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The team WON BIG at Collegiate Track Nationals

After a hard fought three days at the EDS Superdrome in Frisco, TX, September 20th-22nd, MSU Cycling's Team Arrow returned home; medals in tow. The team racked up a very impressive grand total of five silver, two bronze, team overall silver, and even more podium finishes. To earn this many top placements was no easy feat considering this was not your ordinary weekend of racing, this was COLLEGIATE TRACK NATIONALS!Team Podium

Seventeen colleges from across the country sent their best to compete at Texas's premiere velodrome, a 250-meter wooden track known for it's 45-degree banked turns. The track cyclists raced, at times reaching speeds of 45mph, in individual and team events ranging from a 200-meter time trial to a 30-kilometer, 120-lap mass start race. 

 

The Team

The team was represented at nationals by Sean Brown (’12), Erick Goytia (’13), Fidel Goytia (’12), Jessica Prinner (’14), Danny Robertson (’12), Claire Routledge (’12) Cory Scott (’14), Amber Vredenburg (’15) and Ashley Weaver (’14).

 

Standout MSU cyclists included Robertson, who took 2nd in both the men’s kilometer time trial and the match sprint competition to multi-time elite national champion Matt Baranoski.

 

Prinner took 2nd in the 3km individual pursuit and 3rd in the overall women’s omnium.

 

Scott, a former road national champion, managed 4th in the points race—his second ever track race.

 

The women’s team pursuit squad of Prinner, Vredenburg, Weaver, and Routledge placed 2nd, and the co-ed team sprint squad of Routledge, Prinner, Erick Goytia, Brown, Scott, and Robertson narrowly missed the gold, losing out to overall omnium champions Marion University.

 

Charlie was exceptionally proud of the team’s performance. “It’ll be a while before Marion relinquishes its stranglehold on the team title. They’ve got the biggest budget and the most resources, including a velodrome right on their campus on which to train. But in the seesaw battle for second place, our team strength was the difference maker. I’m especially proud of our team sprint team and its anchor Danny Robertson, who made up a full second deficit in the final lap to win by six tenths of a second over Lees McRae.” 

 

Robert Clark and Howard Farrell, MSU vice presidents, were on hand Saturday night to present medals to the team, along with Hotter’N Hell Hundred Race Co-Director Ken Webb. "Having them on hand at the closing ceremony was a special bonus (for the team) to cap a weekend that saw MSU get VIP treatment because of a last minute sponsorship donation," said Zamastil. 

 

"While taking three silver medals in team events was more special because we received them from the men responsible for the cycling program being where it is today, Dr. Robert Clark and Dr. Howard Farrell,” long-time teammate Sean Brown said. “And for me, it was very special to receive my medal from a long time close family friend, Ken Webb, who has helped instill in me the drive to never give up.” Sean's dad has also been an instrumental figure in the cycling community, on and off campus, in Wichita Falls for years.

 

Thanks to help from Google+ and YouTube we were able broadcast the event live this year. Head over to Charlie's feed for video coverage of the entire weekend.You can also head over to our Facebook and Google+ pages for more photos from the weekend.

For complete race results check out USACycling.

 

 

 

 

 

Collegiate Cycling Track Nationals are this weekend

Are y'all as excited as we are? It's time for Collegiate Track Nationals

Just two short days until the events get going at the Superdrome in Frisco, TX. MSU will be hosting the event this year and we have some fantastic news about the weekend. Thanks to some help from our friends over at Google+, we will be live streaming coverage of this weekends events. That's right, Collegiate Track Nationals will be brought to you live, via the internet, September 20th-22nd. Follow us on Twitter, like us on FaceBook, and circle us on Google+ for all the links and information on how to stream the live coverage. Let's spread the word and make this weekend huge. Check out #roadtofrisco and #collnats for more. Keep your eyes open for the maroon and gold; we will be the ones wearing EXTRA GOLD.

With all of the talk about #collnats, our new director, and the new cycling performance center on campus, The Wichitan has decided to bring you more. Over the last week, the staff has been hard at work taking photos, asking questions, and digging into everyone on the team for an upcoming article in this weeks print. Make sure and check that out on news stands Wednesday. 

Though nationals are the talk of the team right now, there has been other exciting news as well.

Over the weekend the Oklahoma State Championship Road Race was held in Oklahoma City, OK. Our teammates Evan Bybee, a native of OK, and Tony Baca were there to give the P1s a ride for their money. Evan was sidelined early by a flat, but with a bit of help from Tony, was able to bridge back up to the field. Evan gave it his all but after a tough chase back to the peloton, he told Tony to go for it, and he did. After a suprise in the break from Tulsa Tough, Tony was able to take the silver for the day. Head over to twitter and congratulate him @tonybaca28.
 

And last but not least. The one and only RICKY RANDALL, after dealing with a compressed spinal disc over the summer, will be back on a bike this friday. Welcome back buddy.

Don't forget to follow us on all of the social media platforms, look for the link to the live feed soon, and stay tuned for updates over the weekend. This is going to be a big one. And of course, we will have a full recap Sunday night.

Cheers!

MSU to host Collegiate Track Cycling National Championships

This just in. 

From our Director,

"Hello members, alumni, & fans of MSU cycling. I wanted to invite you all to attend the Midwestern State University-hosted collegiate track cycling national championships, which are taking place at the EDS Superdrome in Frisco, TX, on September 20th-22nd. There are morning and evening sessions each day starting at 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Expect each session to last roughly 4 hours. The full schedule is available here.

If you cannot make it but hope to follow the team's progress, be sure to check our facebook & twitter accounts (search each for "MSU Cycling Team"). The students are very active on that media, with frequent updates and photos. I'm also working with USAC and google to try to establish a live feed of the event. If that works out, the link to the feed will be posted on facebook.

If you have any further questions about the event, don't hesitate to contact me. My email is Steven.Zamastil@mwsu.edu and the phone here is (940) 397.6208.

Best regards,

Charlie Zamastil
Director, MSU Cycling"

Y'all get ready, this is going to be an action packed weekend.