BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - The Union College cycling team had a fine effort over the weekend, as the program made history by hosting their first home race.
The race, run over Saturday and Sunday, was contested on the Turner Property of off U.S. 25E outside of Barbourville. In all, 10 teams (plus Union) took part in the festivities, as the Bulldogs registered a second place finish as a team on the weekend.
On Saturday, things kicked off early with short track, in which Elisa Otter led the way for the women taking home a second place finish in the "A" portion of the race. Meanwhile, on the men's side, Wesley Lamberson was the highest finisher in their part of the "A" race, placing fifth. Steven Bingham was second in the "C" race, while first-time racers Vitoria Oliviera and Anna Hart were seventh and eighth, respectively, in the women's "B" short track.
Next up was the challenging downhill, and Otter won the "A" portion of the race, bouncing back to win after having an accident during her run.
Kara Uhl also had a strong finish in the "A" race, placing fifth. Continuing for the women, Anna Hart was second in the "B" race. On the men's side of the downhill, Lamberson was seventh in the "A" race, while Bingham placed second in the "C" race.
The final event of day one was the dual cross on one of the more unique slalom course in the country. For the women, Ruthanna Hart captured the "B" race, with Brittany Boswell and Olivera finishing right behind in second and third, respectively. Lamberson had the highest finish for the men in a crowded field in the "A" race, placing 10th.
The race concluded on Sunday morning with the cross country. Otter led the way for the women's team in the "A" race, finishing second, while Boswell was third in the "B" race. Lamberson finished off his strong weekend for the men's team registering a fourth place finish in the "A" race, with Bingham finishing third in the "C" race.
The Union College cycling team will take part in the Georgia Tech race this weekend, contested in Conyers, Ga. For more information on the Union College cycling program, go to their official blog at http://unioncollegecycling.blogspot.com/