Track Nationals Report

 Written By Mandy Marquardt (PSU)


Collegiate track nationals strikes again, and Pennstate of the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference is on full domination. Once again in Indianapolis, Indiana. Instead of traveling 11hrs, we flew this time! Thankfully, all of our bikes and luggage arrived. Wahoo!

Marian University hosted a fueling taco dinner on Wednesday evening. It was great to see all old and new faces. This is my 2nd year racing collegiates and although it is still very competitive, it’s a blast. Everyone is on different levels, but at the end of the day the team boding, and experience makes traveling thousands of miles, and sitting in your chamois all worth it.

Thursday morning kicked off with the 3km, it was quite cold and windy. Times weren’t what I expected, but I finished 7th. Next was my favorite event yet, I was determined to defend my 500m title. And success! It was a great feeling to be on top of the podium again, and represent PennState. That evening we will went to Noodles & Co. Which was the place to be after each night of racing. Thank you for the free entrie coupons Noodle & Co! Carbloaded complete!

The following day was the points race, and I just had fun with that. It was a good warm up for the sprints, which I made it in the final with Coryn Rivera. She’s a great competitor, and I knew it was going to be a close race. I ended up 2nd. And 2nd in the overall omnium. Matt Baranoski, from PSU took gold in the Kilo and Sprints. I’d say it was a pretty successful nationals.

Big thank you to our coach Jim Young, he’s the best support and such a great spirit to be around. Also many thanks to Dean Peterson of Marian University, USA Cycling, Major Taylor Velodrome staff and volunteers for making this another successful collegiate nationals. Bring on 2012!

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