.

Overall, LMC claimed five victories, nine top-three finishes and 23 top 10's. Kmetz (Keene, N.H.) led the way with two victories while Silas Moorefield (Statesville, N.C.), Veronica Laughton (Lancaster, Calif.) and Jake Grimes (Matthews, N.C.) earned one each.

"Our gravity team really shined bright this weekend.  Our captain Phil Kmetz had great runs in the downhill, and then had phenomenal battles in the final heats in the dual slalom.  Jake Kahn also did quite well in a stacked field. Simona Croccolo (Castleton, Vt.) and Veronica Laughton are an excellent one-two combo, which is something we have not had in a few years. We felt like we would perform well, but to win three out of four gravity events is pretty special," said head coach and director of cycling Tim Hall.

"Michael Zanetti (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and captain Emma Klingaman (Ildyllwild, Calif.0, two key seniors, led our endurance squad each day with strong consistent finishes. The depth of strength in the SECCC has improved with the addition of Piedmont and Savanna College of Art and Design (SCAD), so podium placings and top 10s are much more difficult now. The weekly level of competition within the conference will make everyone better ahead of nationals."

"Our younger riders really stepped up and made a good impression. It was exciting to see freshman Quinn Reeves (Tyler, Texas) crack the top 10 in cross country, and sophomore Jack Perry (Brewster, Mass.) come from behind for a top 10 in the short track. Laughton did an outstanding job all weekend considering she raced all four events. Very few athletes can win in gravity and then achieve top 10 results in endurance, and she's just a freshman."

"Jake Grimes and Silas Moorefield were exciting to watch in Men B. It was fun to see those two battling it out with one another for victory.  Jake and Silas show great promise for us in the future for Men A."

The Bobcats travel to Barbourville, Ky. to ride at Union College Sep. 10-11.

Results

Downhill – Men A

1stPhil Kmetz

10thJake Kahn

11thJack Perry

15thEvan Christenson 

Downhill – Women A
1stVeronica Laughton
2ndSimona Croccolo

13thSamantha Croft 

Short Track – Men A

5thMichael Zanetti

8thJack Perry

11thNolan VanderZwaag

13th – Sam Dobrozsi

16thEvan Christenson 

Short Track – Women A

4thEmma Klingaman

10thVeronica Laughton

11thErin Sferrazza

13thStacey Hyslop 

Short Track – Men B

1stJake Grimes

2ndSilas Moorefield 

Dual Slalom – Men A

1stPhil Kmetz
6thJake Kahn

12thEvan Christenson

16thJack Perry 

Dual Slalom – Women A

3rdVeronica Laughton

4thSimona Croccolo

9thSamantha Croft 

Dual Slalom – Men B

4thCole Kraft 

Dual Slalom – Men C

7thJake Grimes 

Cross Country – Men A

5thMichael Zanetti

8thQuinn Reeves

9thSamuel Dobrozsi

11thEvan Christenson

15thNolan VanderZwaag

17thJack Perry 

Cross Country – Women A

8thEmma Klingaman

10thVeronica Laughton

12thErin Sferrazza

14thStacey Hyslop 

Cross Country – Men B

1stSilas Moorefield

3rdJake Grimes

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