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Fort Lewis, School of Mines take 2007 collegiate nationals

Thanks to impressive finishes by its downhillers, Fort Lewis College defended its Division I collegiate mountain-bike national title during the 2007 USA Cycling collegiate national championships in Banner Elk, North Carolina. The Skyhawks defeated Lees-McRae College, host of the championships, 730 to 635. Taking the Division II title was the Colorado School of Mines, which edged Warren Wilson College, 636-626. Fort Lewis took the lead in the team omnium competition after Benjamin Sonntag grabbed the win in the cross-country on Friday. But Lees-McRae answered the challenge on Saturday with

Thanks to impressive finishes by its downhillers, Fort Lewis College defended its Division I collegiate mountain-bike national title during the 2007 USA Cycling collegiate national championships in Banner Elk, North Carolina.

The Skyhawks defeated Lees-McRae College, host of the championships, 730 to 635.

Taking the Division II title was the Colorado School of Mines, which edged Warren Wilson College, 636-626.

Fort Lewis took the lead in the team omnium competition after Benjamin Sonntag grabbed the win in the cross-country on Friday. But Lees-McRae answered the challenge on Saturday with a win in the short track by Mike Anderson, who held off the Fort Lewis trio of Sonntag, Rick Wetherald and Adam Snyder for the win. Lees-McRae added to its lead after Carla Swart finished third in the women’s short track behind winner Eszter Horanyi of the University of Colorado, whose impressive ride relegated reigning U23 national champ Chloe Forsman (University of Arizona) to second place.

But Fort Lewis proved the depth of its cycling program in the downhill, which was held on a foggy Saturday morning at nearby Sugar Mountain Resort. The brother-sister duo of Sage and Cody Wilderman grabbed wins in the men and women’s downhill, respectively. Fort Lewis riders Sarah Elworthy and Alisha Gibson also placed in the top five of the women’s race. The absence of any Lees-McRae riders in the top five for downhill or dual slalom secured the Skyhawks’ national title.

The Colorado School of Mines in Golden also used the consistency of its gravity riders to take home the win. CSM did not bring home a single individual victory — however, it placed at least one rider on the podium for each gravity race.

Sonntag, the reigning junior world champion in winter triathlon (run, bike and Nordic ski), took home the men’s individual omnium, thanks to his cross-country win and second-place finish in short track. Forsman, who also races for the Luna women’s pro team, didn’t sweep the cross-country events, but nevertheless took the women’s DI omnium crown.

Winning the Division II men’s crown was Colorado College’s Collin Cares, who won both the cross-country and short-track races. Cares, a native of Boulder, Colorado, rides with the national U23 cross-country team during the summer months. Warren Wilson College’s Kylie Krauss took home the Division II women’s title after winning the cross country and finishing third in the short track.

Complete results

Results

USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships

Lees-McRae College

Banner Elk, NC

October 25-27

Division I

Team omnium

1. Fort Lewis College, 730 points

2. Lees McRae College, 635

3. University of Colorado-Boulder, 621

4. Lindsey Wilson College, 527

5. University of Vermont, 470

Men

Individual omnium

1. Benjamin Sonntag (Fort Lewis College), 330 points

2. Rick Wetherald (Fort Lewis College) 302

3. Adam Snyder (Fort Lewis College) 294

4. Aaron Bradford (Lees-McRae College) 287

5. Tim Allen (Northern Arizona University) 286

Short track

1. Mike Anderson (Lees-McRae College)

2. Benjamin Sonntag (Fort Lewis College)

3. Tim Allen (Northern Arizona University)

4. Rick Wetherald (Fort Lewis College)

5. Adam Snyder (Fort Lewis College)

Downhill

1. Cody Wilderman (Fort Lewis College)

2. Chris Shewmake (University of Colorado-Boulder)

3. Eli Krahenbuhl (University of Wyoming)

4. James Patterson (University of Vermont)

5. Charles Mooney (Lindsey Wilson College)

Dual slalom

1. Cody Stagner (Lindsey Wilson College)

2. Erik Nelson (Northern Arizona University)

3. Weston Pope (Lindsey Wilson College)

4. Kyle Hickey (University of Vermont)

5. Chris Shewmake (University of Colorado-Boulder)

Women

Individual omnium

1. Chloe Forsman (University of Arizona), 404 points

2. Eszter Horanyi (University of Colorado-Boulder) 384

3. Danae York (University of Colorado-Boulder) 377

4. Maureen Kunz (University of California-Berkeley) 354

5. Rose Long (University of Vermont) 344

Short track

1. Eszter Horanyi (University of Colorado-Boulder)

2. Chloe Forsman (University of Arizona)

3. Carla Swart (Lees-McRae College)

4. Maureen Kunz (University of California-Berkeley)

5. Teal Stetson-Lee (Fort Lewis College)

Downhill

1. Sage Wilderman (Fort Lewis College)

2. Sarah Elworthy (Fort Lewis College)

3. Karin Hanzi (Cal Poly San Luis Obispo)

4. Alisha Gibson (Fort Lewis College)

5. Neven Steinmetz (University of Colorado-Boulder)

Dual slalom

1. Neven Steinmetz (University of Colorado-Boulder)

2. Sarah Elsworthy (Fort Lewis College)

3. Danae York (University of Colorado-Boulder)

4. Ashley Grubb (Fort Lewis College)

5. Samantha Hadley (Lindsey Wilson College)

Division II

Team omnium

1. Colorado School of Mines, 636 points

2. Warren Wilson College, 626

3. Mesa State College, 535

4. Union College, 515

5. Western State College, 477

Men

Individual omnium

1. Colin Cares (Colorado College), 340 points

2. Patrick Hurley (Warren Wilson College) 302

3. Patrick Means (Western Washington University) 298

4. Gregy Gibson (Union College) 290

5. Robert Jameson (Appalachian State University) 278

Short track

1. Colin Cares (Colorado College)

2. Mitchell Hoke (Colorado College)

3. Kyle McGilvary (Western Washington University)

4. Greg Gibson (Union College)

5. Logan Wetzel (Western Washington University)

Downhill

1. Phil Ott (Northern Michigan University)

2. Chris Bateman (Western Washington University)

3. Brandon Turman (Colorado School of Mines)

4. Mike Howse (Mesa State University)

5. Michael Thomas (Appalachian State University)

Dual slalom

1. Geoff Fryer (East Tennessee State University)

2. Alexander Lewis (Warren Wilson College)

3. Michael Thomas (Appalachian State University)

4. Deider Barrick (Colorado School of Mines)

5. Zachary Winn (Union College)

Women

Individual omnium

1. Kylie Krauss (Warren Wilson College), 446 points

2. Kate Chapman (Western State College) 432

3. Naticia Slusher (Mesa State College) 430

4. Karen Amundson (Cumberland University) 392

5. Melissa Marts (Colorado School of Mines) 380

Short track

1. Kay Sherwood (Colorado College)

2. Melissa Marts (Colorado School of Mines)

3. Kylie Krauss (Warren Wilson College)

4. Kate Chapman (Western State College)

5. Karen Amundson (Cumberland University)

Downhill

1. Ashlee Robison (Warren Wilson College)

2. Leana Gerrard (Western Washington University)

3. Christen Boyer (Colorado School of Mines)

4. Robyn Embrey (Sierra Nevada College)

5. Jamie Bourgo (Michigan Tech Copper County)

Dual slalom

1. Leana Gerrard (Western Washington University)

2. Ashlee Robinson (Warren Wilson College)

3. Jamie Bourgo (Michigan Tech)

4. Christen Boyer (Colorado School of Mines)

5. Myra Dyer (Colorado School of Mines)