The leaders combated mud on the tough course conditions in Austin. © Cyclocross Magazine

The leaders combated mud on the tough course conditions in Austin. © Cyclocross Magazine

Austin, TX- The chaos of slippery mud conditions was compounded by two simultaneous Collegiate Women’s races on course this afternoon in Texas. Both Division 1 and Division 2 hit the slick, muddy course on two waves, separated by a few minutes. The D1 race hit the course first, Coryn Rivera (Marian University) and Ellen Noble (UMass Amherst) took an early lead, but Noble’s smooth riding style allowed her to break away from the group. Meanwhile, Chris Birch (MIT) and Allison Arensman (Brevard College) took charge as the D2 race began.

Sofia Gomez Villafane crashed hard but finished strong in 9th and brought a little course along with her

Sofia Gomez Villafane crashed hard but finished strong in 9th and brought a little course along with her

The D2 race leaders caught the back of the D1 race in the tight twists early in the course as racers slipped, slid, and fell on many of the course’s tricky sections. Noble rode clear, determinedly pedaling through the muddy off-cambers, and Rivera chased. Behind them, Emily Shields (Lees-McRae College) chased hard, and Arensman rode from the front row of the D2 start into top twenty of the D1 race.

Noble’s win looked certain with less than a half lap to go, her skills and power setting her thirty seconds above the chase; however, disaster struck. Rivera pitted with a bike issue, and quickly Noble snapped her derailleur in the final turns.

Shields’ conservative approach to tackling the technical conditions, running where others were struggling to ride, paid off. “You lose so much time crashing. Whole groups of girls would ride and fall in front of me, and I’d just run right by them,” said Shields. Shields tactical and determined racing won her the D1 race. Rivera fought back to second, and Emily Schaldach (University of Colorado Boulder) claimed third.

Emily Shields (Lees-McRae) almost snuck by Richard Fries. © Brian Nelson

Emily Shields (Lees-McRae) almost snuck by Richard Fries. © Brian Nelson

Meanwhile, Arensman stayed upright for the entire race and took the D2 win, her teammate Sarah Hill crossed the line second ahead of Chris Birch.
Tomorrow is another day for many of these collegiate women, including Ellen Noble, who will be looking for a luckier day in the Elite National Championships race tomorrow.

Allison Arensman (Brevard College) dominated the Women's D2. © Brian Nelson

Allison Arensman (Brevard College) dominated the Women’s D2. © Brian Nelson

Full results below the photo gallery.

Collegiate D1 and D2 Women – 2015 Cyclocross National Championships Photo Gallery:

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We chatted with D1 winner Shields and D2 winner Arensman after their races:

2015 Collegiate Women D1 Results

PlaceBibLastFirstTeamLicenseCity STTimeGap
1230SHIELDSEmilyLees-McRae College220875Advance NC41:48
2227RIVERACorynMarian University207432Tustin CA41:557
3229SCHALDACHEmilyUniversity of Colorado Boulder314034Durango CO42:4355
4226RATHBUNLaurelMarian University201838Monument CO42:491:01
5213FINCHAMPHannahLindenwood University301606Altadena CA43:111:23
6231SHIELDSKatherineLees-McRae College220876Advance NC43:321:44
7223NOBLEEllenUniversity of Massachusetts Amh282412Kennebunkport ME43:341:46
8210DEHORNEYTizianaUniversity of New Mexico269499Albuquerque NM44:262:38
9215GOMEZ VILLAFANESofiaFort Lewis College332624Durango CO45:393:51
10217KARASCorrieMarian University353448Rochester MI45:393:51
11220MALIKJenniferOhio State University429486Columbus OH46:344:46
12237WILSONAshleeUniversity of Colorado Boulder360313Boulder CO47:055:17
13216HUEBNEREmilyUniversity of Washington-Seattl388123Seattle WA47:435:55
14211ELBERSEmilyMarian University314836Syracuse NY48:096:21
15204ARNOLDGabriellaMarian University432692Indianapolis IN48:406:52
16207BRAMELEmilyLindsey Wilson College346420Little Canada MN49:147:26
17239MELCHERMckenzieSan Diego State University354114Mentone CA49:337:45
18228ROSSHannahMidwestern State University406318Pocatello ID49:407:52
19221MISSELRileyMarian University377467Grand Haven MI49:447:56
20209CHAVESMaddieFort Lewis College412973Ashland OR49:488:00
21241KRANTZNathalieNorthern Arizona University267760Flagstaff AZ50:108:22
22291xxxxxxLees-McRae College50:549:06
23202ALBRIGTSENJohanneUniversity of Colorado Boulder402490Boulder CO51:199:31
24208CHAPPELLGraceUniversity of North Carolina at358050Chapel Hill NC@1Lap
25243xxxxxxColorado State University@1Lap
26242FITZGERALDMaeganTexas A & M University417105Denton TX@1Lap
27206BOBECKJessicaUniversity of Colorado Boulder359346Fort Belvoir VA@1Lap
28218KELTERKatherineUniversity of Kansas390766Olathe KS@1Lap
29212FILIPPIMackenzieLees-McRae College318886Banner Elk NC@1Lap
30238WOODSCarolineFort Lewis College379226San Rafael CA@1Lap
31222NEICEEmilyMarian University355110Granger IN@1Lap
32234WEAVERAshleyMidwestern State University334082Wichita Falls TX@1Lap
33225PALERMOAngelinaMarian University377126Butler PA@1Lap
34235WENZELHollyUniversity of Arizona458067Phoenix AZ@1Lap
35232SMITHMccauleyFort Lewis College285844Boulder CO@1Lap
36233TUGGLEMadisonColorado State University310004Littleton CO@1Lap
37240KOTHMackenzieUniversity of Florida374637Wesley Chapel FL@2Laps
DNF224OWENSMeghanUniversity of Vermont399327Richmond VT
DNF203ALTERMANAllisonUniversity of Arizona398132Tucson AZ
DNS205BEALEMelanieColorado State University395130Fort Collins CO
DNS214GARDNERRebeccaFort Lewis College298049Marlboro NY
DNS236WHITEElizabethUniversity of Vermont209806Auburn NH

2015 Collegiate Women D2 Results

PlaceBibLastFirstTeamLicenseCity STTimeGap
162ARENSMANAllisonBrevard College307916Rutherford College NC43:39
274HILLSarahBrevard College387014Brevard NC44:431:04
361BIRCHChristinaMassachusetts Institute of Tech294746Somerville MA44:541:15
469COTTETMarieMilligan College448482Milligan College TN45:071:28
563ARMSTRONGKayseeKing University350474Knoxville TN46:503:11
688SOElizabethTulane University of Louisiana280608New Orleans LA48:094:30
765COLEJanelleBrevard College358569Rockford MI48:284:49
875HORBACHArianeColorado Mesa University414385Grand Junction CO48:575:18
992VANDERHOOPJulieMassachusetts Institute of Tech388174Woods Hole MA48:575:18
1087SHOOKPaigeMars Hill University423254Weaverville NC49:385:59
1168CLARKDanielleFurman University413867Davidson NC49:456:06
1281MILTONAnnaFranklin and Marshall College302207Northborough MA49:516:12
1377JONESAllisonWarren Wilson College359128Raleigh NC49:576:18
1479MARTINMaryjaneUniversity of Idaho416364Moscow ID@1Lap
1589SWANHannahMilligan College311541Alpine CA@1Lap
1667CHRISTOFALOSAlexMars Hill University392411Asheville NC@1Lap
1791UHLKaraUnion College-KY185730Smithville TX@1Lap
1882NORDAHLEmilyNorth Dakota State University418094Fargo ND@1Lap
1986ROSSIJaneRhode Island School of Design397923Providence RI@1Lap
2072DOANKaylaUniversity of Wisconsin-Plattev392989Belmont WI@1Lap
2171DITTMERArianaColorado Mesa University305828Grand Junction CO@1Lap
2276JEPPIGinnyColorado Mesa University380279Baltimore MD@1Lap
2370CUCAZStephanieMilligan College288099Lawrenceville GA@1Lap
2480MILLERMorganMilligan College323042Charleston TN@1Lap
2585PSZCZOLKOWSKIVirginiaWarren Wilson College425990Asheville NC@1Lap
2666CAICEDOJennfierKing University401270Greenville SC@1Lap
2795MIRANDASamanthaBrevard College218849Valley City OH@2Laps
2878MARCHIANDOSophiaRipon College242097Ripon WI@2Laps
2994FONGERSarahBrevard College425246Brevard NC@2Laps
3093WALSHAlyssaKing University395667Bristol VA@2Laps
3183OSBORNEKaneEast Tennessee State University449146Knoxville TN@2Laps
3273FREEMANEmilyMars Hill University414946Fayetteville TN@2Laps
DNS84OSBORNECorrieRipon College298510Mequon WI