Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ferbie top Hawk in Butler STXC; Smitty gives MX a go

Andy Fehrenbach was Ripon's top short track performer during day two of the Butler University race weekend. He put in a good performance to finish second behind fellow Wisconsinite Eric Dobberfuhl of Murray State.

Eric Smith broke out to build a significant lead in the first few laps, but the effort was a bit too much to maintain for the duration, and he was forced to concede the race leadership to Dobberfuhl, who lapped the entire Men's B field. Smith dug deep and valiantly clung to a third-place finish.

In the Men's C STXC event, Andy Ayers led the three-prong Hawk attack with a fifth-place finish. Teammate Zach Smith placed ninth. Despite an aggressive start, Paul Meuer was forced to abandon with a flat tire early in the race.

The sole female Hawk, Tiffany Seering endured the course's brutal climb and the punishing tempo of the race winner and another Wisconsinite: Ashley James of Lindsey Wilson.

Eric Smith also gave the mountain cross a try and finished in fourth place among the Men's B riders.

Despite a few bike issues, it was a great first weekend. Hopefully we can get all of the problems fixed and have an even better showing at our race next weekend at Nordic Mt.

An unedited collection of photos from Saturday and Sunday can be found on flickr.

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