Case Cycling finished the collegiate track season Sept. 22 by achieving its second-ever national ranking. Only in its second year, Case Cycling’s track program sent two riders to the USA Cycling (USAC) Collegiate Track Nationals in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Graduate student Jenna Tomasevich and senior David Takahashi competed in more than three days of intense racing against the best in the country. Tomasevich placed 48th in the Individual Women’s Omnium and scored enough points to place Case Western Reserve University in 15th place overall for Division II.
Prior to competing at nationals, Case Cycling enjoyed a hard-fought, record-setting track season in the regional Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference (MWCCC). The season consisted of two races: one at the Indy Cycloplex at Marian University and one at the Cleveland Velodrome.
Case Western Reserve sent seven riders to Marian and saw multiple top-10 finishes. Case Cycling emerged on top at the Cleveland Velodrome race, which doubled as the MWCCC Time Trial Regional Championships.
In the Individual Men’s Omnium, senior David Takahashi took first, while sophomore Sam Sprawls placed second. Sophomores Avery Cross and Matthew Swartwout tied for eighth, with first-year student Evan Guarr in 10th.
Graduate student Anneke Frankemolle took first place in the Individual Women’s Omnium, with medical student Daniela Mehech in second place. Graduate student Jenna Tomasevich took sixth place, and junior Mallory Busso placed seventh.
These top finishes gave Case Cycling a commanding lead in the MWCCC Track Team Omnium. Last year, Case Cycling finished first in Division II. This year, it finished first overall, beating every Division I and II school in the Midwest.
Now that the track season has concluded, the team will refocus its efforts onto cyclocross, participating in both collegiate competitions and the Northeast Ohio Cyclocross (NEOCX) Series, and will co-host the NEOCX season finale with the Cleveland Velodrome on Dec. 14.
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