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by Chris Bagg and Ted Burns

Division 1 Collegiate Men

Division 1 Collegiate Men Winner Kerry Werner (Lees-McRae College) shows everybody where he goes to school

Division 1 Collegiate Men Winner Kerry Werner (Lees-McRae College) shows everybody where he goes to school

On the early morning frozen ground, Division 1 Collegiate Men opt for different lines ©Tim Westmore

On the early morning frozen ground, Division 1 Collegiate Men opt for different lines ©Tim Westmore

VERONA, WISCONSIN—Temperatures approached normal today outside of Madison, and collegiate racers returned to Badger Prairie Park to find frozen ruts instead of yesterday’s mud. They made adjustments, running slightly higher tire pressures, and lap times dropped as speeds picked up. Fort Lewis College, third in the team competition yesterday after the women’s race, needed a win and many riders in the top ten to take the championship, and sent two riders, Skyler Trujillo and Eric Emsky, to the front early in an attempt to shut the door on leaders Lees-McRae. “Our team director said we’d have to win for sure to take the team competition,” said Trujillo at the finish line.

Despite their best intentions and attempts, Kerry Werner of Lees-McRae College was not to be denied, powering away from an early group of five to take the individual championship and lead his teammates to the team victory. College racing, scored similarly to cross-country running, in which packing the front of the race with as many competitors as possible is crucial, lent an importance to every racer’s positions, and athletes fought battles far back in the field. Supporters ran from corner to corner, exhorting their teams to “move up, move up!” In short, given the cold temperatures and mid-winter sun, nationals took on the flavor of a fall football match. Smiles were given and received, and the only thing missing was the band.

Fort Lewis and Lees McRae battled throughout the weekend for individual and overall titles. ©Cyclocross Magazine

Fort Lewis and Lees McRae battled throughout the weekend for individual and overall titles. ©Cyclocross Magazine

“The women set us up well yesterday,” an exuberant Werner said at the finish line. After building a big lead, Werner was able to hold Trujillo off by only 13 seconds, who worked together with Emsky to try to bring the Lees-McRae rider back on the last lap. Werner said he and his team had been riding the course at night, trying to get a sense of the frozen course rather than the thawed one, and he said the course was navigable, if treacherous. Trujillo, who raced in the U23 race yesterday, said “We made these ruts yesterday, so now we had to deal with them when they froze!” The Fort Lewis rider has raced in Europe,  and said that conditions yesterday more closely mimicked what he’d experienced across the pond. “Over there it’s mostly a lot of mud; things don’t freeze there like this.”

Full results below the photos and videos.

Division Two Collegiate Men

Bahnon in the lead on lap 1 - Collegiate men division 2. 2012 Cyclocross National Championships. © Cyclocross Magazine

Bahnson in the lead on lap 1 ahead of Hurst- Collegiate men D2, 2012 Cyclocross National Championships. © Cyclocross Magazine

Jeff Bahnson, third in yesterday’s U23 race, lined up in the third in the DII Men’s race in a pink wool jersey with his school’s name, Green Mountain College, pinned on the back. Despite his Clark Kent-style camouflage Bahnson made contact with the leaders halfway through the first lap, and then established a six second lead by lap’s end, a margin which he lengthened with apparent ease lap after lap.

Bahnson surges on the climb to catch the leaders. Collegiate Men Division 2.  ©Cyclocross Magazine

Bahnson surges on the climb to catch the leaders. Collegiate Men Division 2. ©Cyclocross Magazine

Mars Hill College rider Timothy Jenkinson snagged the hole shot, but had some early bad luck which drove him into the pit before he had even completed a lap. “I felt my wheel dropping out, it obviously wasn’t tight enough after I got off the trainer,” said Capetown, South Africa student Jenkinson after the race “Next lap around I had to pit again; my shifting was all out, so I changed bikes for the second time and just started to chase.”

Division 2 Collegiate Men Silver Medalist Timothy Jenkinson exchanges bikes. ©Tim Westmore

Division 2 Collegiate Men Silver Medalist Timothy Jenkinson exchanges bikes. ©Tim Westmore

As Bahnson extended his lead to almost a minute and started lapping riders, the battle for second place heated up when Jenkinson caught Tanner Hurst (Cumberland University) with one lap to go. Jenkinson’s grit put him in a head-to-head battle with Hurst on the last lap.  Jenkinson, who is riding his second collegiate cross series for Mars Hill college, widened his gap last time up the hill which had started to soften up as temperatures crept above freezing.

“It started to get a lot more technical the last two laps as it started to melt and get real slick,” said Bahnson, who is currently undeclared at Green Mountain College, a school traditionally known for its skiing program, not cycling. Bahnson, who is done for the season, is ready for cyclocross to end for the year. The U23 rider does not have any plans to head over to Europe for World Cups or Worlds. “I’m going skiing this winter … Killington!”


Division 1:

  1. Marian
  2. Lees Mc-Rae
  3. Fort Lewis

Division 2:

  1. Mars Hill
  2. Cumberland
  3. U.S. Military Academy

Results beneath Videos and Photos

Division 1 Photo Gallery by Tim Westmore:

Division 1 Photo Gallery by Andrew Yee:

Division 2 Photo Gallery

Kerry Werner Interview:
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Skyler Trujillo Interview:
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D1 Results:

PlaceNameCity, StateBibTeam
1Kerry WERNERBanner Elk, NC156Lees-McRae College
2Skyler TRUJILLOFort Collins, CO175Fort Lewis College
3Eric EMSKYDurango, CO183Fort Lewis College
4Joshua JOHNSONFort Wayne, IN169Marian University
5Rotem ISHAYDurango, CO179Fort Lewis College
6Dylan STUCKIDurango, CO155Fort Lewis College
7Ryan DORSEYWoodland Park, CO152Fort Lewis College
8Patrick BRADLEYRichwood, NJ172Rutgers University-New Brunswick/Piscataway
9Bradford PERLEYBanner Elk, NC180Lees-McRae College
10Daniel GEROWGrosse Pointe Farms, MI189Marian University
11Alder MARTZCharlotte, NC190Marian University
12Weston LUZADDERCarmel, IN174Marian University
13Nathan LARSONBanner Elk, NC186Lees-McRae College
14Robbie JONESDurango, CO161Fort Lewis College
15Taylor LADDPaducah, KY196Lindsey Wilson College
16Ryan CLEVELANDDurango, CO159Fort Lewis College
17Davis BENTLEYMill Valley, CA181Lees-McRae College
18Joseph MALONEYMadison, WI165University of Wisconsin-Madison
19Brandon FEEHERYHomewood, IL157Lindenwood University
20Benjamin COLEMANBurlington, VT170University of Vermont
21Alexander MARTINWausau, WI167University of Wisconsin-Madison
22Ben STALKERDurango, CO168Fort Lewis College
23Logan VONBOKELFort Collins, CO164Colorado State University
24Adam PROSISEAmes, IA185Iowa State University
25Matias PERRETIowa City, IA160University of Iowa
26Ezra MULLENNottingham, NH184Lees-McRae College
27Neal FORBESColumbus, IN151Marian University
28Joseph JOHNSONSalt Lake City, UT182Utah Valley University
29Pat TERRYMapleton, UT153Utah Valley University
30Sam DRIESWest Bend, WI177University of Wisconsin-Madison
31Andrew TEMPLETONAlbuquerque, NM166University of New Mexico
32Joseph WELSHCordova, TN188Lees-McRae College
33Sean LEADERKnoxville, TN163University of Tennessee-Knoxville
34Kevin SEVERSAmes, IA162Iowa State University
35Ashton WISCHMEIERColumbus, IN191Indiana University-Bloomington
36dylan KNUTSONEagan, MN192Lees-McRae College
37Will MEGERLa Crosse, WI176Marian University
38Adam KAYEAnn Arbor, MI154University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
39David YOHEIndianapolis, IN178Marian University
40Zachary DORSEYLouisville, KY194Lindsey Wilson College
41Jesse LEONARDBettendorf, IA158Iowa State University
42James BROWNSimpsonville, KY193Lindsey Wilson College
43Reed BAGLEYLexington, KY171Lindsey Wilson College
44Marshall GREENEMadison, WI173University of Wisconsin-Madison
DNFJohnathan FRETERColumbus, OH195Lindsey Wilson College
DNFZeb KINGBoone, NC187Appalachian State University

D2 Results:

1Jeffrey BAHNSONNewark, DE258Green Mountain College
2Timothy JENKINSONMars Hill, NC238Mars Hill College
3Tanner HURSTGallatin, TN246Cumberland University
4Zachary SEMIANMertztown, PA252Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
5Adam MILLERColorado Springs, CO236Colorado College
6Andrew LYSAGHTSomerville, MA230Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7Austin JONESLewisville, NC231Wake Forest University
8Corey DAVISDanville, VA233Mars Hill College
9Cimarron WORTHAMCambridge, MA227Massachusetts Institute of Technology
10Christopher MONDIEKDublin, OH247Rochester Institute of Technology
11Cole SPRAGUEBend, OR242Reed College
12Devin WAGNERMarlborough, CT250Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
13Brian MORRADurango, CO226University of Idaho
14Britton KINNARDNashville, TN244Cumberland University
15Buckley BIRKHOLZEauclaire, WI239University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
16Thomas ANDERSONMoscow, ID249University of Idaho
17Peter HAGERTYSouth St. Paul, MN261Rochester Institute of Technology
18Chris CARRAWAYWashington, DC255Georgetown University
19Joseph NEARSomerville, MA229Massachusetts Institute of Technology
20Gregory GROSICKIWinston-salem, NC254Wake Forest University
21Benjamin SENKERIKRipon, WI251Ripon College
22Brae PATTENGunnison, CO257Western State College of Colorado
23James MCCABEBridgewater, NJ259Wake Forest University
24Logan LUKERTulsa, OK228Cumberland University
25Michael ROBINSONMars Hill, NC248Mars Hill College
26Aaron CASEYKingsport, TN234East Tennessee State University
27Jesse PISELGunnison, CO260Western State College of Colorado
28Nick GARCIAWest Point, NY262US Military Academy
29Matthew WARBRICKTuxedo Park, NY263Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
30Kevin RUTHERFORDWest Point, NY240US Military Academy
31Steven RUSNAKWest Point, NY245US Military Academy
32Stephen ROGACKIWestpoint, NY241US Military Academy
33Nathan YADONEau Claire, WI232University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
34Gregory KEITHBirmingham, AL237US Military Academy
35Patrick BASTIANELLIWest Point, NY235US Military Academy
36Zachary LABRYSomerville, MA256Massachusetts Institute of Technology
37Lance CHARLTONWest Point, NY264US Military Academy
38Thomas DEVANEWest Point, NY243US Military Academy
DNSAnsel SCHIMPFFGunnison, CO253Western State College of Colorado