Photos courtesy of Tim Hall
BOONE, N.C. - The Lees-McRae College cycling team finished up its road regular season this past weekend (Apr. 27-28) at the High Country Cycling Classic hosted by Appalachian State University.
Day one consisted of the road races, while day two featured the criterium events.
Men on Day One - The Bobcats took second through fourth in the A race, with Nolan VanderZwaag, Caleb Smith and Liam Flanagan crossing the line in the top five in the 66-mile event. VanderZwaag was part of three-man breakaway which initially included Flanagan, but eventually it came down to a two-up sprint against Emory University. Will Hardin took seventh in the race, while Matthew Armstrong finished ninth. Kent Ayers and Joseph Penley would finish back-to-back in third and fourth in the B race from a five-man breakaway, while Zachary Ross also finished sixth. James Kreuzburg was the lone Bobcat in the C race, finishing fifth.
Women on Day One - Ashlyn Woods led the way for the Bobcats in the A race finishing second, while Dagny Palmer also finished right behind her in third. Woods and Palmer were part of a five-woman breakaway for most of the 46-mile race as it came down to a sprint. Erin Sferrazza and Marla Cline also finished back-to-back in sixth and seventh respectively, both chasing the lead breakaway in solo fashion.
Men on Day Two - VanderZwaag and Flanagan would finish second and third respectively in the A criterium after lapping the field in a five-man breakaway. Armstrong and Smith also crossed the line in 13th and 14th from the chase group. Penley posted a second-place finish in the B criterium, with Ayers also finishing in fourth and Ross placing eighth. Kreuzburg would place fourth in the C criterium as the lone Bobcat in the event.
"Our men did a great job controlling each race and putting themselves in a position to win this weekend, and all we need to do now is finish it off one place better," said head coach Tim Hall.
Women on Day Two - Woods would post a victory in her final collegiate race in the A criterium, while Sferrazza would cross the line in fourth and Palmer would take fifth. Woods was in a two-woman breakaway that lapped field and won the sprint on the line. Cline would also take eighth in the criterium event, completing her first A weekend of the season.
"Ashlyn has been a fabulous rider for us for four years, has earned quite a few medals at nationals, and it was exciting to see her end it with a victory," said Hall. "She will be greatly missed."
Up Next - The last event for the team will be Collegiate Road Nationals, which take place from May 10-12 in Augusta, Ga.