Cycling hosts opening race of the mountain-bike season for the conference
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The Lindsey Wilson College cycling team hosted the opening race of the collegiate mountain-bike season over the weekend with its home race at Bomar Heights and Green River Lake.
As in years past, the Blue Raiders dominated the dual-slalom events with victories in both the men's A and women's A events.
For the Men, Josh Patton took the top honor, edging out teammate Brandon Hopkins in the exciting final round.
Lindsey Wilson's Chase Hines finished third, followed by Daniel Caluag, Logan Collins, and Taylor Ladd.
The Lindsey Wilson men took spots one through six and eight and nine with riders from Missouri and Ripon as the only others to crack the top 10.
For the women it was an equally impressive show of force as last year's regional champion Crystal Kalogris took the win over teammate Madison Pitts.
Third place went to Stephanie Barragan-Caluag, followed by Brittany Bates and Brooke Crum who rounded out the top five for a Blue Raider sweep.
In the men's B slalom race it was Matt Dooley taking third, while the men's C saw Reed Bagley in third, James Brown in fourth and Michael Firquin in sixth place.
The endurance events of cross country and short-track race were also dominated by the Lindsey Wilson women with Tiana Row routing the field on both days in the women's A's, while Vhasti Schmidt did the same in the women's B field.
Crum took third in the women's A field both days, while Kalogris took third place in the B cross-country race, followed by Mikayla Lyman in fourth.
Brown was consistently the top Lindsey Wilson rider in the men's endurance races with fifth-place finishes followed by Dooley, who scored an eighth in the cross country and an 11th in the short track.
The men's B short track was won by Lindsey Wilson's David Novak with teammate Jonathan Freter in third, Bagley in fifth and Nicholas Grigsby in sixth. Blake Walker rounded out the field in 11th place.
In the cross-country men's Brace it was Bagley as the top Blue Raider with a third-place finish, Novak in fourth, Grigsby in fifth and Walker in seventh place.
The men's C saw James Smith take a career-high second-place finish and Andrew Wright finished the day in third.
Lindsey Wilson returns to racing on Sept. 16-18 at Track Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind.