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US Collegiate National Track Championships - NE
Trexlertown, USA, September 16-18, 2004
Day 3 - September 18: Women's Sprint, Men's Team Pursuit, Men's Points Race
Penn State University takes the overall title
By Jacob Burns
The 2004 Penn State Lehigh Valley Collegiate National Track Cycling Championships presented by Subaru ended with blue skies after Hurricane Ivan left for Boston midday. Penn State, the title sponsor of the event, handily won the overall team title and numerous individual titles in the Championships. Also on hand for the evening was a ceremony to honor the 2004 Nicole Reinhart Memorial Fund scholarship winners.
Winners of a scholarship included:
Sarah Levy - University of Colorado
In the men's sprint, it came down to two former national champions in Andy Lakatosh (Penn State University), top qualifier, and Rahsaan Bahati (Indiana University), the second seed in the event, for the championship. In a very dicey final Lakatosh jumped and held off Bahati for the final 200m. Josh Weir (Indiana University), a former junior national champion in the sprint, overcame Tom Hanley (Marian College) to take third.
The points race for the men was hard fought with Penn State missing the initial breakaway. Their riders Bobby Lea and Mike Friedman chased and caught but were then left a little tired for the opening sprints. The break then lapped the field and it was all Bobby Lea as he came back with vengeance winning points sprints time and again.
In the end Lea held off second place Dan Larson (University of Florida) and third place Stefan Rothe (Midwestern State University).
The women's points race began with an immediate break including pre-race favorites Sarah Uhl (Penn State University), Jenn Wangerin (Indiana University) and Rebecca McClintock (University of Florida). Within 15 laps the breakaway lapped the field giving them a decisive lead. The remainder of the race the trio of Uhl, Wangerin and McClintock fought for points but in the end Wangerin proved victorious. Second place honors went to Uhl with McClintock securing third in the event.
In the women's sprint Sarah Uhl, a former junior world champion in the event, shined as she qualified first then won every ride convincingly. Jenn Wangerin came in a close second with Teresa Vermillion (University of Washington) third.
Penn State dominated the team events winning the Italian pursuit and team pursuit while placing second in the women's team sprint. Indiana University upset a strong Penn State squad to take the win in the women's team sprint.
Men Points Race, 60 laps 1 Bobby Lea (Penn State University) 48 pts 2 Dan Larson (University of Florida) 36 3 Stefan Rothe (Midwestern State University) 33 Team Pursuit Final 1 Penn State University (Mike Friedman, Bobby Lea, Andy Lakatosh, Jordyn Drayton) 4:52.725 2 University Of Florida (Dan Larson, David Guttenplan, Anton Tupa, Bradley Davis) 5:01.319 3 Marian College (Doug Fagan, Jake Rytlewski, Jonathon Swain, Tom Hanley) 5:08.759 Men Individual Overall 1 Bobby Lea (Penn State University) 120 pts 2 Mike Friedman (Penn State University) 92 3 Benjamin Richter (University of Minnesota 86 Women Individual Overall 1 Sarah Uhl (Penn State University) 77 pts 2 Jenn Wangerin (Indiana University) 73 3 Anna Lang (UC-San Diego) 65 Team Overall Competition 1 Penn State University 925 pts 2 Indiana University 812 3 Marian College 697