BOONE, N.C. – For the first time in four years, the King University Cycling team is conference champions in mountain bike. The Tornado completed their first Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference (ACCC) title at the final race of the season at Appalachian State University over the weekend.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tornado accumulated the most points of the ACCC mountain bike season to win the team omnium.
- King had five women take conference omnium titles and two men win championships while 15 individuals earned season podium finishes.
- King took the top two spots in the women's category A endurance omnium, which includes cross country and short track.
- Kiley Krasley was the champion while Kate Dietrich finished runner-up.
- Kylie Garnder won category B and Chloe Harmon was the champion in Category C.
- In the gravity omnium, which includes downhill and dual slalom, Dietrich won category A with Gardner finishing third.
- Krasley started in category C but upgraded to win category B.
- Harmon finished first in category C.
- Matthew Owen finished runner-up in both category A endurance and gravity. He tied in points in both for the championship with Hayden Miller of Appalachian State, but Miller took the top spot on tiebreakers.
- Kyle Tiesler finished third in category A in gravity and took sixth in endurance.
- In category A endurance, Dawson Sanders finished fifth while Jameson Simms came in eighth and Ben Lightfoot finished ninth.
- Dominic Giannantonio finished 13th in the category A endurance omnium after upgrading from category B
- In the gravity omnium, the Tornado swept the category B podium with Lightfoot taking the title.
- Sanders finished runner-up and Giannantonio took third.
- Simms won the category C gravity omnium conference title.
- Nine Tornado will compete Friday-Sunday in Big Bear Lake, Calif., at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships.