Local Riders Dominate Collegiate Track Nationals
Six collegiate cyclists who call the Lehigh Valley home took some time away from their studies to head to USA Cycling’s Collegiate National Track Championships and teach their competition a lesson in track racing. College-age athletes from across the country traveled to the Superdrome, located in Frisco, Texas, to compete for their schools September 20-22. The Valley Preferred Cycling Center’s reputation of producing top level track cyclists was upheld with T-Town locals claiming five national titles and a total of 16 medals.
“It’s great to see the track being represented so well on the national level,” said Marty Nothstein, executive director of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center. “The fact that our local riders dominated the competition, even though there were only six of them, just goes to show the depth of talent we have in T-Town.”
Penn State Lehigh Valley and Kutztown University may have been lacking numbers, with only two riders from each school, but they brought home some serious hardware. Kutztown was represented by seniors Mary Costelloe and Colleen Hayduk. The pair dominated the women’s racing with Hayduk picking up three national championships with gold medal rides in the scratch, points, and omnium. Costelloe was never far behind with only three points separating her silver and Hayduk’s gold in the points race. Costelloe’s consistency paid off with a top five finish in the omnium.
Matt Baranoski and Mandy Marquardt raced for Penn State Lehigh Valley. Baranoski’s participation in Collegiate Nationals seemed unclear until recently, due to a fractured clavicle he sustained during the season finale of the World Series of Bicycling at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center. After surgery to repair the injury, he was back and good as new only 20 days after the incident. Baranoski rode to commanding victories in both the kilometer time trial and the sprints. Marquardt continued her successful collegiate track career with silver medals in the 500 meter time trial and sprints, as well as a fourth place finish in the omnium.
Kaitlyn Lawrence, a 2012 graduate of Emmas High School, helped Lees-McRae College to a bronze medal in the collegiate sprint. Tommy Schubert represented T-Town and Cumberland University well, bringing the newly named Division One program a bronze medal in the Team Pursuit. Full results can be found on USA Cycling’s website.
Next up for T-Town riders are the Elite National Track Championships in Carson, California September 27-30. If the dominance of the collegiate riders was any indication, the Valley Preferred Cycling Center should have some quite a few new national champions in town next season!
Photo courtesy of Dean Warren