Photo courtesy of Nick Sdrenka
BANNER ELK, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College cycling team posted a solid weekend overall hosting the High Country Collegiate MTB Challenge this past weekend (Sept. 22-23).
The teams faced some great competition from teams out of both the Southeast Collegiate Cycling Conference and the Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference. The cross-country and dual slalom events were held on Saturday (Sept. 22), while the short track and downhill events took place on Sunday (Sept. 23).
Men on Day One - LMC got four riders in the top 10 of the men's A cross-country event, including three of them finishing right in a row. Nolan VanderZwaag led the way in fourth, while Andrew Sparks took fifth and Jack Perry crossed the line in sixth. Brendan Bengtson would finish 10th, followed closely by Andrew Blackstone in 11th. Nick Sdrenka placed 15th, while Silas Moorefield took 25th. James Kreuzburg was the top finisher in the B race, taking second. Joseph Penley was the other finisher in the top five in fourth. Jacob Tarbay was the lone Bobcat in the C cross-country race, notching a third-place finish. The men also placed four riders in the top 10 in the A dual slalom event, including three in the top five. Jake Kahn and David Kahn finished in second and third respectively, while Michael Fuerst took fifth. Anthony Khare would be the final top 10 finisher in the A race taking seventh, while Perry finished 14th. Clancy Loorham would finish in 17th, while Cole Kraft would take 22nd in the event. Blackstone was the lone Bobcat in the B dual slalom event, winning the event. Bengtson would win the C dual slalom event, while Charles Foster would finish 23rd.
Women on Day One - The women began the day notching four top 10 finishes in the A cross-country event. Svetlana Mack took fifth, while Erin Sferrazza, Veronica Laughton and Marla Cline finished seventh, eighth and 10th respectively. Kiley Krasley finished 13th, while Dagny Palmer crossed the line in 18th. Laughton would go on to finish third in the women's A dual slalom, while Mack would take ninth. LMC would get three consecutive top five finishes in the B dual slalom, with Palmer, Sferrazza and Cline finishing third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Men on Day Two - The men would notch three top 10 finishes in the A short-track event, led by VanderZwaag in third. Sparks would take fifth in the event, while Sdrenka would finish eighth. Perry would place 12th, while David Kahn would finish 15th. Blackstone would finish 22nd, while Moorefield would take 26th. Bengtson would be the final finisher in 37th. Kreuzburg would win the B short-track event, while Penley and Zachary Ross finished fifth and sixth respectively. Tarbay would take sixth in the C event as the lone LMC competitor. The Bobcats would sweep the top three spots in the A downhill event with David Kahn, Khare and Jake Kahn finishing in the top three spots. Fuerst would take seventh, while Kraft and Loorham would finish back-to-back in 15th and 16th. Perry would go down as the final LMC placer in the event in 21st. Foster would go on to win the C downhill event.
Women on Day Two - The Bobcats would notch three consecutive finishes in the A short-track event with Sferrazza, Mack and Laughton finishing fourth through sixth respectively, while Krasley also finished ninth for a fourth top 10 finish. Cline would finish 14th, while Palmer would cross the line in 19th. Laughton would take second in the A downhill event, while Mack would finish fifth. Cline would go on to win the B downhill event as the lone LMC rider.
Up Next - LMC will travel to Barbourville, Ky. This coming weekend (Sept. 29-30) for Union College's Mad Dog MTB event.