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Banner Elk, North Carolina, USA, October 24-26, 2008

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Race 4 - October 25: Short track

Sonntag and Swart top Division 1 competition

Cowie and Harris take home Division 2 titles

Bryan Alders of the University of Colorado-Boulder leads out the Division 1 men's short track start
Photo ©: Lees-McRae College
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With many of the same players finding success in the day's short track contest, Fort Lewis and Lees-McRae College once again dominated in the men's Division 1 race. After settling for second in the 2007 short track contest Fort Lewis' Benjamin Sontag earned his second national title of 2008 with a slim victory over Lees-McRae's Brad Perley and his teammate Rotem Ishay. Perley reportedly crashed into a tree, impairing a late-race surge on his home course.

"I heard the crowd yelling when he hit, but I was glad he wasn't hurt," said Sontag. "Like all competitors I want a win, but not because a rider went down, but simply because we fought to the end."

In the women's Division 1 race, Carla Swart bettered her third-place-finish from a year ago to earn another stars-and-stripes jersey for her Lees-McRae squad. Colorado State's Amanda Miller came in second while, Eszter Horanyi (University of Colorado-Boulder) repeated her bronze medal performance from the previous day's cross country race.

In the men's Division 2 race, Brevard's Tristan Cowie grabbed his second national title of the event taking the win on the day's much shorter one-mile loop course. Union's Zach Winn once again made it an exciting contest, but settled for second over teammate Greg Gibson.

The Lees-McRae College short track course
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After finishing third in the previous day's cross country race, MIT's Katherine Harris moved up to grab the title in the women's Division 2 short track contest, defeating Rebecca Tomaszewski of nearby Appalachian State University and last year's champion Kay Sherwood of Colorado College.

"It was another epic race today," said Harris. "My legs were weary after yesterday's cross country race and at some points, you'd hit the mud and your wheels would just spin out. It helped to know that everyone was facing that. It was a great race."

After strong performances in the day's short track and downhill contests, only a pair of points separated Division 1 leaders Lees-McRae and Fort Lewis College in the team omnium competition heading into the final race of the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships. The Division II field displayed an evenly disbursed depth of talent with six schools in contention for the omnium national title before the final dual slalom competition on Sunday.

The overall national champions will be awarded on Sunday upon the conclusion of the dual slalom competition which is slated to begin at 8:00 am on the campus of Lees-McRae College.


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Images by Caitlin Trahan


Men Division 1

1 Ben Sonntag (Fort Lewis College)                              
2 Brad Perley (Lees-McRae College)                              
3 Rotem Ishai (Fort Lewis College)                              
4 Martin Kell (Pennsylvania State University)                   
5 Scott Stewart (Lees-McRae College)                            
6 Noah Singer (Fort Lewis College)                              
7 Justin Finn (Oregon State University)                            
8 Bryan A Alders (University of Colorado-Boulder)               
9 Chris Hamlin (University of Vermont)                          
10 Menso De Jong (California Polytechnic-San Luis Obispo)       
11 Jon Vivolo (Colorado State University)                       
12 Aaron Bradford (Lees-McRae College)                          
13 Eric Lau (Stanford University)                               
14 Jean-Nicolas Enjalbert (Colorado State University)           
15 Kevin Rice (Northern Arizona University)                     
16 Eric Thompson (Lees-McRae College)                           
17 Matt Rotroff (North Carolina State University)               
18 Ian Sullivan (University of Vermont)                         
19 Chad Wells (Fort Lewis College)                              
20 Jonathan Schottler (University of Missouri-Columbia)         
21 Derek Laan (Purdue University)                               
22 Blake Harlan (University of Colorado-Boulder)                
23 Clayton Omer (Lindsey Wilson College)                        
24 Randy Laprairie (Lees-McRae College)                         
25 Tyler Hawes (Clemson University)                             
26 Chris Janiszewski (University of Florida)                    
27 Chris Peterson (University of Colorado-Boulder)              
28 Eli Krahenbuhl (University of Wyoming)                       
29 Nitish Nag (University of California-Berkeley)               
30 Scott Leland (University of Nevada-Reno)                     
31 Chad Haga (Texas A&M University)                             
32 James Ceccorulli (Portland State University)                 
33 Brian Hestetune (North Carolina State University)            
34 Rob Dahl (University of California-Berkeley)                 
35 Nic Magliocco (University of Vermont)                        
36 Tom Sampson (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)            
37 Jonathan Dy (Ohio State University)                          
38 Matthew Dooley (Lindsey Wilson College)                      
39 Chris Hall (Colorado State University)                       
40 Aaron Oakes (North Carolina State University)                
41 Matt Wiebe (University of Colorado-Boulder)                  
42 Sean Berry (University of New Hampshire)                     
43 Ben Weatherly (Lindsey Wilson College)                       
44 Steven Nutt (West Virginia University)                       
45 Brendan Benson (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)            
46 Geoff Pendry (University of North Carolina)                  
47 David Reich (University of Florida)                          
48 Jacob Seigel-Boettner (University of California-Berkeley)    
49 Nevin Rallis (University of Vermont)                         
50 Ivan Temnykh (Pennsylvania State University)                 
51 James Brown (Lindsey Wilson College)                         
52 Jeff Lukach (University of New Hampshire)                    
53 William Vazquez (Purdue University)                          
54 Evan Halladay (North Carolina State University)              
55 Brian Mayer (Virginia Polytechnic University)                
56 Nicholas Reeves (North Carolina State University)            
57 Jordan Kestler (University of California-Berke)              
58 Colum Lang (University of New Hampshire)                     
59 Steven Mitchell (Texas A&M University)                       
60 James Angus Rose (University of New Hampshire)               
61 Robert Dowling (University of Florida)                       
62 Ryan Smolko (Pennsylvania State University)                  
63 Aaron Ritter (Purdue University)                             
64 Matt Kramer (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)               
65 Jake Zimmerman (Lindsey Wilson College)                      
66 Andrew Ritter (Purdue University)                            
DNS Caley Fretz (Colorado State University)                     
DNS Scott Sayare (Stanford University)   

Women Division 1

1 Carla Swart (Lees-McRae College)                              
2 Amanda Miller (Colorado State University)                     
3 Eszter Horanyi (University of Colorado-Boulder)               
4 Niki Dallaire (Lees-McRae College)                            
5 Jamie Dinkins (University of Tennessee-Chattanooga)           
6 Chloe Forsman (University of Arizona)                         
7 Teal Stetson Lee (Fort Lewis College)                         
8 Ashely James (Lindsey Wilson College)                         
9 Jo Markham (Lees-McRae College)                               
10 Ally Stacher (Lees-McRae College)                            
11 Erica Zaveta (University of Arizona)                         
12 Tina Dominic (Fort Lewis College)                            
13 Sabina Kraushaar (Fort Lewis College)                        
14 Emily Gassman (University of Vermont)                        
15 Anne Craig (Florida State University)                        
16 Jessica Lathrop (Fort Lewis College)                         
17 Sara Hanson (Virginia Polytechnic University)                
18 Mia Wilhelm (University of Colorado-Boulder)                 
19 Kristi Henne (Lees-McRae College)                            
20 Jennifer Perez (Texas State University)                      
21 Jessica Kutz (Pennsylvania State University)                 
22 Emily Benson (Lindsey Wilson College)                        
23 Netana Hotimsky (University of Vermont)                      
24 Caitlin Trahan (North Carolina State Universti)              
25 Abigail Carroll (University of Colorado-Boulder)             
26 Stephanie White (University of New Hampshire)                
27 Elizabeth Yarina (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor)          
28 Katie Sodergren (University of Colorado-Boulder)             
29 Caitlyn Margolin (University of Vermont)                     
30 Margaret Sullivan (Northeastern University)                  
31 Kelli Michalk (Texas A&M University)                         
DNS Sarah Lukas (Lindsey Wilson College)                        
DNF Abby Richmond (Texas A&M University)                        
Men Division 2

1 Tristan Cowie (Brevard College)                               
2 Zach Winn (Union College)                                     
3 Greg Gibson (Union College)                                   
4 Logan Wetzel (Western Washington University)                  
5 Matthew Williams (Warren Wilson College)                      
6 Matthew Beaton (Colorado College)                             
7 Kyle Mcgilvray (Western Washington University)                
8 Duncan Oliver (West Virginia Wesleyan College)                
9 Joe Schneider (Colorado School of Mines)                      
10 Kevin Mullervy (Mesa State College)                          
11 German Bermudez (Union College)                              
12 Ryan Fawley (Appalachian State University)                   
13 Matthew St. Marie (Brevard College)                          
14 Linden Blaisus (Warren Wilson College)                       
15 Jonathan Turner (Union College)                              
16 Alex Hannah (Appalachian State University)                   
17 Zak Grabowski (Colorado School of Mines)                     
18 Jeremy Chambers (Cumberland University)                      
19 Henrique Furtado (Cumberland University)                     
20 Daniel Ennis (Brevard College)                               
21 David Bishop (Warren Wilson College)                         
22 Alex Ryan (Appalachian State University)                     
23 Alejandro Padilla (Cumberland University)                    
24 Michael Koballa (Appalachian State University)               
25 Brent Steinberg (Mesa State College)                         
26 Blaine Benson (Michigan Technological University)            
27 Conor Mullervy (Mesa State College)                          
28 John Shalekbriski (US Naval Academy)                         
29 Darren Marino (Western Washington University)                
30 Andrew Wait (Colorado School of Mines)                       
31 Brad Nelson (Union College)                                  
32 Matthew Wells (Brevard College)                              
33 Christoph Hurley (Colorado School of Mines)                  
34 Marshal Hartley (Brevard College)                            
35 Zachary Logan (Mesa State College)                           
36 Kyle Bordeau (Michigan Technological University)             
37 Dustin Schemel (Warren Wilson College)                       
38 Christopher Anten (Michigan Technological University)        
39 Matthew Johnson (Michigan Technological University)          
40 Preston Moon (US Air Force Academy)                          
41 Shaun Higgins (Colorado School of Mines)                     
42 James Comes (Murray State University)                        
43 Justin Goodin (US Air Force Academy)                         
44 Jeremy Smith (Western Washington University)                 
DNS Kevin Bogard (Murray State University)                                             
Women Division 2

1 Katherine Harris (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)      
2 Rebecca Tomaszewski (Appalachian State University)            
3 Kay Sherwood (Colorado College)                               
4 Melissa Marts (Colorado School of Mines)                      
5 Julia Tellman (Brevard College)                               
6 Tallulah Winquist (Warren Wilson College)                     
7 Johanna Tuttle (Brevard College)                              
8 Rachel Milshop (Union College)                                
9 Naticia Slusher (Mesa State College)                          
10 Caroline Decosimo (University North Carloine Asheville)      
11 Amy Krull (Colorado College)                                 
12 Vanessa Emery (Warren Wilson College)                        
13 Deanna Lloyd (Western Washington University)                 
14 Nina Otter (Warren Wilson College)                           
15 Carrie Barber (Mesa State College)                           
16 Lauren Parker (Warren Wilson College)                        
17 Maggie Cole (Mesa State College)                             
18 Karen Amundson (Cumberland University)                       
19 Sarah Hart (Colby College Cycling)                           
20 Sarah Seitz (Union College)                                  
21 Jennifer Teerlink (Colorado School of Mines)                 
22 Sarah Roberts (Colorado School of Mines)                     
23 Courtney Steen (Colorado School of Mines)                    
24 Amanda Gilbert (Appalachian State University)                
25 Bethany Carter (Appalachian State University)                
26 Amy Russell (Union College)                                  
DNS Delia Massey (Colby College Cycling)                        
DNS Emily Yaeger (Union College)    

Team standings after day 2    

Division I Team  

1 Lees-McRae College                                       512 pts
2 Fort Lewis College                                       510
3 University of Colorado-Boulder                           459
4 University of Vermont                                    263
5 Lindsey Wilson College                                   251
Division II Team  

1 Appalachian State University                             448 pts
2 Warren Wilson College                                    417
3 Colorado School of Mines                                 408
4 Brevard College                                          385
5 Union College                                            370