Cycling Off to Fast Start at National Collegiate Track Championship

Cycling Off to Fast Start at National Collegiate Track Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Belmont Abbey got off to a fast start at the USA Cycling National Collegiate Track Championship Thursday, placing one cyclist in the sprint semifinals and three more in the men's points race final.

Defending sprint national champion Nick Oestreich qualified third during the morning session with a time of 11.419 seconds over 200 meters (63.053 km/h), then defeated Arne Egner of Colorado Mesa in the first round and Daniel Nesbitt of Marion in the quarterfinals. He will face Justin Butsavage of Penn State-Lehigh Valley during Friday's evening session.

Nat Worchester also qualified for the evening session, but lost his first round race. He rebounded to win the 9-12 race, earning a ninth-place standing.

In the first points qualifier of 48 laps (16k), Keith Mullaly finished second with 29 points, while Jesse Kooistra was third with 20 points. John Kuhfahl advanced from the second qualifier, tallying 10 points from his fifth-place finish. The 90-lap, 30k final will also take place on Friday.

Complete results can be found here.