Tornados dominate hometown mountain bike event

By Paul Morgan (Special for www.bctornados.com)

BREVARD, N.C. - The members of the Brevard College Tornado cycling team are a lot quicker than the officials of the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference.  And, that’s a good thing.


The good news: The multi-national championship Tornados dominated action in the Brevard Home Mountain Bike Race Sept. 30-31, taking home no fewer than six first place finishes in eleven events.


The bad news: It then took conference officials nearly a week to officially release race results.


BC’s success came at the expense of a number of large universities like Georgia Tech, Florida State, Clemson and Furman, as well as in competition with such regional cycling powerhouses as Lees-McRae, East Tennessee State, Mars Hill, Union (Ky.) and Warren Wilson College.


 “We had a fantastic weekend,” BC Head Coach Brad Perley said.  “The students worked hard to make it happen.  We provided the conference racers with top-notch courses, while holding the short-track races on the BC campus itself.”


Results:
In Men’s A Cross Country, BC junior Cypress Gorry took first, with sophomores Zack Valdez and Dylan Johnson finishing third and sixth.


In Women’s A Cross Country, South African Tornado sophomore Sarah Hill finished first, with BC junior Allison Arensman finishing fifth and junior Nicole Miranda coming in tenth.


In Men’s A Dual Slalom, BC freshman Logan Mulally took first, freshman Walker Shaw third, sophomore Callum McEwen fifth, senior Duncan Miller ninth and junior Blake Stephenson tenth place.


In Women’s A Dual Slalom, Tornado freshman Samantha Miranda finished second, Sarah Hill fourth and junior Courtney Carter seventh.


Tornados swept top honors in Men’s B Dual Slalom with freshman Richardson Pedigo finishing first and soph Josh Moore taking second place.


In Men’s A Downhill, Logan Mullaly finished second, Callum McEwen third and another freshman, Walker Shaw, captured fifth place.


Women’s A Downhill saw the Tornados sweeping the second through fifth spots, with Nicole Miranda, Sarah Hill, freshman Samantha Miranda and Courtney Carter doing the honors.


BC sophomore Josh Moore took first place in the Men’s B Downhill.


The Tornados dominated again in Men’s A Short Track competition, with Zack Valdez finishing first,  Cypress Gorry third and Walker Shaw fifth.


Women’s A Short Track saw Sarah Hill finishing second and Allison Arensman taking fourth place.


BC senior Duncan Miller took the third spot in Men’s C Short Track.


“This race provided a great opportunity for the college and the Brevard community to get a close-up taste of our sport,” Coach Perley said. Both the campus and the community gave us tremendous support. This was a great way to kick off our mountain bike season, and, needless to say, I was more than pleased with the results.”

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