Skyhawks Name 2017 MTB Nats Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 18, 2017

Skyhawk Cycling Names Mountain Bike Nationals Team

Contact: Dave Hagen, 970-403-4842, hagen_d@fortlewis.edu

The Fort Lewis College Cycling Team has chosen the squad that will represent the Skyhawks at the upcoming 2017 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals in Missoula, Montana Oct. 19-22.  The team will be seeking to regain the Team Overall title after relinquishing it last year for the first time in 9 years to CU Boulder. Choosing a team to represent the Skyhawks are some of the toughest decisions that coaches (Chad Cheeney, Elke Brutsaert, Lucas LeMaire, Zach Graveson, Phil Cowan and Brittany Cowan) ever have to make simply because there are so many talented riders to choose from.

At the last Conference race at Powderhorn Bike Park in Grand Junction, Colorado Mesa University’s (CMU) home meet the Skyhawks won the Division 1 Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) team overall title. Edging out Colorado University and CMU by close margins. Endurance racer Henry Nadell sealed up the season overall Men’s A title with a close win in the Short Track over teammate and former conference leader Stephan Davoust. On the Gravity side, the Skyhawks have one of the deepest Womens team in history, with McCauley Smith, Local Lacey Andersen and Freshman Elle Runyan, all season conference race winners and podium finishers and most events. Having such good competition in the RMCCC is great preparation for the National competitions against not only top teams for the RMCCC but teams from perennial national powerhouses Marian University, Lees McRae College and Brevard College.

At Nationals FLC will compete in Gravity events –  Downhill (DH) and Dual Slalom (DS) and Endurance events, Cross Country (XC) and Short Track XC (ST). Team Relay (TR) is a fun team event that places teams of 4 riders from each school with a female rider having to do at least 2 laps and does count in the team omnium standings. Each Collegiate team is allowed to bring 10 riders of each gender to compete in these events. Some riders are very adept at both Gravity and Endurance and will be competing in both disciplines in search of an Individual Omnium (IO) title. Both Anna Scheher and Stephan Davoust will be competing in the IO for FLC. Three freshman made the team this year, Locals and former Durango Devo athletes, Katja Freeburn and Camryn Sippy, and Washington Native Elle Runyan for the Women, along with Jason Rowton from California for the Men. The Skyhawk’s lone defending individual champion is Stephan Davoust in the Men Individual Omnium. Currently the Skyhawks are the #2 ranked Collegiate program in the nation.

 

There are a few ways to keep up with the team before and during the competitions. You can keep up with the Skyhawks on Facebook by liking http://www.facebook.com/FLCCyclingTeam or following on Twitter and Instagram @FLCCYCLING. Official results and stories can be foundhttps://www.usacycling.org/2017/collegiate-mtb-national

 

Anna Scheher – XC, ST, DH, DS, IO

Lacey Andersen – DH, DS

McCauley Smith – DH, DS

Libby Endersbe – DH, DS,

Elle Runyan – DH, DS

Carly Endersbe – XC, ST

Camryn Sippy – XC, ST

Katja Freeburn – XC, ST

Ellen Campbell -XC, ST

Kelsey Lundberg – XC, ST

Jaren Lockwood– DH, DS

Shane Ellis – DH, DS

Ben Bennett – DH, DS

Drey Smith – DH, DS

Bryce Hermanussen – DH, DS

Stephan Davoust – XC, ST, DS, IO

Jason Rowton – XC, ST

Nash Dory – XC, ST

Cole Paton – XC, ST

Henry Nadell – XC, ST

 

Staff:

Dave Hagen – Program Director

Elke Brutsaert – Team Manager, Women’s Coach

Chad Cheeney – Endurance Coach, Social Media

Lucas LeMaire – Gravity Coach

Zach Graveson – Gravity Coach

Carson Jones-Wilkins – Mechanic

 

Please wish the team luck on their travels and performances.