Cycling Wraps Up Mountain Bike Competition at Union College

Cycling Wraps Up Mountain Bike Competition at Union College

Photo courtesy of Jake Miller

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Lees-McRae College cycling team competed this past weekend (Sept. 29-30) at the Mad Dog MTB hosted by Union College in their last competition prior to Collegiate MTB Nationals.

The team posted four victories as well as 12 other podium results competing in cross-country and dual slalom events on Saturday (Sept. 29) and short track and downhill events on Sunday (Sept. 30).

Men on Day One - The men took five of the top 10 spots in the A cross-country race, with Nicholas Sdrenka and Jack Perry finishing back-to-back in third and fourth. Andrew Sparks and Brendan Bengtson would finish consecutively in sixth and seventh, while David Kahn would take ninth. Silas Moorefield would finish 24th, and Drew Blackstone would finish 26th. Three Bobcats would finish in the top five of the B cross-country race led by a victory from James Kreuzburg and a second-place finish from Joseph Penley. Zachary Ross would round out the Bobcat finishers in fifth place. Jacob Tarbay was the lone Bobcat to compete in the men's C race, finishing second. Two men finished in the top 10 in the A dual slalom, with David Kahn taking third and Jake Kahn finishing sixth. Michael Fuerst would finish 11th, while Anthony Khare took 18th. Perry would finish 21st, while Clancy Loorham would take 24th and Cole Kraft would take 28th. Blackstone finished third as the lone competitor for LMC in the B dual slalom, while Charles Foster and Bengtson would finish in second and third respectively in the C dual slalom event.

Women on Day One - The women notched three top 10 finishes in the A cross-country event, led by a fifth-place finish from Svetlana Mack. Erin Sferrazza would finish seventh, while Kiley Krasley would take 10th and Marla Cline would finish on her heels in 11th. Dagny Palmer would take 15th to round out the LMC competitors. Mack would be the lone representative of LMC in the A dual slalom, finishing seventh. Cline would take third in the B/C dual slalom event, while Sferrazza would finish seventh.

Men on Day Two - The men would place two riders in the top five of the A short track event, with Nolan VanderZwaag taking third and Sdrenka finishing fifth. Perry would cross the line in 12th, while Bengtson and Blackstone would finish 16th and 17th respectively. David Kahn would round out the LMC finishers in 20th. The men also captured three top five spots in the B short track event led by another win from Kreuzburg. Ross would finish third while Penley would cross the line in fifth. Tarbay would finish second as the lone Bobcat in the C short track event. The Bobcats would capture four consecutive top 10 finishes in the A downhill event, with David Kahn, Jake Kahn, Fuerst and Khare finishing third through sixth respectively. Loorham and Kraft would finish back-to-back in 21st and 22nd, while Perry would finish 27th as the final LMC competitor in the race. Foster would win the C downhill event as the lone Bobcat competing in the race.

Women on Day Two - The women placed three in the top 10 in the A short track event, with Sferrazza finishing fourth, Krasley finishing seventh and Mack taking ninth. Palmer would cross the line in 12th, followed by Cline in 14th. Mack would capture a second-place finish in the A downhill event, while Cline would win the B/C downhill event.

Up Next - LMC will travel to Missoula, Mont. for Collegiate MTB Nationals in two weeks (Oct. 19-21).

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