MISSOULA, Mont. – The King University cycling team turned in a stellar performance over the weekend at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships. The Tornado finished runner-up for the second straight year and had three med finish in the individual omnium top 10 for the first time in program history.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Matthew Owen finished sixth in the individual omnium, having competed in all four disciplines. He started with a 33rd place finish in the dual slalom and improved from there.
- Owen then finished 28th in cross country, 23rd in downhill and 20th in short track to close the weekend.
- Kyle Tiesler was eighth in the omnium, starting his weekend with a 35th place finish in the dual slalom and following that by taking 20th in cross country.
- Tiesler then capped his weekend by finishing 35th in the downhill and 33rd in short track.
- Eric Hubbs came in 10th in the individual omnium, starting his weekend with a 44th place finish in dual slalom.
- Hubbs followed with a 42nd place finish in cross country before closing the weekend with finished of 38th and 29th in the downhill and short track, respectively.
- On the women's side, Kate Dietrich finished 13th in the individual omnium. She came in 29th in dual slalom and 38th in cross country before finishing 26th in downhill and 44th in short track.
- Fausto Crapiz came in with finishes of 22nd in cross country and 35th in short track.
- Ben Lightfoot and Jameson Simms rounded out the men's squad for King. Lightfoot finished 44th in cross country and 61st in Simms took 39th in cross country and 55th in short track.
- Jennifer Caicedo had a solid weekend finishing 20th in cross country and 16th in short track.
- Alyssa Roland took 43rd in cross country and 46th short track to round out the team.
- The team relay quartet of Caicedo, Owen, Dietrich and Tiesler finished eighth to close the weekend.
FOR THE FOES
- Western State University won the national title in Division 2, just edging out the Tornado.
- King opens the cyclocross season on November 3 at Union College (Ky.)