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Cycling - Thu, Sep. 14, 2017
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INDIANAPOLIS - The Marian cycling team opened 2017 USA Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals with a bang Thursday at Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis. The women's team pursuit team's gold medal highlighted the results on opening day, while several other Knights performed well in qualifying heats and early rounds for the sprint tournament.

Marian's quartet of Allijah BeattyLaurel RathbunMarta Morris and Madison Kelly took home gold in the women's team pursuit with a time of 5:16.075. The Knights were the best from start to finish, holding the leading time throughout all three kilometers, or twelve laps against the clock on thei home track. Marian's first kilometer was completed in 1:19.857, while the second was done in 2:35.684 and the final was complete in 3:54.841. The final time of 5:16 was nine seconds ahead of second place Colorado Mesa. Milligan finished third, while Fort Lewis took fourth.

In the women's sprints qualification, the 200-meter time trial, the Knights placed three inside the top 10 and five women total qualified. Hannah McDade placed fourth, Ashley Zoerner took eighth and Rathbun finished 10th. Birgit Morris and Gabriella Arnold also qualified in 11th and 13th place, respectively. The men looked strong in qualifying, placing five in the top 10. Jordan Marhanka recorded the top time overall, while Peter BockCade Bickmore and Daniel Nesbitt finished four, five and six, respectively. Hayden Strong's time was good enough for eight place.

The same five men won their heat in the men's sprint 1/16th final and in the women's McDade and Zoerner picked up wins. Rathbun and Birgit Morris moved into the 1/16th repechage and each won their heat to move to the 1/8th final. McDade and Zoerner were the lone Knights to move out of the 1/8th final and the men stayed strong, sending four onto the 1/4th final. The only Knight to lose in the round was Bickmore and he was defeated by his teammate Strong. However, Bickmore rebounded in the 1/8th repechage to move on to the 1/4th final.

In the women's 1/4th finals, McDade and Zoerner were matched up in a best-of-three scenario and McDade won the first two to move on to the 1/2 final on Friday. Marhanka and Bock moved on to the 1/2 final for the men.

Ian McShane saw his first action of the week in the men's points race qualifier in which he and Marhanka finished in the top 12 to qualify for the finals. McShane (14 points) finished seventh and Marhanka was right behind with 12 points in eighth place. Hugo Scala and Sam Winters each qualified in the second qualifying race as Scala finished 10th and Winters finished 11th.

Friday's action begins at 9 a.m. at Major Taylor Velodrome with the individual pursuits. For live results and a weekend schedule click here.


Hear from @MarianCycling's gold medal women's pursuit team after the big win earlier today!

— Marian Knights (@MUKnights) September 15, 2017

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