Two days, four different champions

Skyhawks’ cycling crowns two more – two different – at MTB nationals

Another day, another national champion for Fort Lewis College. Make that two more national champions.

One day after surrendering his cross country championship to teammate Howard Grotts, Rotem Ishay successfully defended his short track title at the Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in Angel Fire, N.M.

Grotts was one second behind him in second place.

Greg Carpenter finished seventh, and teammates Colton Andersen and Dylan Stucki filed in at 17th and 27th, respectively, in Saturday’s short track.

Sarah Sturm and Lauren Catlin, Friday’s cross country national champion, finished 1-2 in the women’s short track. Brittany Clawson finished 19th, and Anne Cheeney finished 23rd for the FLC women’s cycling team.

Durangoan Rebecca Gross, a University of Denver cyclist, won the Division II short track, followed by former Colorado Mesa All-American cross country runner Alexis Skarda in second place.

Hannah Madden, another Durangoan and cyclist at Colorado School of Mines, finished 16th in the Division II race.

In the men’s downhill, FLC finished sixth through ninth.

Joey Schusler of Colorado won the event, while Skyhawks’ Lucas LeMaire, Phil Cowan, Stucki and Taylor Borucki went 6-9, respectively.

Clawson, like Stucki, doubled up in Saturday’s events and finished second in the women’s downhill, runner-up to Andrea Napoli of the University of Nevada-Reno.

Nationals will continue with the dual slalom today, then the top-ranked cycling program in the nation will learn definitively if it has done enough to hold off Colorado and Lees-McRae for its 18th national championship.