Cycling U. — Marian University Wins its Third Straight National Road Title

By Derek Taylor

For the third year in a row, Marian University is the class of collegiate road racing. The small, Franciscan and Catholic university in Indianapolis successfully defended its 2010 and 2011 team omnium titles at the USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships in Odgen Utah from May 4-6. Read past the break for a full race report and gallery.

Heather Fischer of the University of Colorado won Sunday’s road race around the Pineview Reservior by two minutes over Antonneau, who outsprinted Sarah Sturm of Colorado’s Fort Lewis College to take 2nd.

Josh Yeaton, meanwhile, helped Colorado to a close 2nd place finish in the omnium. Yeaton won both the criterium and the road race, and was helped by Jeffrey Perrin, who finished 5th in the road race. But Marian’s Alder Martz (5th in the crit, 9th on the road), Alex Wiessler (9th in the crit), Isaiah Newkirk (7th on the road) did enough to fend off the Buffs and give Marian the title by 30 points. The Marian men also took bronze in the team time trial, finishing behind Fort Lewis College and Stanford in a close race in which the top three were separated by less than 10 seconds.

Marian wasn’t always the road cycling powerhouse they have become. Long known for their track prowess, by virtue of their proximity to the Major Taylor Velodrome (which the university also operates), Marian won their first national title on the road in 2010, and hasn’t finished off the top spot since. And the future looks bright as well. Antonneau is only a sophomore, and from the championship time trial team, only Miller is graduating this year. Rivera just finished her freshman year. Marian also won the cyclocross national title, led by Antonneau, and the track championships, led by Rivera.

In the Division II races, the women from Massachusetts Institute of Technology were even more dominant than Marian in D1, winning every event, and finishing 1-2 in the crit on Saturday. Duke won the men’s time trial. Patric Rostel of Colorado Mesa University won the crit, and Cortlan Brown, from nearby Bountiful, Utah and racing for Salt Lake City Community College, took the road race.

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