Photo Courtesy of Miora McGill
Photo Courtesy of Miora McGill

Tornados rip through opening day of Cyclocross Nationals

HARTFORD, CONN. – The Tornados sit tied for the Collegiate Cyclocross National Championship lead following a dominating opening-day performance despite harsh weather and course conditions in Hartford, Connecticut.

Brevard opened the day's racing festivities with men’s action as freshman Scott McGill turned in the Tornados' top performance of the morning, finishing eighth overall. Freshman Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky.), who just started racing Cyclocross a few weeks ago finished 10th. Senior Zach Valdez (Hemet, Calif.) rounded out the Tornados riders with a 12th-place performance.

On the women’s side, the Tornados didn’t waste a minute returning to the same form that won them the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship back in October as both Allison Arensman (Valdese, N.C.), Hannah Arensman (Valdese, N.C.) and Janelle Cole (Rockford, Mich.) left their impact on the Hartford, Connecticut, crowd. The dynamic trio ripped off third, fourth and sixth-place finishes, respectively.

The Tornados will return back to the weather-stricken course of nationals tomorrow as they look to pick up their second consecutive national championship of the season, sending Shaw, McGill and the Arensman sisters back to the track hoping to claim gold in the team relay race.

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