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Originally published: 2013-05-07 16:27:45
Last modified: 2013-05-07 16:27:44

Oswald's win lifts Bobcats

by Staff Reports

OGDEN, Utah -- Lees-McRae's Spencer Oswald joined a long list of national championship riders at the college this past weekend by winning the individual time trial in the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships.
Oswald's finish helped lead the Bobcat cycling team to a strong eighth-place finish at the event. Lees-McRae turned in a tremendous team effort, finishing the weekend just 50 points shy of a spot on the podium in the team omnium.
Marian University claimed the team national championship with 553 points, taking the top spot in all but the men's road race. Colorado placed second with 417 markers.
Fort Lewis College (Colo.) and Lindenwood University (Mo.) tied for third with 345 points each.
University of California Davis rounded out the Top Five with 269 points. Stanford was sixth with 243 points, followed by California (231), Lees-McRae (219), Midwestern State (Texas) (207), and Colorado State (186).
Katherine Shields led the way for the Bobcats in the women's individual omnium by placing 11th in the final standings.
Cinthia Lehner and Emily Shields each earned a spot in the final omnium rankings by finishing 16th and 19th respectively, giving the Bobcats three riders in the top 20.
The Bobcats kicked off the weekend in the team time trial by finishing ninth in the women's race with a time of 53:46.81. Lees-McRae's men's team finished 10th with a mark of 44.22.18.
Oswald followed with the individual performance of the weekend in the individual time trial. He dominated the field and claimed the national title with a time of 27:15.94, which was a full minute and 32 seconds better than the second-place rider.
Dylan Knutson turned in the top finish for the Bobcats in the men's criterium on Saturday by placing 40th, which was just six seconds behind the leaders in a densely packed field.
Brian Ellison was in prime position to finish in the top 10 before being caught by a crash late in the race.
Lehner posted the top performance in the women's criteria, finishing 12th with a time of 1:01.28. Katherine Shields placed 20th in the group just one second behind Lehner's. Emily Shields finished 44th with a time of 1:01.33.
The placed a total of four riders in among the top 25 (one male, three female) in the road race on Sunday.
Matthew Zimmer turned in the top performance on the men's side for the Bobcats by finishing in 16th-place finish with a time of 2:59:49. Jake Boone finished 38th with a time of 3:01:25.