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Cycling - Sat, Sep. 16, 2017
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INDIANAPOLIS - For the 12th-straight time, Marian cycling is crowned USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Champions after capturing the omnium Saturday night at Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis. The Knights won by 122 points over second place Colorado Mesa.


Marian dominated the early session with the men leading the way. The men captured gold in the men's pursuit with a time of 4:33.253, which was over four seconds better than Belmont Abbey's second place time. Marian had the second-fastest first kilometer, but had the top time in the second and third kilometers.

The title set the tone for the morning as the men continued their dominance in the kilo time trial final. The Knights owned three of the top four spots, painting the podium blue and gold. Cade Bickmore won the race in 1:07.482, while Jordan Marhanka finished second in 1:07.655, right behind Bickmore. Sam Winters' time of 1:10.046 was good enough for fourth place.

In the men's scratch race qualifiers, Winters, Marhanka, Ian McShane and Hayden Strong all qualified for the final. In the final, Marhanka made it to the podium with a fifth-place finish, while McShane was in the top 10 with a ninth-place finish.

The women also turned in a quality morning as four Knights finished in the top 10 in the 500 final. Hannah McDade was the top finisher for the Knights in fifth place, while Ashley Zoerner was right behind in sixth. Madison Kelly finished seventh and Allijah Beatty was 10th. McDade, Beatty, Laurel Rathbun and Rachel Cross all qualfied for the women's scratch race final.

Rathbun was the top finisher or the Knights in the scratch race final, placing fourth, while McDade just missed the podium in sixth place. Cross and Beatty finished eighth and ninth, respectively. 

The night ended with the co-ed team spring final. Marian was the final team to ride and was whistled for a false start on the first ride. On the second attempt, the Knights crashed on the second lap and were unable to start again because the team had already started twice. However, despite not finishing, Marian was able to hang on to the omnium because of the healthy lead the team had already built.

Rathbun finished fourth in the women's individual omnium, while Beatty claimed fifth. Marian also put two men on the podium for the individual omnium with Marhanka finishing second and Bickmore fifth. Your online source for Marian Athletics, tickets, multimedia, Knight merchandise, photos and more.