SIX MILE, S.C. – The King College Cycling team hit the road to participate in the Clemson Spring Classic on April 14-15 on the roads of Six Mile, S.C. Blake Adams earned yet another win in the men's criterium race while Stephanie Cucaz posted a win and a second top-5 finish over the weekend to highlight Tornado top performers.
Blake Adams (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.) earned his sixth win of the season, third in the criterium, as he rode to a first place finish in the men's 'C' crit on Sunday. The Tornado placed three inside of the top-10 in the same race. Reid Yoder (Hoagland, Ind.) and Brad Hughes (Gray, Tenn.) rode together as a pack and ended the race two spots apart. Yoder finished seventh as Hughes rode to a ninth place finish.
On day one of the team's stay, Stephanie Cucaz (Lawrenceville, Ga.) earned her first of two top-5 finishes in the women's 'A' road race, sprinting to a third place overall finish. The men's 'A' race featured one top-10 finisher as T.J. Killelea (Redbank, Tenn.) placed seventh overall.
A crash caused a stir up in the final results of the women's 'A' criterium, but Cucaz prevailed with a first place finish to take home the win. The women's 'B' criterium featured two top-10 finishers as Caroline Gentry (Bristol, Tenn.) and Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) finished third and sixth overall, respectively.
Casey Stallard (Bristol, Va.) also placed well in the Criterium on Sunday finishing fifth in the men's 'B' race. He has proved himself as one of King's more consistent riders over the course of the season, regularly riding at the front of the pack both in the road races and criteriums.
The Tornado will prepare for their trip to the SECCC Championships on April 21, hosted by Brevard College. Through the UGA meet, King sits atop the leaderboard in conference points (445) ahead of Mars Hill (359), Cumberland (302), and Dalton State (175).
The team has qualified for national competition where the championships will be held May 4-6 in Ogden, Utah. The Tornado will join nearly 500 student-athletes from across the country for one of 18 Collegiate Road titles. Click here for more information on the USA Cycling National Championships.