RICHMOND, Va.- The Brevard College cycling team earned a second place finish in the Overall Team Omnium at the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships over the weekend.
The Tornados finished the three-day event with 313 points in the Team Omnium, behind only 2014 National Champions Colorado Mesa University. BC fronted the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who placed third with 302 points.
“The team showed a tremendous amount of poise and heart,” said head coach Brad Perley. “We’re extremely proud of the efforts produced by the entire Brevard Cycling team, and we’re very much looking forward to the fall season.”
BC’s Allison Arensman became the first-ever Tornado to capture an Individual Championship at a Road National with a victory in Sunday’s Road Race and a National Championship in the Individual Omnium.
“Winning the Road Race and the Individual Omnium was so special, not because it was for me, but because it was for the team,” said Arensman. “I was so humbled and thankful for all of the support and positive energy that came from my coaches and teammates.”
Arensman was also a top performer in Saturday’s Criterium race, nabbing a 4th place finish for the Tornados. Sarah Hill grabbed 19th and Nicole Miranda took 31st to carry BC to a strong showing for the event.
Lewis Gaffney and Caleb Welborn both had solid finishes in Saturday’s Criterium race, taking 13th and 14th, respectively. Brandon Milet and Nicholas Jowsey also finished towards the front of the competition, nabbing 30th and 31st, respectively.
“This past weekend showed the strength and tenacity of the BC Road team,” Welborn said. “It was a selfless effort by all team members and coaches, and I'm proud to call all of them my friends.”
Gaffney also raced well on Sunday, hustling to a 16th place finish in the men’s Road Race. Milet followed Gaffney in 27th while Jowsey pedaled his way into 33rd in the field of over 100 riders.
The Tornados improved on their third place finish at the 2013 Road Nationals by six points, and will now prepare for the 2014-2015 season as reigning National Champions in Mountain Biking and Cyclo-cross.