Tornados make statement with opening turn at Nationals

SNOWSHOE, W.VA. – The Brevard College Cycling team left their unprecedented mark on the opening day of USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in Snowshoe, W.Va., nearly sweeping the women’s Short Track A podium in route to a dominating day one performance.

Freshman Hannah Arensman (Hannah Arensman) who is competing in her first USA Collegiate Nationals and fresh off her impressive showing at Worlds, owned the Women’s Short Track A event, finishing second overall, while seniors Sarah Hill (Bryanston, Johannesburg) and Allison Arensman (Valdese, N.C.) finished third and fourth place, respectively. Sophomore Janelle Cole (Rockford, Mich.) wrapped up the women’s competitors with a sixth-place ride, as all Tornados riders finished inside of the top-10.

When asked about the women’s dominating performance in Short Track action, head cycling coach Brad Perley added, “This type of placing and stacking all the riders on the podium is unprecedented in Division I/varsity. That’s the nation’s top talent out there. The competition is super strong all around and it speaks volumes for the preparation of our team.”

On the men’s side of Short Track action freshman Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky.) continued his dominating freshman campaign, riding to a fourth-place finish, while senior Zach Valdez (Hemet, Calif.) and Walker Shaw (Hendersonville, N.C.) recorded 12th and 14th-place finishes, respectively.

The Tornados will return back to racing action tomorrow morning as they prepare for both cross country and downhill racing, before closing out nationals on Sunday with Dual Slalom and Team Relay’s.

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