Grotts captures road race crown

Herald Staff Report

Howard Grotts made sure the Fort Lewis College cycling team exited Collegiat Road Nationals with at least one champion.

Grotts outpaced the rest of the menís road race field to capture a national road race title in 2 hours, 56 minutes, 56 seconds on Sunday in Ogden, Utah. The Skyhawks ended up third in the final team omnium standings with 345 omnium points. Marian took home the title at 553, with Colorado second at 345.

The time was good enough to edge runner-up Adam Leibovitz of Marian, who came in in 2:58:29. FLCís Renan Maia and Dean Haas finished fifth and sixth, respectively. Payson McElveen was 25th, Griffin Easter was 34th, and Aaron Canale was 83rd for the Skyhawks.

Lauren Catlin led the way for FLC in the womenís road race with a 15th place finish in 3:04:27. Marianís Kaitlin Antonneau clipped teammate Coryn Rivera for the title in 3:02:01. Abigail Mickey of Colorado, Katharine Hall of California-Berkeley and Justine Boddy of Colorado State rounded out the top five on the womenís side.

Nathalie Krantz was 35th for FLC, with teammate Ivie Crawford finishing 59th. Sofia Gomez Villafane did not finish.

Leibovitzís finish Sunday was enough to earn him the individual omnium title with 289 points. Maia, however, finished an impressive second in the individual omnium as a freshman, racking up a total of 224 points for the Skyhawks between the criterium and the road race. Easter and Hass were seventh and eighth, respectively, with Easterís 118 a single point better than Haas.

Antonneau and Rivera also went 1-2 for Marian in the individual omnium standings on the womenís side, with Antonneauís 295 points topping Riveraís 289. Boddy was third for the Rams with 197 points.

Catlin was the top FLC finisher in the individual omnium, placing 20th with 67 points.

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