The Warren Wilson College Mountain bike team pedaled their way to a ninth national championship appearance for their 2001 season, culminating in a second place silver medal in the team omnium competition in Angel Fire, New Mexico. The team represented Western North Carolina well by finishing on top for North Carolina with the silver medal for Division II colleges at the Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships.
The races started on Friday, October 28 after a brutal weather event left the course covered in six inches of snow. After battling the freezing temperatures and cold, muddy conditions for the cross-country and downhill races, the Owls found themselves in fourth place with only one race left in the omnium. Fortunately, Sunday proved to be their day as they persevered and scored enough points to take the Silver Medal.
Individually, Eva Wilson won a national championship jersey in the individual omnium for her spectacular finishes in all four events. This included a 6th place in cross-country, 3rd in short track, 5th in dual slalom and 3rd in downhill. Other top finishes were recorded by Molly Friedland with her 6th place dual slalom and 6th place individual omnium finish. On the men’s side of the Omnium, Michael Flynn finished 13th.
“I am extremely proud of this team and their accomplishments this season”, stated Coach Cass Perkins. “At the beginning of the season I would have never guessed we would be on the second step of the podium. We have a very young team this year and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this group.”
Warren Wilson College supports a 27 member mountain bike team. They have been coached by Cass Perkins since 2009. For additional information, contact Coach Perkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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