SNOWSHOE, W.Va. – For the first time in the short history of the King University cycling program, the Tornado have won a national title. Under second year head coach Alan Sparks the Tornado won the USA Cycling Division 2 Mountain Bike Cycling national champion and had a pair of individual national champions over the weekend.
KING RESULTS: 1st/37
LOCATION: Snowshoe, W.Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Tornado started the weekend with two national champions on Friday with Kaysee Armstrong and Cory Rimmer taking home titles in short track.
-On Saturday the duo duplicated the feat, both taking national championships in the cross country race.
-Not only did Rimmer and Armstong win two individual national titles, they both also won the individual omnium national championship.
-King capped the weekend with a solid day on Sunday as the Tornado won the team relay event.
-Along with Rimmer in the short track race, freshman Kyle Ellis finished in the top 10, taking sixth with William Guillen finishing 39th.
-Also in the women’s short track race, Jennifer Caicedo finished 12th, Emily Cox took 13th and Miranda Goodman finished 24th.
-Cox also finished in the top 10 in the cross country race, taking ninth while Goodman and Caicedo finished 18th and 19th, respectively.
-Following Rimmer in the cross country race was Ellis with another top 10 performance, finishing eighth.
-Armstrong finished her stellar weekend with a second place finish in the dual slalom and a fourth place finish in the downhill.
-Cox finished 10th in the downhill and followed that with a 14th place finish in the dual slalom.
-In the downhill race, Goodman took 15th and finished her weekend with an 11th place finish in the dual slalom.
-On the men’s side, King closed things out with Ellis finishing 20th in the downhill and Rimmer taking 29th -In the dual slalom, Rimmer took ninth while Ellis finished 14th and Guillen took 23rd.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
-The national championship marks King’s first in cycling and first in the mountain bike discipline.
-A season ago, in King’s first year sponsoring a full mountain bike team the Tornado finished fourth at the USA Cycling Mountain Bike Nationals Championships.
-Rimmer and Armstrong become the second and third individuals to win cycling national championships for King. Caicedo won a road national championship last spring.
-King begins the cyclocross season on November 7 at Virginia Tech.
(Courtesy King Athletics)