Fort Lewis College crowned two more individual national champions Saturday on Day 2 of the Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort in Truckee, Calif.
Rotem Ishay, who won the mens Division I cross country national title Friday, repeated to win the short track Division I title Saturday.
Sage Wilderman of Fort Lewis, who was a close second in the cross country race, won the womens Division I short track race, helping to solidify Fort Lewis team lead over rival Lees-McRae of North Carolina.
Erica Zaveta of Lees-McRae finished second to Wilderman after edging the FLC cyclist Friday.
Sarah Sturm and Kaila Hart of Fort Lewis were third and fourth, respectively, giving the Skyhawks three finishers in the top four on the short track.
Nathalie Krantz was seventh for the Skyhawks. Lauren Catlin of FLC finished 15th.
For the FLC men, Jack Hinkens finished fifth. Colton Andersen was ninth and Trevor Downing 14th.
We had an awesome day, FLC cycling coach Matt Shriver said.
Our girls were amazing (Saturday), Shriver said. Sage won ... she rode really smart. She played a real tactical race. She made good decisions and never panicked.
He said Wilderman made her move and passed Zaveta with two laps to go.
Three in the top four ... that was huge, Shriver said as the Fort Lewis women won the short track team event.
For Sarah ... it was her first time on a podium (at a college race), Shriver said. All of our girls did awesome.
The FLC men also won the short track title.
The Skyhawks did lose a few points to Lees-McRae in the Saturday afternoon fourcross competition a four-cyclist simultaneous downhill, similar to snowboardcross racing.
We lost some points in fourcross, but we still have a good lead heading into (today), Shriver said.
The downhill races will wrap up the USA Cycling national championships today.
The gravity crew is ready to make a bit of a comeback after (Saturday), Shriver said. The Skyhawks were fourth in the fourcross team results, men and women, on Saturday.
Durango also claimed another national title when Howard Grotts of Colorado School of Mines won the Division II mens short track race Saturday.
Grotts, a former Durango DEVO rider and a freshman at Mines, also won the annual Squawker Mountain Bike Classic in Durango earlier this year.
FLCs Wilderman won that race on the womens side.
Fort Lewis is seeking its 17th national championship and fourth consecutive mountain biking title.