INDIANAPOLIS - The 11-time and three-time defending national collegiate track cycling champion Marian University cycling team has had a busy summer as numerous cyclists have been competing.
Senior Matt Jones (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Central)
, senior Sierra Siebenlist (Indianola, Iowa/Indianola)
and head coach Dean Peterson
are just three of the competitors who have had a busy summer.
Jones won five titles last Friday afternoon and evening at the American Velodrome Challenge at Major Taylor
Velodrome. He won the men's kilometer by 19 one-hundredths of one
second. He also picked up wins in the 200-meter qualifier and the
sprints tournament. His other victories were with his USA Piste Elite
teammates in the team sprint and the team pursuit. He also earned a
third-place finish in the individual pursuit and a fifth-place finish
in the points race.
Siebenlist also picked up a title in the 500-meter time trial with a
time of 41.80 seconds. She earned three runner-up finishes as well. She
placed second in the individual pursuit, 200-meter qualifier and the
sprints tournament. Her runner-up finishes in the 200-meter qualifier
and individual pursuit were good enough to give her the state title in
Additionally, head coach Dean Peterson
also competed in the individual pursuit at the Master's level. He
earned a runner-up finish in the individual pursuit, and that was good
enough for a state championship in the event. He was also a member of
the team pursuit champion alongside Matt Jones
Junior Alex Wieseler (Oconomowoc, Wis./Arrowhead)
also has been competing throughout the summer in his home state. You can read about Wieseler's exploits this summer in the Kenosha News
Sophomore Adam Leibovitz (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central)
and incoming freshman Jackie Kurth (Palm City, Fla./Martin County)
competed at the USA Cycling Junior, U23, and Elite Road National
Championships. Kurth, who competes for Team Kenda Cycling, earned the
national championship in the Junior Women 17-18 Criterium.
Leibovitz, who was competing unattached, picked up a third-place finish
in the Junior Men 17-18 Time Trial. The separation between the victor
and Leibovitz was just 11.1 seconds. He also picked up a 64th-place
finish in the Junior Men 17-18 Road Race.
Incoming freshman Tyler Karnes (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory)
also picked up a 36th-place finish in the Junior Men 17-18 Road Race.
He also finished 46th in the criterium and 14th in the individual time
The Knights look to defend their title for the fourth straight year
when they head to Trexlertown, Pa., on September 24-26 for the USA
Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships.