Saturday, October 4, 2008

Seering Takes First at Butler

Tiffany Seering captured first place in the women's B division cross country mountain bike race today at Muscatatuck County Park near North Vernon, Ind. Seering led the Red Hawks in the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (MWCCC) competition hosted by Butler University.

After sitting in second place at the start, Seering grabbed the top position midway through the first of two 5.2-mile laps. The first-year student from West Bend, Wis., slowly pulled away and built a substantial lead, crossing the finish line nearly five minutes ahead of Lauren Nasca of Michigan Tech.

Tiffany looked really strong today. She's been working hard all season and coming close to victory. Her efforts finally paid off today with the top prize. I'm very happy for her.

Christa Kussmann finished in sixth place for the women. She, too, has made great strides since August and she continues to improve in every race.

In the men's C race, Ripon's Bryan Nell and Jonathan Paretsky both flatted. Paretsky, a senior from Eagle River, Wis., flatted less than two miles into his first lap and withdrew from the race. Nell, who was sitting in a solid fourth place at the time, suffered his puncture about midway through his second lap. The senior from St. Germain, Wis., carried his bike across the finish line in 16th place.

It is unfortunate, but it is a regular part of mountain bike racing. We were probably running the tire pressure a bit too low for the hard packed course as they both experienced pinch flats. Jon and Bryan were not the only ones to flat today, though. Hopefully they can come back strong tomorrow and redeem themselves with top finishes in the short track race.

Headed into today's race, Ripon was fourth in the season standings in Division II in the MWCCC. The Red Hawks will participate in the short track cross country race tomorrow outside the Major Taylor Velodrome in Indianapolis.

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