Photos courtesy of Tim Hall
BRSTOL, Tenn. - The Lees-McRae College cycling team posted 12 total podium finishes along with four wins at King University's criterium event last weekend (Mar. 30-31).
Men on Day One - Nolan VanderZwaag took the win in the A criterium from a two-man breakaway with Brevard that lapped field, while Liam Flanagan finished third. Will Hardin finished 11th, while Caleb Smith, Matthew Armstrong and Daniel Jeske finished 13th through 15th respectively. Jake Jones and Brendan Bengtson also finished 20th and 21st in the A event. Joseph Penley placed third in the B event, while Kent Ayers finished fifth and Zachary Ross crossed the line in 11th. Nicholas Sdrenka won the C/D event with a well-timed attack on the final lap, while James Kreuzburg attacked the final two turns right behind him in second.
Women on Day One - Ashlyn Woods, Svetlana Mack and Dagny Palmer finished fourth, sixth and seventh in the A event, while Erin Sferrazza also finished 17th. Woods was part of a four-woman break for most of the race, and lapped the field in the process. Marla Cline also posted a third-place finish in the B/C event as the lone Bobcat in the race, her first race at that level.
Men on Day Two - It was Liam Flanagan winning the A event on Sunday (Mar. 31) from another two-man breakaway with King, with VanderZwaag not far behind in third. Hardin also finished eighth in the event, while Smith finished 12th and Bengtson crossed the line in 14th. Armstrong would take 17th, while Jeske would finish 20th and Jones would cross the line in 23rd. Ayers took second in the B event, while Ross crossed the line in seventh and Penley finished ninth. Sdrenka and Kreuzburg repeated their performance from the first day, breaking away together well ahead of the field, with Sdrenka picking up the win and Kreuzburg finishing second in the C/D event.
Women on Day Two - All four ladies in the A event placed in the top 10, led by Woods in fourth for the second straight day. Mack finished in fifth as she broke away with the leader Madeline Bemis of Milligan who had lapped the field, while Palmer crossed the line in seventh and Sferrazza took 10th. Cline also finished second in the B/C event from a four-woman breakaway.
"Riders in every category stepped up and were clutch this weekend at King," said head coach Tim Hall. "We scored four victories and eight other podium spots throughout, which made this one of our most successful road weekends in a couple of years. The team raced with smart tactics and a lot of heart. We plan to carry that momentum into the conference championship this coming weekend at Milligan."
Up Next - The team is back in action this weekend (Apr. 6-7) at Milligan College (Tenn.) for the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) Championship event in the road discipline.