Tornados turn in impressive showing at Union

Barbourville, Ky. – The Brevard College Tornados Cycling program turned in another impressive showing at Union College in Barbourville, Ky. as they wrapped up the weekends festivities with in traditional Tornados fashion.


“We brought a small crew for this weekend,” said head coach Brad Perley. “They competed hard, battling super-hot and humid weather on a very dusty course.”


In the Men’s A Cross Country event, the Tornados Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky.) left his mark on his home state winning the overall event, while fellow freshman Scott McGill and sophomore Walker Shaw (Henderson N.C.) turned in top-five placements as McGill finished just ahead of Shaw with a third-place turn.


“The layout of the Union College XC course resembled that of a more national style of race than what is seen in most collegiate racing,” said freshman Carson Beckett. “ It featured a brutally steep climb right off the start that quickly strung out the field. Once it the woods, things got a little bit trickier through the tight and twisty single track. The roughly three mile course was very raw in nature and featured super short and steep climbs and a few switchbacks tossed in continued Beckett.” “It favored the punchy riders, while decents stayed short and fed the riders right back into more abrupt climbs with some scattering rock sections to dice things up a bit.”


In Men’s B Dual Slalom, McGill would edge out Beckett for first-place honors as the two true freshman turned in a very impressive weekend in the blue and white as Beckett finished the event third overall to round out Saturday’s competition.


Beckett and McGill would leave off where they started Saturday, as the pair dominated the Men’s A Short Track on Sunday, as Beckett finished with the top honors, while McGill rode to an impressive third-place run.


“After a rough start from the fourth row I made as many passes as I could in the early stages of the race,” said freshman Scott McGill. “I settled in and tried to pick guys off slowly until I was into third and then rode as hard as I could until the finish.”


On the women’s side of short track competition, sophomore Samantha Miranda (Valley City, Ohio) turned in an impressive showing in the Women’s A Short Track as the Valley City, Ohio native turned in a fifth-place turn.


The Tornados will take this coming weekend off to rest before traveling to Banner Elk, N.C. to compete against Lees-McRae and company September 24-25.

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