Marian University, Colorado Mesa University lead collegiate road championships
Marian University dominated the Division I criteriums on Saturday at the 2013 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships, taking the top two spots in both the men’s and women’s races.
In Division II, Michael Mulvihill (Duke University) won the men’s race while Rose Long (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai) took the women’s contest.
The races were held on an eight-corner, 1.6km course in downtown Ogden, Utah.
Several breakaways coalesced and collapsed during the 75-minute men’s race, leaving the field together with three laps remaining. Marian University came forward and 2011 crit champion Adam Leibovitz led out teammate Colton Barrett for the victory, taking second for himself ahead of Renan Maia (Fort Lewis College).
In the 60-minute women’s race, Kaitlin Antonneau helped Marian University win most of the primes, then led out Coryn Rivera for the win. Antonneau held on for second ahead of Nicole Bruderer (University of Colorado-Boulder).
“We raced really well as a team,” said Rivera. “Our plan was to get the primes and capitalize on that and watch out for counters. When it came down to the finish, we just had to stack it up and I think we did exactly that, with me coming first, Kaitie second, and Ivy [Auderain] rounding out the podium in fifth.”
With five laps remaining in the 75-minute men’s race, a five-rider breakaway attacked. The five riders — Mulvihill and teammate Robert Ferris; Matt Lyons (University of Denver); Morgan Ryan (Colorado Mesa University); and Payne Griffin (American University) — built a lead of 12 seconds on the field.
The field caught the back of the breakaway at the last turn, but the front of the break managed to hold its lead through the finish line. Ferris led out Mulvihill, who won ahead of Lyons and Morgan.
In the women’s race, Christina Birch (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), who contributed to MIT’s team time trial win on Friday, opened a 20-second lead just past the midpoint of the 60-minute contest. With six laps remaining, the riders from the University of Northern Colorado began to reel Birch in, bringing Tanelle Berard within striking distance. Berard caught Birch and the two went off the front with four to go.
The peloton quickly reeled the two leaders back, and Long — who finished third in the individual time trial Friday — won the sprint, with Erica Zaveta (Brevard College) second and MIT’s Laura Ralston third.
Marian University has opened a 115-point cushion in the Division I team omnium standings. The University of Colorado-Boulder is second with 261 points, nine points ahead of third-placed Lindenwood University.
The Division II team omnium standings show a very tight race after the second day of racing. Colorado Mesa University now leads the competition with 266 points, 5 ahead of MIT, with Mars Hill College third with 203 points.
The event concludes Sunday with four road races. The Division I women’s race begins at 8:15 a.m., followed by the Division II women’s race at 8:25 a.m. The Division I men’s race starts at 12:30 p.m. and the Division II men’s begins at 12:40 p.m.