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Southeastern Collegiate Race - Asheville, North Carolina

Posted by: Matt Williams |October 20, 2011 2:49 AM

Southeast Collegiate Racing - Asheville, North Carolina

written by: Matthew Williams

The SECCC was back in action this weekend with a full slate of races at Asheville’s Alexander Park. The crew at Mar’s Hill had spent weeks revitalizing the long-abandoned Four Cross and Downhill tracks, and the finished just in time for the largest SECCC race of the season. With non-conference school’s Lindsey Wilson and Appalachian State in attendance there were stacked fields for every race.

Things kicked off with the gravity events on Saturday. Lindsey Wilson has a reputation for producing top-level gravity riders and they didn’t disappoint—taking the top spots in the men’s and women’s Four Cross and stacking the front end of the Downhill results.

Over 40 men contested the Short Track and Cross Country races, forcing the race promoters and coaches to do quick recalculations. The Short Track was quick, fast, and relatively technical—and ultimately the men’s race was split into two qualifying heats and a final. In the end the format didn’t really matter though as Lees-McRae’s Kerry Werner made it look easy in the final to take the win. In the women’s Short Track another Lees McRae rider, Erica Zaveta, did what she has done all year—she headed to the front and rode everyone off her wheel.

The Cross Country featured lots of flowing trails and punchy climbs, but after an hour and a half of racing the results were the same as the Short Track, with Lees McRae’s Werner and Zaveta taking the wins.

SECCC racers will be headed to Florida next weekend for a final test before the upcoming conference championships at Lees McRae in a few weeks. 

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