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LWC Cycling's Beeman captures top national BMX title
Elida Beeman is top amateur cyclist at 2016 USA BMX Grand Nationals. She finishes as the top overall female rider in the country.
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By Charles Balcom
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TULSA, OK - Lindsey Wilson cycling student-athlete Elida Beeman finished as the No. 1 amateur female rider in the nation following the competition at the 2016 USA BMX Grand Nationals.
Beeman collected more points than any other rider in the season-long individual competition. She finished as the national age group (NAG) No. 1 rider in the female 17-20's, while also accumulating the most points to capture the national title, finishing as the top overall female amateur rider in the country.
Beeman won the main event in her age group at the 2016 Grand Nationals and doing so gave her enough points to take home the No. 1 Cup, edging out the second-place finisher by one point.
Throughout the BMX season, which features 29 events nationwide, Beeman took home six individual victories, including wins at the Silver Dollar Nationals, Bluegrass Nationals, Carolina Nationals, Quaker State Nationals, Dixieland Nationals and Las Vegas Nationals.
Dustin Hammond captured the NAG No. 1 in the men's 17-18's after his performance at the Grand Nationals. He was able to take home the title in one of the most competitive amateur racing fields that featured over 120 riders.
Hammond grabbed eight wins throughout the BMX season beginning with the Silver Dollar Nationals. He then collected two wins each at the Bluegrass Nationals and Winter Nationals before a victory at the Lone Star Nationals. After suffering a serious injury in May, Hammond bounced back with a win at the Derby City Nationals in September before securing his NAG No. 1 ranking and title with a victory in the main event at Grand Nationals.
In the overall men's amateur point standings, Hammond finished in third place, just 46 points behind the individual winner.
Heather Collman was the third Blue Raider to claim a NAG No. 1 this year, doing so in the female 21-27 age group. She finished in third place in the main even race at Grand Nationals.
Collman collected five wins during the BMX season, including victories at the Music City Nationals, Stars & Stripes Nationals, Midwest Nationals and a pair of wins in Missouri.
In the final female amateur points standings, Collman finished in 28th place overall.
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