Skyhawks third at road nationals

Herald Staff Report

Marian University of Indianapolis pedaled away with its third consecutive title in the USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals in Ogden, Utah, on Sunday.

The Knights wrapped up the road nationals by finishing second as a team in the menís road race and third in the womenís road race.

Fort Lewis College finished third in 2012 omnium scoring, dropping one position after the University of Colorado dominated Sundayís road race, winning both the womenís and menís Division I races.

Heather Fischer and Josh Yeaton, the University of Colorado cyclists who won the road race and the criterium in the Squawker Road Classic in Durango two weeks ago, duplicated their individual finishes in the national road racing finals.

Fisher beat Marian professional Kaitlin Antonneau in the 101-kilometer womenís road race. Antonneau had won the crit the previous day.

Sarah Zoey Sturm of Fort Lewis College, a national mountain biking champion, finished third Sunday. Antonneau just nipped Sturm at the tape for second place.

Rachel Warner of Lees-McRae College in North Carolina finished fourth.

Lauren Catlin of Fort Lewis rode across in fifth place.

Teammate Missy Erickson was 33rd for FLC.

Yeaton won the menís Division I 132-kilometer road race by a comfortable 13-second margin over David Novak of Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Ky.

Rotem Ishay led Fort Lewis College with his sixth-place finish. He was right behind Yeaton teammate Jeffrey Perrin of CU.

FLC freshman Payson McIlveen was 15th for the Skyhawks, who totaled 424 points in omnium scoring. Marian won with 500 points.

The University of Colorado was second with 470.

California-Davis finished a distant fourth with 289 points. Lindenwood University of St. Charles, Mo., was fifth (260). Fort Lewisí mountain biking rival, Lees-McRae, was sixth this year, just ahead of Stanford.

Russell Brown of Fort Lewis College finished 29th in the road race. Teammate William Zellmer was 41st.

Durango native Howard Grotts was 68th in spite of missing a major portion of the road racing season because of his professional mountain bike racing commitments.

In individual omnium scoring at the road nationals, FLCís Sturm was No. 4 among the Division I women. Antonneau won with Fischer second.

Coryn Rivera of Marian, a professional road racer like Antonneau, was third overall.

Catlin of FLC was No. 7 in womenís omnium. Erickson was No. 12.

Yeaton won the menís omnium over second-place Sam Bassetti of California-Davis.

Zellmer was the highest-ranking FLC rider at No. 16.

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