GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Union College cycling team came up just short of capturing their third consecutive Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference Championship, placing second overall at the 2012 SECCC Championship Race, hosted by the University of Florida this past weekend.
Overall, Warren Wilson (N.C.) edged the Bulldogs by just 17 points to take the Division II conference title. On the individual end, however, Union's Wesley Lamberson was victorious, winning the men's side of the league for the second straight season. For the women, Elisa Otter ended up third overall, while Kara Uhl finished in fourth to end the conference season.
In the race itself, Lamberson got things started with a second place finish in the time trial "A" race. In the women's "A" time trials, Otter was dominate, winning the race over her nearest competitor by two minutes and 40 seconds. Meanwhile, Uhl finished fourth in the "A" race, and Ruthanna Hart registered a second place finish in the "B" portion of the time trial.
Next up in the short track. Otter registered another victory in the women's "A" race, with Hart finishing second in the "B" race. On the men's side, Lamberson was third in the "A" short track, with head coach Peter Haile registering a solid finish in fifth.
The final race of the day Saturday was the dual slalom, in which Lamberson once again registered the best UC finish, placing second in the "A" portion of the men's race. On the women's side, Uhl had the highest finish in the "A" race in fourth, while Brittany Boswell captured the "B" portion of the women's race.
The final event of the weekend was the cross country, contested on Sunday. Here, Otter had Union's best finish, winning the "A" women's race in a time of one hour, 51 minutes. In the "B" women's race, Hart finished third to round out the top performances for the women's team in the event. On the men's side of the cross country, Haile was fifth in the "A" race to record the top finish.
The Union College cycling team now sets it sights on the 2012 Cycling Nationals, where they look to defend their 2011 Division II National Championship. The race will once again take place in Angel Fire, N.M, and will run from Oct. 19 - 21.