Tornado place eighth at College Nationals

OGDEN, Utah – The King University cycling team wrapped up their season at the Collegiate Road Nationals over the weekend. The Tornado came in with an eighth place finish of 45 Division II teams.

The event started on Friday with the time trial where the King women placed third, finishing two minutes quicker than conference rival Mars Hill College. The men didn't fare as well as they had some mechanical issues, and came in 10th after the first event of the omnium.

In the criterium on Saturday, Julian Cabra narrowly missed out on a top-10 finish as he came in 11th place. Teammate Alex Jensen wasn't far behind, placing 17th. On the women's side, Kate Ross just missed a top-10 finish as she placed 13th by fractions of a second. Stephanie Cucaz was primed for a sprint to the finish on the final lap, but got caught up in a serious crash which essentially ended her weekend.

The omnium was completed with the road race on Sunday where Ross came in with a 19th place finish. On the men's side, Jensen was King's top finisher in the road race, placing 36th.

In the individual omnium, Ross finished 19th and Megan Rogers placed 27th on the women's side while Jensen finished 20th on the men's side.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology won the championship with Colorado Mesa University finishing second. Brevard College and Mars Hill placed third and fourth, respectively.