NAIA
NAIA
Cycling - Mon, Oct. 4, 2010
News Photo
CONYERS, Ga. - Several impressive individual performances by Union riders catapulted the Bulldogs to their first Southeast Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) Championship this weekend in an event hosted by Georgia Tech.

Overall, it was the Bulldogs' sixth conference crown in program history.

"I can't say enough about not only the kids with top finishes, but the whole team." Said head coach Chuck Coffey. "Every single kid on this team can claim part of the conference championship. They have all worked so hard and it was their mission to win the conference championship."

Individually, Bulldog riders collected six out of eight first place finishes. Leading the way was senior Rachel Millsop (Springdale, Ark.), who earned the conferences Ladies Omnium Championship after earning four first-place medals (time trial, cross country, short track and dual slalom).

"I have been around collegiate cycling for over 10 years and can never remember seeing any rider male or female accomplish the feat," noted Coffey.

On the men's side, senior Zach Winn (Port Hope, Canada) captured the top spot in the time trial portion of the competition, while teammate Wesley Lamberson (Limestone, Tenn.)finished second and Brad Nelson (Carmel, Ind.) placed fourth. In the short track, Lamberson captured his collegiate short track win to lead the way, while Winn placed fifth in the event.

In cross country, the Bulldogs registered three top 10 finishes with Winn leading the pack with a fourth place finish, while in the dual slalom, Winn registered a strong second place finish. Meanwhile on the women's side, freshman Catherine Harnden (Ontario, Canada) finished a solid fourth in the slalom.

For their efforts, Winn and Millsop were named the SECCC Male and Female Riders of the Year. It is the fourth time Winn was won the top honor and the second for Millsop. Millsop last earned the award in 2008.

Union's next race will be the College Cycling Nationals at the Northstar Tahoe Resort in Truckee, Calif., which runs from Oct. 15- 17.