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Collegiate Track Nationals get underway in Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colo. (September 19, 2013) – Collegiate cycling period officially kicked off on Thursday as the 2013 USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships got underway at the Colorado Springs Velodrome in southern Colorado.

Although no Stars-and-Stripes jerseys had been awarded on day one, eighteen national titles will be claimed by the time the big event concludes on Saturday evening. The next couple of days are bound to be action-packed with 152 coeds signed up to race on what is considered the fastest track in the country (thanks to the altitude).

Perhaps the the majority of sought after prizes of the competition will be the Division I and II group omniums. The defending champs are usually Marian University for DI as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology just for DII.

USA Cycling caught up with Marian University senior Adam Leibovitz to talk a little bit about his team’s goals for that week.

“We’d like to take home the group omnium again, ” he stated. “We’ll also work toward the individual omnium but that comes down to how the race plays out and who events the best. We don’t necessarily race for a person for the omnium but we will work together if it comes down to one person. ”

Check out the video below for the complete conversation with Adam.

Thursday morning action incorporated 200-meter sprint qualifying. The evening session saw the early rounds of the sprint, as well as points race heats.

The night ended with the sprint quarterfinals and 9-12 finals. Moving on to the men’s sprint semifinals tomorrow will be Matthew Baranoski (Penn State), Kaleb Koch (Marian University), Aaron Kacala (Pikes Peak Community College), plus Conor Klupar (Bellevue College). In the women’s semis, we’ll see Mandy Marquardt (Penn State), Stephanie Torres (Marian University), Jennifer Valente (University of Colorado at Colorado Springs), and Coryn Rivera (Marian University).

Also on tap for Friday will be the sprint finals, individual pursuit, plus points race finals.

Stay tuned to www.usacycling.org for race reports and follow #CollNats on twitter for occasion updates.


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