San Diego, CA--Ten riders for the Bobcats competed in the Collegiate Track Nationals in San Diego, California this past weekend with hopes of once again finishing on the podium. After three days of competition in one of the strongest fields in recent years the Bobcats found themselves standing on the podium in fifth place overall. Senior Kacey Manderfield (Davisburg, MI) led the way for Lees-McRae capturing the national title in the Women's Points Race.
The Bobcat team, with a mixture of seniors to freshmen, competed with well over a hundred of the country's top riders in eleven different events over the course of the long weekend. The cyclists rode to the podium seven times in the three-day event.
On Friday the Women's 2000M and 500M time trials and the Men's 3000M and 1000M time trials were held. LMC's best performance for the night was turned in by Kacey Manderfield who snagged a fifth place finish in the 500M. The top finisher for the men was senior Preston Anderson who hung in for 19th in the 3000M.
In a dominating performance Saturday night, Kacey Manderfield beat out Midwestern State's Natalie Klemko to earn the national title in the Women's Point Race. Earlier in the day the Italian Pursuit team of sophomore Chloe Jackson, Kacey Manderfield, senior Kevin Holldber, sophomore Scott Jackson, junior Wentworth Knipe and freshman Luke Cavender rode extremely well for a fifth place finish. In the Women's Team Sprint Kacey Manderfield, Chloe Jackson and junior Kristi Henne raced hard to a second place finish behind a trio from UC-San Diego. Luke Cavender pedaled to a 14th place finish in the Men's 200M.
Three Bobcats placed in the top six in Sunday's Women's 200M race: Chloe Jackson (2nd), Kacey Manderfield (3rd) and sophomore Carla Swart (6th). In the Men's Team Pursuit Kevin Holldber, Went Knipes, Scott Jackson and Preston Anderson rode to a sixth place finish while Cavender and Knipe raced to 14th and 19th positions respectively in the Men's Points Race.
The team finished fifth overall for their second straight podium finish at Track Nationals to start their quest for a top five finish in all four National Championships in the 2007-2008 school year.
The Bobcats travel to Tallahassee, Florida September22-23 to compete in the Florida State Mountain Bike Race.
PICTURED: Kacey Manderfield receives the national title in Women's Points