The UA Cycling Club made a strong showing at its opening collegiate event of the season, capturing victories in all three races at the ASU Criterium last Sunday.
The Criterium served as one of three qualifying races that determine which college teams in the Southwestern Conference advance to May's National Collegiate Cycling Championships in South Carolina. Last year UA placed 10th as a team, recording a second place finish on the men's side and an eighth place finish on the women's.
The women were led by senior Christine Mares, who won the race after breaking away early. Teammate Nancy Ellis, a graduate student, came in second, out-sprinting NAU rider Jennifer Menton to the finish line. UA senior Cheryl Lacotta managed to cross the line in fourth position despite her involvement in a crash halfway through the race.
The men's collegiate "A" team placed seven of its riders in the top 10, led by graduate student Kraig Schulz and senior Justin Peschka, who finished first and second respectively.
The men's collegiate "B" race was also dominated by UA riders when graduate student Brent Skeen scored his first cycling victory of his career and Luwin Lazo took third.
UA's next qualifying races for Nationals will take place in Flagstaff April 11 before the team hosts its own event in Tucson May 2.
In weekend club sport action: The Laxcats defeated Loyola Marymount 14-10 and Santa Barbara 12-9 at Wildcat Field.
The rugby team notched a 32-14 exhibition win over Buckinghamshire College of England. Look for complete game stories in tomorrow's Wildcat.
Thirty-two former UA athletes will be honored at the Alumni Association Centennial Achievement Awards Dinner April 18 at Old Tucson Studios.
Awards will be presented to 160 people at the dinner, which commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the Alumni Association's existence.
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