LMC cyclists prepare for championships
by Staff Reports
The Lees-McRae cycling teams impressed at two separate events over the last two weeks in preparation for the Collegiate Road National Championship, which will take place May 2-4 in Richmond, Va.
In Elizabethton, Tenn., coach Tim Hall's squads participated at Milligan College on April 5-6. Christopher Meacham claimed second in the Men A Criterium and in the Road Race, while teammate Cameron Mancuso finished 10th in the Criterium and sixth in the Road Race.
Freshman Samuel Dobrozsi earned a 15th place finish in the Road Race.
On the women's side, Page Bisenieks-Robertson and Kaitlyn Lawrence finished third and fifth, respectively, in the Women A Criterium.
Fellow Bobcats Emily Shields, Hailey Sarausky and Erin Donohue also earned Top-20 finishes.
Robertson impressed in the Road Race as well when she finished eighth, while Shields (13th) and Donohue (14th) finished in the top-15.
Hall's teams travelled to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the SECCC Championship hosted by the University of Central Florida April 12-13.
"Performing our best at nationals in Richmond is our main goal, and each week we have continued to build upon our success. It has been a tough battle every weekend in the SECCC. The depth of competition is at an all-time high, and every top result is due to the sacrifice made by everyone," Hall said. "Our teamwork improvements are what excite me the most, and if we can continue that momentum we should expect good things in Richmond."
In the Division I Team Omnium, LMC finished second overall while the Florida Gators claimed first and the Georgia Bulldogs took third.
Lees-McRae's Meacham continued his torrid run with a fifth-place finish in the Men A Criterium and Mancuso notched an eighth-place finish as both distanced itself from a pack sprint.
Bobcat sophomore Eli Wemyss claimed second in the Men B Criterium while junior Christopher Esposito registered a fourth-place finish. Esposito also notched a fifth-place finish in the Men B Road Race.
In the Women A Criterium, Katherine Shields claimed third, beating Robertson, who was sixth.
The Bobcat Men A TTT teams placed first (13:50.7) and second (14:19.7) before the women's team grabbed the title in the A category.
"This was a great weekend for us from a team perspective. Both men and women performed their best all year in the TTT to come away with victories, which indicates their teamwork and strength have improved greatly leading up to nationals in Richmond," Hall said.
"Both teams rode exceptionally well as a group in the criterium as well. Our leadouts for our key riders in the sprint wasn't perfect, but it was much improved over the past few weekends. The key for us to be making progress, and I believe we have made significant strides in the past month."