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Cycling - Fri, Sep. 15, 2017
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INDIANAPOLIS - Day two of USA Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals was just as good as day one for the Marian Univetsity Cycling team as the Knights racked up the medal count heading into the final day of competition at Major Taylor Velodrome. Jordan Marhanka's gold medal in men's pursuit started the day off on the right foot and the Knights continued the momentum throughout Friday's two sessions, leading the omnium by a narrow margin after the first two days.

Marhanka was outstanding in the first event of the day. Riding in the 28th heat of the day, only one rider went after Marhanka. The Sellersburg, Indiana, native finished in 4:46.716, which was three seconds better than second place. Marhanka recorded the fastest time in the third kilometer on his way to the win. Cade Bickmore and Sam Winters placed ninth and 10th, respectively. 

In the nine-lap women's pursuit final, Laurel Rathbun and Allijah Beatty made their way to the podium as Rathbun finished second and Beatty claimed fourth. Rathbun finished in 4:06.971, while Beatty crossed the line in 4:08.565.

Peter Bock advanced to the men's sprint 1/2 final, beating his teammate Marhanka, but Bock was edged out for the title by the smallest of margins in the best-of-three final. After winning the first race, he fell in the final two, losing the winner-take-all third race by approximately six inches. In the women's sprint race, Hannah McDade finished fourth.  

Beatty and Rathbun found themselves on the podium again later in the night, as Beatty finished second and Rathbun third in the women's points race. Beatty had 23 points, while Rathbun tallied 17. Rachel Cross narrowly missed the podium in sixth place and Marta Morris finished 10th. Ian McShane was the top man for the Knights in the men's points race with a fifth place finish. No other Knight made it into the top 10, but Hugo Scala placed 12th. 

The Knights on BIkes will try to close out nationals with a win Saturday. The morning session begins at 9 a.m. (men's team pursuit, individual time trials, and scratch race qualifying) and the evening session (scratch race finals and co-ed team sprint) begins at 5 p.m. All events take place at Major Taylor Velodrome and the evening session will be streamed live here.

FULL EVENT RESULTS: https://www.usacycling.org/results/index.php?permit=2017-13

USA CYCLING RACE REPORT: https://www.usacycling.org/day-two-of-collegiate-track-nationals-produces-six-more-national-titles.htm

VARSITY TEAM OMNIUM STANDINGS: https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACWeb/forms/natchamps/2017/2017TrackNatsVarsityOmnium.pdf

INDIVIDUAL OMNIUM STANDINGS: https://www.usacycling.org/events/2017/omnitrresultsIN2017.php

 

Hear from @MarianCycling's Jordan Marhanka and coach Peterson after Jordan won the Individual Pursuit National Championship earlier today! pic.twitter.com/vIhwsCNSf5

— Marian Knights (@MUKnights) September 15, 2017
 

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