STATESBORO, Ga. – King College cycling took to the tracks at Georgia Southern University over the weekend (Feb. 25-26). The Tornado featured two race winners and five additional top-5 finishes during their weekend tour.
The combination of Amanda Komestat (Williamson, Ga.) and Stephanie Cucaz (Lawrenceville, Ga.) continues to turn into a nice combination as the two work to help each other succeed. In the women's cat-A road race, freshman Stephanie Cucaz earned a victory, improving upon a third place finish in her last race at the Seminole Cycling Classic. She took the lead out from teammate Amanda Komestat and won the sprint finish going away. Komestat rounded out the top-5 in the same event, before beginning their second day of success in the criterium. Komestat and Cucaz both earned top-5 finishes in the women's 'A' crit, placing second and fourth, respectively. Komestat made a breakaway with one lap to go nearly chasing down the leader and finishing well ahead of the field.
Blake Adams continued to ride on his stretch of success, winning the first road race of his career. The freshman took first in the men's cat-C road race just two weeks after winning the men's 'C' criterium at the Seminole Classic on Feb. 11. Reid Yoder (Hoagland, Ind.) placed 10th in the 'C' road race.
Adams continued to ride well, placing third in the men's 'C' criterium on the final day of competition. Yoder finished inside the top-10 of the men's 'C' crit, as well.
King placed two riders inside the top-10 of the men's 'A' and 'B' road races. Senior Casey Stallard (Bristol, Tenn.) finished ninth in the men's 'B' while Zach Nave (Gray, Tenn.) finished sixth in the men's 'A' race.
Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) made a major improvement in her young riding career by finishing fifth overall in the women's 'B' road race. Her ride in the women's 'B' was just her second career collegiate cycling race.
Other notable rides include Brent Baker's ninth place finish in the men's 'A' criterium. After a crash that took out a portion of the riding field and most of the King team, Baker continued to ride strong for a top-10 finish and was the sole finisher for King in the race.
King will compete on March 4-5 at the University of the Cumberlands in their next set of races.