While the Fort Lewis College mens and womens cyclocross teams missed out on claiming any individual championships, it was still a strong finish for the Skyhawks at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships on Sunday in Bend, Ore.
Ashley James, a member of the Appalachian State cycling team, claimed the national championship in the womens Division I race by more than 20 seconds over Kaitlin Antonneau of Marian University. But not far behind them was a quintet of Skyhawks. Sarah Sturm, Kaila Hart, Missy Erickson, Lauren Catlin and Nathalie Krantz finished fifth through ninth, all coming in within a minute of each other.
Just missing out on giving FLC six in the top 10 of the womens event was Lauren Taylor, who finished 41 seconds behind 10th place Cinthia Lehner of Lees-McCrae. FLCs final rider, Anne Cheeney, finished 19th.
In the Division I mens event, Zach McDonald from the University of Washington-Seattle won in 41 minutes, 30 seconds, clipping University of Colorado racer Chris Hurst by 8 seconds.
The Skyhawks put a quartet in the top 10 in the mens event. Colton Andersen was FLCs top finisher in sixth place, 1:06 behind McDonald. On his heels were teammates Eric Emsky in seventh, Rotem Ishay in ninth and Jack Hinkens in 10th.
Just missing out on the top 10 were Lucas Perez and Brendan Shafer, who finished 12th and 13th, respectively. Gregory Carpenter finished 20th for Fort Lewis, and teammate Ryan Cleveland finished 33rd.