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Back 9.15.2008

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.

Other highlights included:

  • Freshman Sinead Miler—second place in the women's omnium, third place in the women's 2k time trial, and fourth place in the women's 500m time trial.
  • Junior David Williams—second place in the men's 3k time trial, third plMegan Somerville ace in the men's omnium, sixth place in the men's points race, and seventh place in the men's kilometer time trial.
  • Senior Bennet van der Genugten—fourth place in the men's kilometer time trial, fifth place in the men's omnium, eighth place in the men's points race, and ninth place in the men's 3k time trial.
  • Junior Rebecca Finley—sixth place in the women's 2k time trial.
  • Senior Sierra Siebenlist—seventh place in the women's sprint.
  • Sophomore Anna Sklorenko—eighth place in the women's 500m time trial.
  • Sophomore Elizabeth Reilly—ninth place in the women's 500m time trial.
  • Freshman Rob Bush—10th place in the men's 3k time trial. Lining up for the Italian Pursuit
  • Sophomore Alex Wieseler—10th place in the men's points race.
Detailed results are available on the USA Cycling web site. For more information about Marian College cycling, contact Dean Peterson at 317.955.6340 or dpeterson@marian.edu. Or, visit the cycling page of the Marian College web site.