Cycling Team Wins National Championship -Brevard NC
The Brevard College cycling team won its second consecutive USA Cycling Division II Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship on Sunday after earning 835 points in the Overall Team Omnium.
Western State Colorado University was the closest competitor in the three-day event, amassing 617 points on their way to a second place finish in the Team Omnium.
Brevard College Senior Erica Zaveta paced the Tornados with the Women’s Individual Omnium Championship, gathering a total of 574 points after winning the short track race on Friday and the downhill race on Saturday. Zaveta finished third in Saturday’s cross country event.
Zaveta also helped the Tornados win the first-ever collegiate mountain bike team relay, where Brevard College put in the fastest time of the day to win the division and solidified itsnumber one ranking in the Division II team omnium. The team won the event using the foursome of Lewis Gaffney, Sarah Hill, Zachary Valdez, and Zaveta by posting a collective time of 14:47.72.
“We definitely had it in our sights ever since our first conference race and we just knew exactly what we had to do and we wanted to show everyone out there that it isn't just about DI and DII. We wanted to be the fastest out here today,” Gaffney explained of his team’s thoughts going into the race. “The order came naturally. I’ve always had a good start. Zach’s always been one of the strongest guys on the team so we knew we needed him midway through the race. Then the girls just filled in the gaps where needed and it was amazing to have them.”
Hill was another top performer for BC, earning a third place finish in the Women’s Individual Omnium after finishing third in Short Track and fourth in Cross Country.
Valdez captured an Individual National Championship in the men’s Short Track and Cross Country races.
Dylan Johnson and Gaffney followed Valdez to third and fourth place finishes in the Cross Country event, respectively.
Brevard College Senior Dan Ennis earned an Individual National Championship with a win in the Dual Slalom race and was followed by teammate Mac Banner, who finished in second place.
Ennis also finished second in Saturday’s downhill mountain Biking event, while Banner earned third.
The championship marks the school’s fourth Division II Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship in the last five years.
Additional coverage of the event will appear in Thursday’s edition.