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LWC Cycling finishes 6th at Mountain Bike Nat'l Championships

By Charlie Balcom

Missoula, MT - The Lindsey Wilson cycling team turned in a sixth-place finish in the final team omnium standings at the USA Cycling 2017 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships on Sunday at Marshall Mountain.

The Blue Raiders totaled 354 total team points across the nine different races. Lindsey Wilson scored the highest in the women's dual slalom race, collecting 83 team points which was the second most by a school in the event, followed closely by the men's dual slalom with 73 points. The Blue Raiders also scored 56 in the men's downhill, 49 in the women's downhill, 21 in the team relay, 19 in both the men and women's short track cross country and 17 in both the men and women's cross country events.

In the individual omnium standings, Adrian Sanders finished 12th with 132 points after competing in three events and Sabrina Bice placed 13th with 114 points after her four events.

Wyatt Myers represented LWC in the men's individual omnium standings, placing 11th with 44 points collected across three races.

Friday began with the cross country races as Myers took 46th place and Phillip Christmas placed 53rd out of 64 riders on the men's side, and Bice placed 41st in the women's race.

In Saturday's dual slalom racing, Lindsey Wilson placed six riders in the top 10, three each for the men and women. Dustin Hammond recorded the top Blue Raider finisher with a fourth place. Jake Smith followed with a ninth-place finish and JD Swanguen took 10th. Corey Ross added a 15th place while Anthony Lucchesi placed 25th and Myers took 34th. On the women's side, Heather Collman was the top LWC rider with a fourth-place finish. Sanders took seventh and Brianna Delamare took ninth place. Elida Beeman finished just outside the top 10 in 12th place, while Bice took 17th and Noelle Vidak placed 33rd.

Swanguen produced another top-10 finish on Saturday after he took seventh in the men's downhill. Smith collected a 14th-place finish while Ross took 19th and Myers placed 36th. In the women's downhill event, Bice and Sanders finished 19th and 20th, respectively, while Delamare took 25th, Beeman placed 29th and Vidak took 37th place.

During Sunday's short track cross country race, Bice and Sanders were once again in action with Bice finishing 41st and Sanders placing 46th. For the men, Myers completed the race in 39th place; Christmas finished 55th and Chaz Crays took 64th place.

The men's team also competed in the team relay race, finishing in 15th place.

Fort Lewis (Colo.) took home the Varsity Division I Team Championship with 763 total points. Colorado Mesa was second at 681 points and Marian (Ind.) was third at 599 points.

This story was posted on 2017-10-24 12:36:26
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