INDIANAPOLIS - The 12-time collegiate track cycling national champion Marian University cycling team spent the weekend scattered throughout the United States as the Knights continued their preparation for the MidWest Collegiate Cycling Conference regional championships. Not only were they scattered, but they were highly successful over the weekend.
Freshmen Jackie Kurth
, Anna Young
and Tyler Karnes
competed in the Sunny King Criterium in Anniston, Ala., on Saturday before heading to the Foothills Classic Road Race in Piedmont, Ala., on Sunday. Kurth, competing for Team Kenda, pulled out an eighth-place finish in the Sunny King Criterium, while Young, competing for MVP Health Care Cycling, was able to cross in 13th place. Karnes was able to cross the line as part of the peloton and picked up 38th place.
In Sunday's Foothills Road Race, Young picked up a third-place finish, while Kurth crossed the line in fifth place. Kurth's teammates picked up eighth and ninth-place finishes for Team Kenda. Karnes finished in the peloton and picked up a 41st-place finish.
Senior Rebecca Finley
and junior Alex Wieseler
competed at Cereland in Columbus, Ind., and were also highly successful. In a strong field of local/regional riders, Finley and Wieseler both earned victories with perfectly timed sprints to the tricky finish at Cereland.
Sophomore Adam Leibovitz
and junior Megan Somerville
competed in the road race in Mooresville, Ind., and Leibovitz was able to pick up the win, while Somerville just missed and finished second. Somerville went all the way to the line with Indie Bike's Erin Hetzle, but missed the win by half of a wheel. Leibovitz came out on top of his two-up sprint by just barely grabbing the inside line under veteran Greg Strock of Texas Roadhouse. Liebovitz, Strock and senior Matt Jones
were part of a six-rider group to lap the field. Jones finished in third, while Wieseler, fresh off his competition in Mooresville, finished in sixth place.
Seniors David Williams
, Sierra Siebenlist
and junior Anna Sklorenko
traveled to the Michigan State Road Race on Saturday. Williams found himself trailing five riders by almost a minute, but was able to bridge across to what proved to be the winning move of the race. With four miles to go, five riders remained in the break and Williams was able to pick up a third-place finish after a brutally windy day. Siebenlist and Sklorenko each finished in the top 10 in the MSU Road Race.
The ladies duo also competed at the University of Michigan Criterium on Sunday. Siebenlist picked up a fifth-place finish with Sklorenko right on her wheel in sixth place.
Sophomore Rob Bush
competed at the Tour of the Battenkill in Cambridge, N.Y., on Sunday, but could not avoid the flat tires and mechanical failures that are common for the unforgiving course. He succumbed to a flat and had a wheel change, but was unable to get back to the group.
However, his Team Kenda teammate Luca Damiani was able to pick up fourth place, while Marian University alumnus Jake Rytlewski finished in 28th place.
In recapping, the Knights competed in four states over the weekend and picked up a couple of victories in preparation for the MWCCC Regionals.
Marian University will head to West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday and Sunday for the MWCCC Regionals. The road race is scheduled for Saturday, while the Criterium will take place on Sunday.