Warren Wilson Owls
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    Cycling - Wed, Apr. 5, 2017

    The Warren Wilson College cycling team wrapped up the conference road season at Milligan this weekend at the SECCC Conference Championships.

    The weekend kicked off with a 10-mile team time trial. In the men's race, a strong team of Paul Wright, Sam Morkal-Williams, Miron Golfman, and Bergen West put together a great ride, snagging a spot on the podium. The women were riding well too, but a small crash mid-race set them back in the standings.

    Saturday afternoon the team tackled a cold and windy road race in Piney Flats, TN.  In the Women's B race, Sophie Allen, Leah Silverman, and Mackenzie George all showed improvement from previous weeks and finished 8th, 11th, and 15th respectively. In the 44 mile Men's B race, Bergen West showed his form is on the rise by notching a top 10 finish. Last up were Sam Morkal-Williams and Paul Wright, competing in the Men's A race. Morkal-Williams and Wright are racing increasingly effectively as a duo, and Wright was able to bridge up to the day's successful break away mid-race. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to sustain the effort and was forced to drop back to the main group with 10 miles still to race. Morkal-Williams then took over and sprinted to a 14th place finish from a much reduced main field.

    Sunday the team competed in the criterium race in downtown Elizabethton. The race features a flat, four corner crit course, and typically promotes fast, exciting racing! First up for the Owls was the Women's B race. Allen backed up her podium finish last weekend with another stellar ride, taking 4th in the field sprint. Silverman also had her best ride of the year, nearly staying on the lead lap with a really strong ride. George also rode well in a strong showing for the Owls.

    In the Men's B race, West and Miron Golfman showed some impressive teamwork. West tried and early move, aided by Golfman's efforts to slow the pack by blocking. Though the move was ultimately unsuccessful, it did wear down the other riders in the field significantly. West rode conservatively in the second half of the race, staying on other riders' wheels and recovering enough to take 2nd in the sprint to the line. Last up was the Men's A race. Morkal-Williams and Wright rode well, taking turns covering the moves and making sure that if a break got away that the Owls would be represented. After 75 minutes of aggressive racing the field was all together though, with the big teams shutting down all the moves. Wright was able to position himself well and took 15th in the sprint, with Morkal-Williams not far behind.

    It was a great way to wrap up a successful conference season for the Owls. The team finished the year ranked 6th among Varsity teams in the Southeast, and the squad is looking forward to the Collegiate National Championships later this month.