BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. – The Lees-McRae College cycling team wrapped up competition at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships on Sunday. The Bobcats finished fourth in the team omnium, while freshman Maria Doering finished second in the women's individual omnium.
"The team is heartbroken to end up fourth overall, but everyone gave it their absolute best effort," said LMC Head Coach Tim Hall. "We earned six medals plus a national championship jersey, so we're able to hold our heads high."
The day began with the women's downhill race where Doering and Veronica Laughton had standout performances. Following her national championship in dual slalom on Saturday, Laughton finished third in the downhill on Sunday. Doering, meanwhile, also had a podium finish placing fourth. Fellow Bobcats Svetlana Mack (21st) and Marla Cline (25th) also had good showings in the downhill.
The men's downhill race followed and all six Bobcats that competed finished in the upper half of the field of 52 riders. David Kahn led the way finishing 15th followed by Jake Kahn (18th) and Max Beaupre (19th). Rounding out the finishes for the Bobcats were Sean Kelly (22nd), Michael Fuerst (24th) and Bergen Khare (26th).
Wrapping up the entire weekend in terms of events was the team relay race. Lees-McRae's team consisted of Doering, Madysen Rails, Andrew Sparks and Brendan Bengston. The quartet of Bobcats finished in seventh place.
With the seventh place finish the relay, the Bobcats closed out the weekend in fourth place in the team omnium out of 20 institutions. Colorado Mesa took the top spot followed by Fort Lewis in second, Brevard in third and then Marian to round out the top five.
Closing out the weekend was Doering receiving the silver medal in the women's individual omnium. The freshman from Germany was fifth in XC, eighth in STXC, 16th in dual slalom, fourth in the downhill.
The Bobcats will now move on to the cyclocross portion of their schedule.