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BU wins ECCC omnium after Stevens race

The second week of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference season continued at the Stevens Duck Country circuit race Sunday, hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology. By the end of the day, Boston University had won the overall team omnium for the weekend, with MIT in second place and the University of Pennsylvania close behind in third.

By Sean Whiteman

The second week of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference season continued at the Stevens Duck Country circuit race Sunday, hosted by Stevens Institute of Technology. By the end of the day, Boston University had won the overall team omnium for the weekend, with MIT in second place and the University of Pennsylvania close behind in third.

After suffering through the previous day’s brutal Nor’easter conditions at the Grant’s Tomb crit, the morning’s occasional light rain showers seemed inconsequential. And riders that did venture out for the day were treated to a smooth, sinewy course winding 1.8 miles through Franklin Delano Roosevelt park, about 50 miles north of Manhattan.

The Men’s A race was a contest of non-stop attacks from the gun. For 50 short minutes, each attempt to get clear was pursued by a surge of chasers, and no move was allowed to gain any significant advantage. A charging final lap set up the field sprint, and in the race to the line Sean Whiteman (University of Pennsylvania) narrowly edged Nathan Kupperstock (Boston University) for the win, with Ryan O’Hara (University of Connecticut) rounding out the podium. Whiteman said afterward, “My teammate Ross Marklein deserves a lot of credit for pulling me right up to the lead group on the back stretch of that last lap. It was a strong move at the end of a hard race.”

In the Women’s A/B race, a high pace right from the start quickly split the field, and the selection of eight that rolled off the front would stay away until the finish. The lead group cooperated to build their gap on a tired-looking field. But in the final laps the attacks started to come, and when the dust settled Anna McLoon (Harvard) finally crossed the line ahead of Martha Buckley (MIT) and Elle Anderson (Dartmouth College).

The Men’s B race saw its share of action, but the fast course kept everyone together, and it came down to a long sprint won by Michael Desmarais (University of Vermont) against Benjamin Grass (Dartmouth College) and Joseph Bylund (Columbia University).

The Men’s C field was in no mood for attacks, and chased down any aggressors. In the last hundred meters, Charles Salzer (Franklin and Marshall College) sped to victory ahead of James Thornton (U.S. Military Academy) and Sam Hickey (MIT).

The Women’s C race was also destined for a field sprint, and Anna Eisenstein (Boston University) got the win ahead of Molly Hurford (Rutgers) and KimberlyAnn Zubris (Boston University).

And from a big Men’s D field of no less than 60 starters, Dan Ipp (Rochester Institute of Technology) beat out Scott Igo (University of Vermont) and Ben Hemani (Dartmouth College).

Sean Whiteman is a student at the University of Pennsylvania and one fast dude.