BRISTOL, Tenn. – USA Cycling recently announced their fall 2016 academic all-stars and five Tornado garnered recognition. Both Jennifer Caicedo and Nolan Tankersley earned recognition in two disciplines.
These five riders helped King to a third place finish at the USC Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships. On the women's side, Caicedo, Emily Cox and Abby Hobbs all earned honors. Caicedo earned recognition in both mountain bike and cyclocross while carrying a GPA of 3.61 and took 36th in both the short track and cross country races at the mountain bike national championships.
Cox had a GPA of 3.68 and finished 14th in the individual omninum at the mountain bike national championships. She finished 18th in the short track, 19th in the downhill and 29th in the dual slalom. Hobbs carried a GPA of 3.75 and finished 12th in the individual omnium at the mountain bike national championships. She took 30th in the short track, 13th in downhill, 28th in cross country and 22nd in the dual slalom.
On men's side, Tanklersly garnered recognition in both mountain bike and cyclocross, carrying a 4.0 GPA. He finished 45th in the short track and 44th in cross country at mountain bike national championships while finishing 41st at the cyclocross national championships. Also on the men's side, Fausto Crapiz earned the distinction with a GPA of 3.87. He finished 64th in the short track and 53rd in cross country at the mountain bike national championships.
In order to achieve Academic All-Star status, the athlete must have attended a USA Collegiate Cycling National Championship in the specified term for that honor and have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA for the semester or term during which the national championship event falls (or the preceding term in the case of cyclocross). The names of these athletes will be published by USA Cycling in January and June of each year.