CONYERS, Ga. -
individual performances by Union riders catapulted the Bulldogs to their first
Southeast Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) Championship this weekend in an
event hosted by Georgia Tech.
Overall, it was the Bulldogs' sixth
conference crown in program history.
"I can't say enough about not only the kids
with top finishes, but the whole team." Said head coach Chuck Coffey. "Every single kid on this team can claim part of the
conference championship. They have all worked so hard and it was their mission
to win the conference championship."
Individually, Bulldog riders collected six
out of eight first place finishes. Leading the way was senior Rachel Millsop (Springdale, Ark.), who
earned the conferences Ladies Omnium Championship after earning four first-place
medals (time trial, cross country, short track and dual slalom).
"I have been around collegiate cycling for
over 10 years and can never remember seeing any rider male or female accomplish
the feat," noted Coffey.
On the men's side, senior Zach Winn (Port Hope, Canada) captured
the top spot in the time trial portion of the competition, while teammate Wesley Lamberson (Limestone, Tenn.)finished second and Brad Nelson (Carmel, Ind.) placed
fourth. In the short track, Lamberson captured his collegiate short track win
to lead the way, while Winn placed fifth in the event.
In cross country, the Bulldogs registered
three top 10 finishes with Winn leading the pack with a fourth place finish,
while in the dual slalom, Winn registered a strong second place finish.
Meanwhile on the women's side, freshman Catherine
Harnden (Ontario, Canada) finished a solid fourth in the slalom.
For their efforts, Winn and Millsop were
named the SECCC Male and Female Riders of the Year. It is the fourth time Winn
was won the top honor and the second for Millsop. Millsop last earned the award
Union's next race will be the College
Cycling Nationals at the Northstar Tahoe Resort in Truckee, Calif., which runs
from Oct. 15- 17.