By: Ben Anderson
Impressive individual performances by Patrick Hurley and Kylie Krauss helped Warren Wilson College finish second in the team standings (Division II) of the 2006 USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships.
The Owls placed second behind Western State College in the competition held Oct. 20-22 at Angel Fire Resort, high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. It marked the fourth year in a row that Warren Wilson was runner-up in the championships, after a third-place finish in 2002.
Hurley, a sophomore from Arnold, Md., finished third in the men's overall individual standings. Krauss, a junior from Bay Village, Ohio, took fifth for the second consecutive year in the women's overall standings. The overall, or omnium, standings are determined by combining points from four events: short-track cross country, 4-cross, cross country and downhill.
Krauss was second in the women's short track and fourth in cross country. Hurley was fourth in the men's short track and sixth in 4-cross. Other Owl cyclists with high finishes were Camille Prevost, fifth in the women's 4-cross; and Lexy Lewis, eighth in the men's 4-cross.