Two podiums, omnium title cap Collegiate Road Nationals

MARSHALL, N.C. – Brevard capped off its first USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals at the Division I level with a pair of podium finishes at the individual time trial and an omnium win for sophomore Janelle Cole.

The Rockford, Michigan native secured her omnium championship, given to the best individual rider throughout the three-day event, following her runner-up finish in Saturday’s criterium that wound through downtown Burnsville. Her victory gave Brevard its inaugural individual omnium winner at the Division I level and first omnium champion since Sarah Hill’s win at Mountain Bike Nationals in 2014.

Cole’s encore performance was a second-place finish in Sunday’s individual time trial, capping a weekend that saw her finish fourth in the road race and second in the criterium.

“I’m so proud of and fortunate to be a part of Brevard cycling,” Cole said following her dominant weekend. “While we had impressive results, I am most proud of the absolute 100,000 percent effort put forth by every one of my teammates this weekend. That is truly rare and a crucial component of a successful Division I team that is here to stay.”

Allison Arensman also earned a podium finish with a fifth-place effort. The senior was extremely impressive in her weekend events, earning the ninth position in the individual omnium after finishing seventh and 10th in her first two events of the weekend.

Although competing as an individual rather than a college rider, Joshua Cole edged out a close win in Saturday’s Men’s Category 3/4 criterium in Burnsville to give the Tornados another notable result on the weekend.

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