Warren Wilson Owls
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    Cycling - Wed, May 3, 2017

    Grand Junction, C.O. - Heading into the final day of collegiate road nationals, the Warren Wilson College cycling team were in a three way race with King University and Western State Colorado University for the third spot on the DII Varsity podium.  Junior Sam Morkal-Williams and freshman Paul Wright went all in during the crit to try and bring home a big result for the team. Things were looking good, but Wright was held up by a crash on the last lap just as he was preparing to make his move. Morkal-Williams was still suffering from his efforts in the road race, and finished just behind Wright. Still both of them finished with the group in a race that less than half that starters finished! It was a race indicative of the weekend; the team was on form, and rode both intelligently and incredibly hard. In the end, the Owls missed the podium, but were excited to take 5th overall amongst DII teams, the program's best road nationals finish to date!

    "Everyone road super well. The women's team had their smoothest, most cohesive race of the year, and Bergen West dug incredibly deep to help make the men's result happen. Sam and Paul rode so well in the individual races. The results only partially reflect that. Paul showed himself to be one of the best climbers in the country in the road race. He's learning to read the races as well, and after this weekend it's clear its only a matter of time before he breaks through with a big result. He looked sharp in the crit as well, and if he hadn't been held up in a crash with 7 laps to go he may well have finished quote a bit better. Sam played the perfect teammate role in the road race, and just had an off day in the crit. But, given how he felt 20 minutes in, it's rather amazing that he finished with the field after 75 minutes of racing. It's a testament to his grit for sure. We've got Sam, Paul, and our whole women's team, plus some new recruits coming back next year, so it should only get better," added head coach Matt Williams.

    For full results, check out USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals.