Cyclists take second in ACCC opener at William & Mary
February 28, 2019 | Newport News, Va.
Liberty University's men's and women's cycling teams posted impressive spring season debuts in the Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference at Saturday's Tidewater Classic road race in York River State Park and Sunday's Todd Stadium Criterium in Newport News, Va.
The Flames and Lady Flames combined to finish tied for second with Virginia Tech with 156 points in the team standings, behind only Navy (173) out of 20 participating schools, followed by host William & Mary (fourth, 96), Duke (fifth, 86), North Carolina State (60), Wake Forest (59), Maryland (43), Appalachian State (42), Virginia (32), VCU (26), Johns Hopkins (22), and West Virginia (11).
"Saturday's road race was a fight against the cold, with lows in the mid-40s, and a non-stop downpour," first-year Head Coach Timo Budarz said.
Liberty's women's cyclists won both the road race and criterium with 50 points in both, followed by Navy (43 in both), Virginia Tech (32 in road race, 37 in criterium), William & Mary (37 in road, 32 in criterium), and Wake Forest (28 in road).
Senior Sarah Parker was the only Category A female racer and received 153 individual points (80 in the road race and 73 in the criterium). Senior Mattasyn Shisler placed second out of three cyclists in the Category B road race for 41 points and won the criterium for 40 more. Junior Heather Ziebart placed second out of seven Category C riders in the road race for 24 points and tied for third in the criterium for 13.
The Flames' men's team, meanwhile, placed sixth in the road race with 24 points and fourth in the criterium with 32 while Navy finished third for 37 points in the road race and first for 50 points in the criterium, Virginia Tech was first and third, respectively, in those two races and Duke earned 43 points for second-place showings in both.
Senior Freddie Shashaty won the 13-rider men's Category B road race for 48 points and the criterium for 45 for a first-place 93-point total. Junior Todd Yoder came in seventh with his 26-point fifth-place road race finish and 11-point ninth-place criterium performance. Senior Khoi Tran took 11th overall after placing 11th in the road race and 10th in the criterium.
After entering the men's open Category III/IV road race by mistake, Giovanni Bianco, a graduate student from Italy, wound up in a three-way tie for third out of 15 Category C collegiate racers on the strength of his criterium triumph for 25 points.
Flames freshman Max Galbraith placed fourth out of 31 contestants in the men's Category D races based on his fifth-place road showing and third-place criterium finish.
Liberty has three weeks to prepare for its next races, hosted by Virginia Tech on March 23-24 in Blacksburg, Va.