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Southeastern Collegiate Race - Banner Elk, North Carolina

Posted by: Shannon Boffeli |November 11, 2011 4:36 AM

Southeastern Conference Collegiate Mountain Bike Finale - Banner Elk, North Carolina

Lees-McRae and Union College Take Conference Titles

written by: Matthew Williams

The SECCC wrapped up its season this past weekend at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC. With both individual and team titles on the line, riders were geared up for a hard weekend of racing, and though rain had soaked the courses throughout the week, the sun was back in time for the start of the cross country race on Saturday morning. The technical cross country course featured a number of steep, punchy climbs, followed by technical descents with plenty of wet roots and rocks. It was a true "east coast” course and favored an all around rider for the win.

In the women’s race is was New Hampshire native Eva Wilson (Warren Wilson College) who produced the upset of the weekend—taking the win over Kara Uhl (Union) and Lees-McRae’s Erica Zaveta. Wilson continued her stellar weekend by taking second behind Zaveta in the short track and 4thin the dual slalom. Wilson also secured the Division 2 women’s omnium title, while Zaveta took home the Division 1 title.

On the men’s side it was Lees-McRae’s Kerry Werner who continued his dominance in endurance events—winning both the cross country and the short track in convincing fashion. Despite his best efforts though Werner could not pull off a win in the individual omnium. He was beat out by Victor Alber (Florida), who took home the Division 1 omnium thanks to top 3 finishes in the cross country and short track, as well as a stellar result in dual slalom. Wesley Lamberson (Union) locked up the omnium title for Division 2.

All that remained were the team titles, which were all but decided coming into the weekend. Union College and Lees-McRae had dominated conference competition all season long, so it was no surprise to anyone when they won the Division 2 and Division 1 crowns respectively on Sunday afternoon.

Next up is Collegiate National Championships at Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico.

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