Western's Mountain Sports mountain bikers placed second in a hard fought series of races at the USA Cycling collegiate national championships in North Carolina. The Mountain Sports Program, which is only in its second year, placed third in Division two for the second year in a row.
Along with individual titles in five disciplines (Short Track, Cross Country, Downhill, Team Relay and Dual), riders also strive to accumulate points toward the Omnium classification, which determined the top schools overall.
The Western men had all three riders finish in the top 20 with two in the top 10. Senior Owen Tulip had his eyes trained on winning the Division 2 Downhill title and pulled out all of the stops on his run. Unfortunately, a crash would relegate him to 31st place. However, Cody Scott and Caleb Woodworth were 7th and 9th respectively, and the three riders combined scores put Western 3rd place for the day among Division 2 Schools. Consistency was the theme for the Western ladies as all three riders, Ellie Atkins, Carmen Smith and Zoe Smith all finished in the top 20. The ladies from Western combined for a 4th place finish in Downhill for the day.
Western's Mountain Sports Program doubled in size in 2013 and includes opportunities for Western students to compete in mountain biking, trail running, skiing & snowboarding, and more.