Warren Wilson Owls
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    Cycling - Tue, Mar. 21, 2017

    Warren Wilson co-hosted its first ever road race this past weekend with Brevard College, bringing hundreds of collegiate cyclists to the Asheville, NC area to compete in an uphill time trial, a criterium, and a points race.

    The Owls headed south to Brevard early Saturday morning for the first race of the weekend, a three-mile uphill time trial. Paul Wright led the team, finishing third in the Men's A race, just 11 seconds off the win. Sam Morkal-Williams, fresh off of ten days of racing in the Dominican Republic, finished 13th. Miron Golfman was 6th in the Men's C race, while Sophie Allen and Mackenzie George rode well in the Women's B event.

    Saturday afternoon saw riders tackling a tough criterium course at the Brevard Music Center. Golfman kicked things off for the afternoon with his best finish of the year, taking 2nd in the Men's C race. Allen followed up with a great top ten ride in the Women's B race. George also had a good ride, and managed to stay in the race for the full distance. In the Men's A race, Wright and Morkal-Williams teamed up and rode well as a duo, with Wright covering a number of early moves. While two riders eventually got away, Morkal-Williams was well positioned in the final laps, and brought home 4th in the field sprint to take 6th.

    Sunday saw riders converge on the track at Carrier Park in Asheville for a points race. Riders sprinted every five laps of the 1/3 mile oval for points, with the rider with the most points at the end of the race taking the win. It was a race that put a premium on finishing speed, tactics, and positioning within the group.

    Golfman again had a great ride in the Men's C, taking third and backing up his finish the day before. Allen also looked sharp. She got better with every lap, and took 4th in the final sprint, earning enough points to take 8th overall, her best finish of the year! George also improved on her ride from Saturday.

    Morkal-Williams and Wright again represented the Owls in the Men's A race. While both riders tried to initiate moves to break up the field, they were ultimately unsuccessful. It was, in the end, a day for the sprinters. Still, Morkal-Williams was able to snag a few points over the course of the day to secure a top 15 finish.

    It was a very successful first home race for the team. And, with riders clearly coming into form, the Owls are looking forward to competing again this weekend at the GA Tech race in Atlanta, GA.