HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College cycling team turned in another strong performance this past weekend (Sept. 8-9) at the Brevard College mountain bike event hosted at the Reeb Ranch in Hendersonville, N.C.
On Saturday, the team participated in cross-country and dual slalom events.
Men on Day One - The men placed three riders in the top 10 in the A cross-country event, with Nolan VanderZwaag taking second, Jack Perry taking sixth and Nicholas Sdrenka finishing in ninth. Brendan Bengtson finished 13th, while Drew Blackstone finished 16th and Andrew Sparks finished 17th. Silas Moorefield crossed the line in 22nd, while David Kahn finished 27th. Jake Kahn would be the final placer in the A race in 33rd. James Kreuzburg would take third in the B cross-country event, while Zach Ross would place ninth. Jacob Tarbay placed 12th in the C cross-country event, while Dewight Winchester took 19th. Jake Kahn would finish fourth in A dual slalom, while Anthony Khare would take seventh and Michael Fuerst would finish on his heels in eighth. Clancy Loorham and David Kahn would finish back-to-back in 11th and 12th respectively, while Cole Kraft took 17th and Perry finished 20th. Blackstone also finished sixth in the B dual slalom event.
Women on Day One - Four women placed in the top 10 in the A cross-country event in Veronica Laughton (fifth), Erin Sferrazza (eighth), Svetlana Mack (ninth) and Kiley Krasley (10th), while Marla Cline also took 11th in the race. Laughton also won the A dual slalom event, while Mack finished eighth. Sferrazza and Cline would finish eighth and ninth respectively in the B/C dual slalom event.
On day two, the riders competed in short-track and downhill events.
Men on Day Two - In the A short-track event, the Bobcats placed four riders in the top 10 in VanderZwaag (second), Sdrenka (fifth), Sparks (seventh) and Blackstone (10th). Perry would finish 12th in the A race, while David Kahn crossed the line in 20th. Moorefield finished 25th, while Jake Kahn finished 28th.Bengtson was the final rider for LMC in the race, finishing 33rd. Three men placed in the top five in the B short-track event, with Kruezburg finishing second, Joe Penley taking third and Zach Ross crossing the line in fourth. Winchester would take fourth in the C short-track event, while Tarbay finished 12th. The men also placed five riders in the top 10 in the A downhill event in David Kahn (second), Jake Kahn (sixth), Khare (seventh), Fuerst (ninth) and Perry (10th). Craft crossed the line in 15th, while Loorham finished 17th. Blackstone was the top finisher in the B downhill race, taking fourth.
Women on Day Two - Sferrazza took sixth in the A short-track race, while Laughton took eighth. LMC also swept 11th-14th in the race with Krasley, Dagny Palmer, Mack and Cline. Laughton would go on to take second in the A downhill event. Mack took second in the B/C downhill event, while Cline and Sferrazza finished back-to-back in sixth and seventh.
Up Next - After a weekend off, LMC will host the High Country Collegiate MTB Challenge in Banner Elk, which is a dual conference race between the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) and the Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference (ACCC). The event will take place Sept. 22-23.