Photos courtesy of Tim Hall
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Lees-McRae College cycling team put together a strong performance at the Tiger Town Omnium road racing event over the weekend (Mar. 23-24).
The team participated in road races on Saturday morning (Mar. 23), before taking part in a team time trial race as well that afternoon, and a criterium event on Sunday (Mar. 24).
Men on Day One - Liam Flanagan paced the men in the A race with an eighth-place finish, while Nolan VanderZwaag finished 14th. Liam and Nolan were part of a main chasing group behind two leaders who were off the front for all of the race. Will Hardin took 23rd, while Brendan Bengtson finished in 26th. Joseph Penley took sixth in the B race, while Zachary Ross finished 12th. Kent Ayers would round out the B race with a 16th-place finish. Nicholas Sdrenka and James Kreuzburg highlighted the D race with Sdrenka winning the event solo off the front and Kreuzburg finishing closely behind in second.
"Nick and James were patient, and timed their final attack perfectly up the climb just before the finish line," said Head Coach Tim Hall.
The quartet of Ayers, VanderZwaag, Flanagan and Daniel Jeske would finish fourth in the afternoon team time trial in 11:48, just one second out of third place, and 34 seconds off the pace of winners SCAD-Atlanta.
Women on Day One - Ashlyn Woods led the women in the A race with a fourth-place finish from a 6-woman breakaway, while Svetlana Mack also finished 16th in the A event. Dagny Palmer posted a win in the combined B/C race, while Marla Cline finished second overall, winning the C category race within the combined field.
"It was exciting to see Dagny and Marla attack the final climb together," said Hall. "Only one other rider could match their effort, but they were able to hold on for first and second."
Cline, Mack, Palmer and Woods finished third in the team time trial with a time of 14:48.
Men on Day Two - Flanagan also finished eighth in the A criterium event, with VanderZwaag right behind him in ninth. Jake Jones finished 15th, while Bengtson finished 25th. Jeske finished 27th, while Hardin finished 31st. Ross would take sixth in the B criterium event, while Penley would cross the line in eighth. Sdrenka would post his second win of the weekend in the D criterium event, while Kreuzburg would finish fifth.
"Nick timed his attacks perfectly this weekend, and executed well on the final lap in the criterium," said Hall. "He proved to be the strongest D rider this weekend."
Women on Day Two - Woods finished fifth in the A criterium event, while Mack finished 16th. Sferrazza would also finish 19th in the A criterium. Palmer would finish second in the B criterium, before Cline would post her second victory of the weekend at the C level by winning the criterium event.
"Watching lower category riders succeed is exciting for us because Dagny and Marla will eventually become solid contributors to our A squad," said Hall. "Their hard work has definitely paid off."
Up Next - The Bobcats are back in action this coming weekend (Mar. 30-31) at King University's road racing event.