MIT Cycling Team Wins Big at Nationals—Again!
Posted by Amy Marcott under Athletics
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Last Saturday, the student athletes of the MIT Cycling Team won the Division II team omnium (overall award) at the 2009 USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships in Trexlertown, Pa., for the second year in a row—in only their third showing at this national competition. In addition, MIT’s Mike Garrett, a grad student studying nuclear engineering, took fifth in the individual men’s omnium, and Laura Ralston, a grad student studying economics, took 12th in the individual women’s omnium.
The MIT Cycling Team actually has a history of doing well at the different national competitions, winning cyclocross, road, and track at least once each in just the last four years and placing individuals on some of the top podium steps. Two years ago, for example, Jason Sears was the men’s individual champion at the track nationals. Given the level of competition, those are all fantastic achievements, especially for a club sport.
In this points race, Mike Garrett (center, on black and white bike) managed a heroic effort and actually lapped the field. That doesn't happen often in this level of competition and he shot up in the rankings because of it. All photos courtesy Nick Loomis.
Some of MIT's women cyclists.
Members of the MIT community helped support the team. The 484 Phi Alpha Foundation, a group of involved MIT alumni who have also sponsored K-12 science mentoring programs at MIT, provided funding for a larger group of students to attend the tournament this year. The team is also sponsored by alumni-owned companies Exponent and k3 Corp, along with FXDD and Morgan Stanley.
The champs celebrate on the podium (left). Members of the MIT Cycling Team, in no particular order, are: Yuri Matsumoto, Martha Buckley, Laura Ralston, Guo-Liang Chew, Zach Labry, Matt Blackburn, Jose Soltren, Nick Loomis, Mike Garrett, Tim Humpton, and Jason Sears.