Milligan cycling wins 2nd national championship of 2015

The Milligan Cycling team after winning the Track National Championship. (Photo Courtesy: Milligan Athletics)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 19, 2015) – It will be tough for the Milligan College cycling team to top last year’s success, but the Buffaloes got off to a great start in 2015-16 by winning the USA Cycling Track National Championship, which represents the second team national championship in the history of Milligan athletics and second straight national championship for the cycling program.

The Buffs first two days of the three-day event featured several solid finishes on the men’s side as Grayson Brookshire and David Duquette took top-25 finishes, with the help of Carlo Villarreal, in individual pursuit, sprint and points races. The women’s side started the weekend off with a sixth-place effort in women’s pursuit. Zoe Mullins and Tori Kanizer helped Rachel Swan to a top-15 and Stephanie Cucaz to a top-25 finish in the points race.

“I am really proud of everyone on the team and of all the hard work the team has put in,” said Head Coach Zack Nave. “We have been hard at work since school started preparing for track nationals, and they have grown individually and as a unit every day.”

On May 10 of last season, the Buffs became the first team national champions in Milligan’s history by winning the Road Race National Championship.

The Buffs seemed primed to win a national championship last season after seeing plenty of success in their other championship events throughout the 2014-15 year. Milligan was runner-up at this very same Track National Championship, runner-up at the Cyclocross National Championship, and the 14th-place team at the Mountain Bike National Championship.

Next up, the Buffs will round out their fall on the Mountain Biking circuit by traveling to King University in Bristol, Tennessee, on Oct. 3-4, followed by Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky, on Oct. 10-11.

(Courtesy Milligan Athletics)

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