BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Wednesday evening was a
special night for all in attendance in Williams Gymnasium, as the
Lees-McRae College athletic department honored senior cyclist Kerry
Werner (Birdsboro, Pa.) for his national championship performance
at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Collegiate National Championships on
January 13 in Madison, Wis.
Werner was joined between the Bobcats’ men’s and
women’s basketball contests against King College by
Lees-McRae President Barry M. Buxton, Director of Athletics Craig
McPhail, and Director of Cycling Doug Owen for a special ceremony
to honor his accomplishments. During the ceremony, Werner was
presented with his national championship jersey, as well as his
Werner successfully defended his national championship effort
from a year ago at cyclo-cross nationals on January 13, crossing
the line ahead of the field to lead the Bobcats to a strong
The senior’s break-neck pace put him into the lead early
on, as Werner jumped to the head of the back on the second lap and
did not falter, leading through the finish line to repeat as the
division I collegiate national champion.
Werner’s effort proved to be the rule rather than the
exception for the Bobcats on Sunday, with four riders finishing in
the top 16 to cement a strong third-place performance for
Lees-McRae in the team omnium.
For more photos from Wednesday's ceremony, please visit the
photo gallery below.