By Eric Gullickson , VeloNews correspondent
As if the 15 percent grade of Cliff Street wasn’t enough for the collegiate competitors on day one of the 2002 National Collegiate Cycling Association Road Nationals in Burlington, Vermont on Friday, there was also the 40 mph wind gusts off Lake Champlain to worry about. Under these conditions, Jeff Angerman (University of California at Davis) and Kate Maher (University of California at Berkley) took home the Division I stars-and-stripes jerseys in the Summit Street Criterium, the first of three stages scheduled for the weekend.
In the men’s race, Angerman had his hands full when he found that his two breakaway partners were his conference rivals, the brother duo of Ben (University of California at Santa Cruz) and Andy (University of California at Berkeley) Jacques-Maynes.
“They have been putting the thumb-screws to everybody this season,” said Angerman. “They have been dominant.”
Not dominant enough on this day, however. After Angerman and the Jacques-Maynes brothers lapped the field, Angerman took the field to the line, winning the field sprint to claim the 2002 national title.
The Division I women’s race was a breakaway affair as well. Maher and defending criterium champion Carolyn Donnelly (University of New Mexico) took advantage of a points prime early in the race and kept the pressure on to stay ahead of the pack. Maher was the strongest the last time up Cliff Street and came across the line 13 seconds ahead of Donnelly to take the stars-and-stripes jersey.
The Division II men and women had competitive races as well, with Amanda Lawrence (Yale University) taking the women’s title and Andrew Ingles (John Hopkins University) taking the men’s 2002 Division II national criterium title.
The 2002 NCCA Road Nationals continues Saturday, with the 65-mile Mad River Road Race and finishes on Sunday, May 12, with the 19-mile team time trial.
2002 NATIONAL COLLEGIATE CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS, May 10-12. Burlington, VT.;;
Men’s Division I;;
1. Jeff Angerman (University of California/Davis); 2. Ben Jacques-Maynes (University of California/Santa Cruz); 3. Andy Jacques-Maynes (University of California/Berkeley); 4. Ian Dille (University of Texas); 5. Jacob Loverich (Penn State); 6. Matthew Sadaucka (University of California/San Diego); 7. Kevin Livingston (Fort Lewis College); 8. Steven Wheeler (University of Texas); 9. Kirt Fitzpatrick (University of New Hampshire); 10. Nathan Dills (University of Colorado);;
Men’s Division II;;
1. Andrew Ingles (John Hopkins University) 2. Mark Legg (University of Montana); 3. Kyle Wamsley (Millersville University); 4. Todd Yezefski (Dartmouth College); 5. Kris Hedges (John Hopkins University); 6. Tyler Wren (Princeton); 7. Matthew Merrill (Colorado College); 8. Robert King (Colorado College); 9. Dameon Shanks (University of Oregon); 10. Matthew Cooke (American University);;
Women’s Division I;;
1.Kate Maher (University of California/Berkeley); 2. Carolyn Donnelly (University of New Mexico); 3. Julia Oh (Harvard University); 4. Lori Palmer (University of Florida); 5. Meghan Morse (Boston University); 6. Jennifer Wangerin (Indiana University); 7. Ivana Bisaro (Midwestern State University); 8. Emily Kachorek (University of California/Davis); 9. Katherine King (University of Colorado); 10. Anya Hinkle (University of California/Berkeley);;
Women’s Division II;;
1. Amanda Lawrence (Yale University); 2. Lauren Gaffney (Vanderbilt University); 3. Marissa Kellogg (Yale University);; 4. Kathleen Jones (University of Montana); 5. Heather Edwards (St. Louis University); 6. Amy Wallace (Dartmouth College); 7. Cloe Shelton (Dartmouth College); 8. Mary Rudy (U.S. Air Force Academy); 9.Katherine Sherwin (Northwestern University); 10. Emma Tucker (U.S. Air Force Academy);;