Marian College Wins Collegiate National Championships on Track
On Saturday, September 13, 2008, the Marian College cycling team won the collegiate track cycling national championship after a grueling three-day competition in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is the third year in a row the Knights have won title; they have also won the title 11 times in the last 14 years.
On Tuesday, September 30, there will be a celebratory dinner for the team at 7 p.m. at BadaBoomz Ale House & Grill, located at 4930 Lafayette Road in Indianapolis. Everyone is encouraged to stop by and congratulate the team.
Marian College won the team omnium with 899 points, while host Colorado State University earned second place with 842 points. The Knights also placed first in all three team events: the collegiate team pursuit, women's team pursuit, and men's team pursuit.
Head coach Dean Peterson commented, "Winning the team events at a national event sends a clear message about the work ethic, student leadership, and talent of the team overall." According to Peterson, both he and coach Jeff Hopkins felt that "this was a realistic goal for this team, and they did the work to make it happen. We are proud of the obvious teamwork and commitment the cycling team displayed to accomplish this goal."
Two cyclists won individual national championships, as well. Senior Sierra Siebenlist ranked first place in the women's 500m time trial, and freshman Sinead Miller ranked first place in the women's 14k points race.
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