September 15, 2011

Bobcats in fifth after first day of Track Nationals

INDIANAPOLIS --- The Lees-McRae College cycling team placed second in the women's 3,000-meter pursuit to head into the second day of the 2011 Collegiate Track Nationals ranked fifth in the race for the top spot in the team omnium.

Sophomore Rachel Warner (Luray, Va.) turned in the top individual performance of the day for the Bobcats, finishing third in the women's 3,000-meter pursuit, the event which she took the gold medal in last year. Warner posted a time of 4:14.7, finishing just behind Marian University's Kaitlin Antonneau, whom she edged in the same event last fall. Cinthia Lehner (Greer, S.C.) placed 11th with a time of 4:25.2, while newcomer Jerika Hutchinson (Mount Shasta, Calif.) finished 12th with a time of 4:26.2.

Freshman Ignacio Silva (San Diego, Calif.) posted the top finish for the Bobcats in the men's 4,000-meter pursuit, placing 25th with a time of 5:17.5. Spencer Oswald (Dubuque, Iowa) finished 26th with a time of 5:17.8, while Jake Boone (Hurst, Texas) placed 35th with a time of 5:23.8 to round out the scorers for the Bobcats.

Marian posted the top team finish in both the men's and women's pursuit, amassing the maximum total of 188 points and heading into Friday's second day with a commanding 66-point lead over second-place Fort Lewis College, who totaled 122 markers on the day. University of Colorado at Boulder sits third with 117 points, followed by University of Washington at Seattle (107) and Lees-McRae (106).

Lees-McRae returns to the track on Friday, taking part in the men's 200-meter time trial, co-ed team sprint, men's individual sprint, and the women's team pursuit. Racing starts at 9 a.m. CT. For complete information and results from Indianapolis, please click here.

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