Cycling takes home gold for second time in 2016-17

HARTFORD, CONN. – Just over two months removed from winning their first Division I USA Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship, the Brevard College Tornados struck gold once again, claiming their second straight national championship and first Division I USA Cycling Collegiate Cyclocross title in Hartford, Connecticut.

The Tornados took to the course Thursday afternoon in pursuit of the team relay omnium crown in order to capture the overall team title. Head coach Brad Perley made the call to send Carson Beckett (Benton, Ky.), Scott McGill (Fallston, Md.), Allison Arensman (Valdese, N.C.) and Hannah Arensman (Valdese, N.C.) to the relay competition, hoping to seize another national championship.

Perley’s decision paid off as the Tornados rode their way into history yet again, beating Marian University and Fort Lewis College with an overall winning time of 27:31. Brevard’s team relay win moved the blue and white into sole possession of first place in the team omnium standings with 252 points, edging out Marian University by 13 points for the top spot, while Fort Lewis College completed the top-three podium.

“It was an unbelievable experience to come to Hartford and win in such a dominating fashion,” said McGill. “We couldn't have done it without the extraordinary support we received from our coaches and sponsors. I feel very grateful to be part of such an amazing program and cannot wait for the next adventure with Brevard.”

The Tornados' team relay title rounded out another impressive national championship showing. The team turned in impressive results in both men’s and women’s races on Wednesday, with the men posting five riders inside of the top 30. McGill lead the charge with an eighth-place performance. On the women’s side, both Arensman sisters finished inside of the top five, while Janelle Cole (Rockford, Mich.) rode to a seventh-place finish.

“It's easy to say 'I love you guys' after an incredible team win like today's,” said Cole. “What makes the Brevard team special is our ability to say that before, during and after this intense and incredibly fun week. Challenging conditions were no match for our team's overwhelming positivity and support, coming together to make every race a success.”

Following impressive fall and winter competitions, the Tornados now set their sights on the road national title, hoping to complete a championship sweep of all three cycling disciplines for the 2016-2017 collegiate season.

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