By: Ben Anderson
Fueled by several impressive individual performances, the Warren Wilson College mountain bike team won Division II of the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference Championships in Clemson, S.C., Oct. 13-14.
Senior Kylie Krauss and junior Patrick Hurley raced to women’s and men’s overall individual titles through their performances in the competition’s four events: short track, cross country, dual slalom and downhill. Senior Ashlee Robison, a former national champion, won titles in the women’s dual slalom and downhill, finishing ahead of all female racers from divisions I and II.
The conference team title gives Warren Wilson coach Art Shuster even more confidence in looking toward the mountain bike nationals Oct. 26-28 in Banner Elk, noting that "we have more depth than we’ve ever had." The Owls have finished second in the Division II national team competition in each of the past four years.
Two teams from Tennessee, Cumberland University and East Tennessee State University, finished second and third in the Division II conference championships. National powerhouse Lees-McRae College took the Division I conference title, ahead of second-place University of Florida.