Nothstein paces Bobcats to strong performance at Track Nationals

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. --- Freshman Tyler Nothstein (Orefield, Pa.) finished fourth in the points race and ninth in the overall individual omnium to lead the Lees-McRae College cycling team to a solid performance at the USA Cycling Collegiate Track Nationals this weekend at the Colorado Springs Velodrome.

Marian University claimed the overall team omnium title, taking maximum points from all but two events en route to a total of 1200 points. Fort Lewis College was second with 843 markers, followed by Lindenwood University (768), University of Colorado – Boulder (764), and Midwestern State University (742). Lees-McRae turned in a strong 11th-place performance with 206 points despite only sending three riders to the event.

The Bobcats opened the weekend with a strong day on Friday, as both Nothstein and Cam Mancuso (Greenwood, Pa.) each earned a spot in Saturday's points race final with a pair of impressive runs in the qualifying heats. Nothstein continued his strong weekend in the Flying 200-meter time trial, finishing 14th with a mark of 11.685, as Zachary Houlik palced 31st with a mark of 12.302 seconds.

Nothstein and Houlik added to the Bobcats' point total in Saturday's sprint, placing 15th and 31st, respectively, as Nothstein finished just 16 points out of the top 10. The freshman followed with the performance of the weekend in Saturday evening's points race final, earning a spot on the podium in fourth place just 15 points behind the leader. Mancuso rode to a strong finish as well, cracking the top 20 with a total of 467.20.

The Bobcats continued their run on Sunday, as Nothstein posted his third top-15 performance with a 14th-place finish in the time trial, crossing the line with a mark of 1:09.414. Houlik delivered a strong ride of his own, placing 38th out of over 70 riders with a time of 1:11.570.

The trio took the track together for the first time in Sunday's team pursuit, putting together a strong ride of 5:09.431. The Bobcats then capped the weekend in the scratch race, as Nothstein cemented his spot among the top 10 in the omnium with a 12th-place performance after placing third in his heat. Mancuso closed out the weekend with a solid performance in the minor final, finishing 12th.

Lees-McRae returns to action on Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Seneca, S.C. to take part in Clemson University's Tiger Territory Mountain Race.

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