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Appalachian State, Wake Forest victorious in Atlantic Conference cyclocross championships

  • By James McCabe
  • Published Nov. 16, 2010

The men's A race bunches up in the windy fields. Photo: Larry Jones

Appalachian State University (ASU) and Wake Forest University (WFU) took the Division 1 and Div. 2 titles respectively as the cyclocross season came to a close for the Atlantic Conference this past weekend in Boone, North Carolina.

Coming into the final weekend of racing, there was significant tension in the Div. 1 field. North Carolina State (NCSU) led the team points competition by a mere 30 points. Appalachian State knew that this weekend would be its last chance to claim the title, and what better than to claim it on home turf in Boone.

The course, which was the same on both days, was mostly flat with too many turns to count. The occasional gravel sections proved to slow down the riders, but speed was quickly regained in the windy, grass fields.

Saturday’s women’s A race started out with an Appalachain-stacked field. Ashley James (ASU) went from the gun and remained off the front for the entire race. In fact, she was so fast she managed to pull away from the men’s B field that started at the same time. Rachael VandenEnde (ASU) and Bridgette McLean (ASU) rode well on Saturday to wrap up the podium for the women.

Sunday provided a similar result for the women’s A field. James rode away from the bunch early in the race, with Allison Forkner (ASU) and VandenEnde chasing for podium spots. At the end of the conference, Ashley James won women’s A overall, closely followed by VandenEnde and Bridgette McLean. Appalachian State swept the women’s A podium for 2010.

The men’s A race on Saturday was fast from the start. Clayton Omer (ASU), Reid Beloni (ASU) and Alex Ryan (ASU) created an Appalachian State pain train, which helped build their lead through the race. James McCabe (WFU) attempted to chase the ASU train, but was almost caught by Zeb King (ASU) towards the final laps. McCabe managed to stay away for fourth place. For Saturday, NC State had only two riders in the top 10.

Sunday’s race created a six-person train early on, which eventually resulted in a three-person train of Omer, Beloni and McCabe. McCabe began to tire with three laps to go, which meant that Justin Crawford of Virginia Tech (VT) came close to snagging the podium spot. However, McCabe held off the attack from Crawford and held onto third place. Again, NC State only had two riders in the top 10.

After all the results were finished, Appalachian State and NC State were tied for first place in the conference. In the result of a conference tie, according to USAC Rule 7K3 (h), the winning team will be decided by the number of “A category” wins. NC State had nine wins, where Appalachian State had 11 wins. Appalachian State won the closest Div. 1 category race in the history of the conference. Wake Forest easily won the Division 2 category.

For men’s A, Clayton Omer took overall for the conference, followed by Reid Beloni in second, and James McCabe in third. Omer is the Div. 1 champion, while McCabe is the Div. 2 champion.

With the season over for the Atlantic Conference, the top teams are gearing up for USA Cycling cyclocross nationals in Bend, Oregon. Appalachian State, which won the Div. 2 title in 2008, hopes that their powerful, yet balanced, squad will be able to take the Div. 1 title. Wake Forest, in their first national appearance, will give everything they have to make the experience worthwhile.

Either way, the Atlantic Conference will be a force to reckon with come Cyclocross Nationals.

James McCabe is president of the Wake Forest University Cycling Club and the ACCC’s 2010 Div. 2 cyclocross champion.

  • 1. Omer Clayton, ASU, with 540 points, Division: men’s A
  • 2. Beloni Reid, ASU, with 526 points, Division: men’s A
  • 3. Mccabe James, WFU, with 243 points, Division: men’s A
  • 4. Oakes Aaron, NCSU, with 80 points, Division: men’s A
  • 5. Smith Stephen, NCSU, with 142 points, Division: men’s A
  • 6. King Zeb, ASU, with 303 points, Division: men’s A
  • 7. Sain Brian, NCSU, with 153 points, Division: men’s A
  • 8. Oishi Andrew, Duke, with 273 points, Division: men’s A
  • 9. Reeves Nicholas, NCSU, with 57 points, Division: men’s A
  • 10. Jones Austin, WFU, with 244 points, Division: men’s A
  • 11. Florence Jacob, ASU, with 218 points, Division: men’s A
  • 12. Evans Justin, ASU, with 112 points, Division: men’s A
  • 13. Inabinet Nicholas, ASU, with 142 points, Division: men’s A
  • 14. Wittwer James, ASU, with 138 points, Division: men’s A
  • 15. Crawford Justin, VT, with 136 points, Division: men’s A
  • 16. Young Michael, NCSU, with 51 points, Division: men’s A
  • 17. Gargulio Ricky, VT, with 120 points, Division: men’s A
  • 18. Ryan Alex, ASU, with 112 points, Division: men’s A
  • 19. Wofford John, WFU, with 94 points, Division: men’s A
  • 20. Lowe Chris, WFU, with 88 points, Division: men’s A
  • 21. Carraway Chris , Gu , at 85 points, Division: men’s A
  • 22. Troy Andrew, VCU, with 63 points, Division: men’s A
  • 23. Owen Walker, NCSU, with 40 points, Division: men’s A
  • 24. Leath James, ASU, with 30 points, Division: men’s A
  • 25. Whitescarver Derek, ASU, with 27 points, Division: men’s A
  • 26. Ingram Callum, UVA with 0 points, Division: men’s A
  • —-
  • 1. Pofahl Thomas, NCSU, with 126 points, Division: men’s B
  • 2. Bruner Matt, NCSU, with 90 points, Division: men’s B
  • 3. Young Michael, NCSU, with 48 points, Division: men’s B
  • 4. Mccarter Matt, ASU, with 208 points, Division: men’s B
  • 5. Finn Matthew, ASU, with 200 points, Division: men’s B
  • 6. Holmes Andrew, NCSU, with 102 points, Division: men’s B
  • 7. Dubois Kyle, ASU, with 184 points, Division: men’s B
  • 8. Wagstaff Stephen, NCSU, with 86 points, Division: men’s B
  • 9. Hale Wilson, W&M, with 48 points, Division: men’s B
  • 10. Keeler David, ASU, with 112 points, Division: men’s B
  • 11. Oliver Duncan, WVU, with 96 points, Division: men’s B
  • 12. Latocha Todd, WVU, with 84 points, Division: men’s B
  • 13. Devier-Scott Andrew, ASU, with 84 points, Division: men’s B
  • 14. Probst Christian, VT, with 84 points, Division: men’s B
  • 15. Kuhn Matt, VCU, with 80 points, Division: men’s B
  • 16. Jones Austin, WFU, with 76 points, Division: men’s B
  • 17. Obrien-Applegate Joseph, W&M, with 60 points, Division: men’s B
  • 18. Canup Will, UVA with 56 points, Division: men’s B
  • 19. Smith Brandon, VCU, with 52 points, Division: men’s B
  • 20. Cobb Grayson, VT, with 52 points, Division: men’s B
  • 21. Evans Justin, ASU, with 48 points, Division: men’s B
  • 22. Lowe Chris, WFU, with 45 points, Division: men’s B
  • 23. King Zeb, ASU, with 36 points, Division: men’s B
  • 24. Brown Chris, VT, with 32 points, Division: men’s B
  • 25. Kalsbeek Brian, NCSU, with 18 points, Division: men’s B
  • 26. Jones James, NCSU, with 15 points, Division: men’s B
  • 27. Morris David, UVA with 12 points, Division: men’s B
  • 28. Aber Jacob, VT, with 12 points, Division: men’s B
  • —-
  • 1. Midkiff Jason, ASU, with 96 points, Division: men’s C
  • 2. Terziotti Luca, VCU, with 90 points, Division: men’s C
  • 3. Kuhn Matt, VCU, with 64 points, Division: men’s C
  • 4. Downs Patrick, ASU, with 58 points, Division: men’s C
  • 5. Jones Austin, WFU, with 56 points, Division: men’s C
  • 6. Zerbe John, WVU, with 56 points, Division: men’s C
  • 7. Braswell James, WVU, with 56 points, Division: men’s C
  • 8. Wentzel Andy, VT, with 42 points, Division: men’s C
  • 9. Reagan Andy, VT, with 39 points, Division: men’s C
  • 10. Felton Vance , Wake , at 36 points, Division: men’s C
  • 11. Chappell Cameron, ASU, with 32 points, Division: men’s C
  • 12. Roche Jacob, USNA, with 32 points, Division: men’s C
  • 13. Anderssen Jacob, VT, with 32 points, Division: men’s C
  • 14. Gatti John, Duke, with 30 points, Division: men’s C
  • 15. Ogunlela Olumuyiwa, ASU, with 27 points, Division: men’s C
  • 16. Suarez Sam, NCSU, with 26 points, Division: men’s C
  • 17. Hutchinson Nick, USNA, with 24 points, Division: men’s C
  • 18. Wiskerbiskit Michael, VCU, with 18 points, Division: men’s C
  • 19. Atkins Mark, USNA, with 18 points, Division: men’s C
  • 20. Mcneill Darren, WVU, with 18 points, Division: men’s C
  • 21. Daley Tom, UVA with 15 points, Division: men’s C
  • 22. Gorden Nathaniel, VCU, with 15 points, Division: men’s C
  • 23. Mcintyre Zachary, USNA, with 15 points, Division: men’s C
  • 24. Littera Danielle, WVU, with 15 points, Division: men’s C
  • 25. Gorney Tyler, VT, with 15 points, Division: men’s C
  • 26. Muhler Travis, VCU, with 12 points, Division: men’s C
  • 27. Grajkowski Jan, VT, with 12 points, Division: men’s C
  • 28. Belmonte Joshua, VCU, with 9 points, Division: men’s C
  • 29. Vetter Alex, Duke, with 9 points, Division: men’s C
  • 30. Cates Zac, VT, with 9 points, Division: men’s C
  • 31. Hash Thomas, VT, with 5 points, Division: men’s C
  • 32. Tupper Tyler, VCU, with 0 points, Division: men’s C
  • 33. Dunlap Thomas, VT, with 0 points, Division: men’s C
  • —-
  • 1. Jones Ashley, ASU, with 560 points, Division: women’s A
  • 2. Vandenende Rachel, ASU, with 269 points, Division: women’s A
  • 3. Mclean Bridgette, ASU, with 408 points, Division: women’s A
  • 4. Forkner Allison, ASU, with 255 points, Division: women’s A
  • 5. Garlapow Megan, NCSU, with 230 points, Division: women’s A
  • 6. Mckeever Lyndsay, VT, with 120 points, Division: women’s A
  • 7. Moy Emily, WVU, with 80 points, Division: women’s A
  • 8. Vaughan Ritchie, VT, with 70 points, Division: women’s A
  • 9. Neville Kelly, VT, with 0 points, Division: women’s A
  • —-
  • 1. Cox Ashley, ASU, with 126 points, Division: women’s B
  • 2. Payne Stephanie, ASU, with 72 points, Division: women’s B
  • 3. Morris Emily, ASU, with 72 points, Division: women’s B
  • 4. Jaros Mikala, WVU, with 48 points, Division: women’s B

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