INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Belmont Abbey Cycling wrapped up the 2017 USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championship Saturday with another title and more medalists, capping the best weekend in the history of the two-year program.
Johnny Kuhfahl, who last night captured the national championship in the Points Race, earned his second title by finishing first in the Scratch Race. He covered the 36 laps (12km) in a time of 14:39.7 after claiming the 11th of 14 spots in the morning qualifier. Jesse Kooistra finished third in the Scratch Race with Keith Mullaly 10th.
The day started with Kooistra leading the Crusaders to a second-place finish in the team pursuit competition with a school-record time of 4:37.809 was the best in school history. Kuhfahl and Nick Oestreich, who also claimed the Sprint national championship last night, finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the KILO Time Trial.
With his two titles and other top finishes, Kuhfahl was the top male rider in the omnium (all events standings). Kooistra, Mullaly and Oestreich tooks places six, seven and eight.
"This weekend was all about teammates helping each other," Head Coach Derek Dalzell said. "From ensuring wheels were ready to having water available after events. Everyone did their part to help the team move in one fluid motion. While the championships will be remembered forever, it was the small details that added up to the big results. I couldn't be any prouder of the guys and how they went about their business."
During the weekend, Belmont Abbey captured nine individual medals, three individual national championships and had the male omnium national champion.