Snow blankets first half of Northwestern conference race

Snow forces the cancellation of Saturday's events at Boise State, but Sunday's crit went off without a hitch

By Connor Driscoll

The Northwest Collegiate Cycling Conference’s first omnium of the season was hosted over the weekend by Boise State University. Racers awoke on Saturday morning to a high wind advisory and a blanket of snow across the racecourse, forcing the cancellation of both the road race and the team time trial. On Sunday, sunshine and mild temperatures returned allowing the high-speed, four-corner criterium to go on as planned.

Whitman College holds a dominant lead over University of Washington following the first race of the season. Western Washington University is looking to assert its dominance in the next few races of the season to overtake the defending-champion Whitman College.

The Boise State University criterium races were marred with multiple crashes in almost all categories. Racers entertained the crowd of 50+ spectators with high-speeds, technical maneuvering, and impressive field-sprint finishes.

The Men’s A race was won by Ben Chaddock (Whitman College) finishing ahead of Grant Boursaw (University of Washington) and Jake MacArthur (Washington State University).

In the Men’s B race, Brian Parker (Boise State University) took first place with the help of teammate Ben Stein who provided a terrific leadout on the final lap. Jesse Agner (University of Montana) took second and Brian Kearns (Whitman College) took third place.

The Men’s C race was won by Ryan Short (Western Washington University) who outsprinted Ryan Larson (University of Washington) in second place and Connor Driscoll (Gonzaga University) in third place.

The Men’s D race was won by Brian Moses (University of Montana) finishing ahead of Jesse Potts (Western Washington University) and Seth Phillips (University of Montana).

The Women’s A race was won by Amara Boursaw (Pacific Lutheran University) with Kendi Thomas (Whitman College) and Lindsy Campbell (University of Montana) finishing second and third respectively.

The Women’s B race was won by Lisa Doubet-Toner (University of Washington) followed closely by teammate Jesse Opp. Courtenay McFadden (Western Washington University) took third place.

The Women’s C race was won by Kamila Gwiazda (University of Washington) with Sara Levy and Aurora Bowers, both of Whitman College, finishing second and third respectively.

The Northwest Collegiate Cycling Conference’s season continues next weekend with races held in both Bellingham and Seattle.

Connor Driscoll is a sophomore at Gonzaga University