COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Belmont Abbey's men's cycling team placed four riders in the Points Race final, highlighting the Crusaders' first day at the USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championship Thursday. The event concludes on Saturday.
- Three of Belmont Abbey's four riders qualified for the finals by being in the top 18 of the morning session. Nick Oestreich was sixth (10.952 seconds), while Nat Worcester was 11th in 11.096 seconds. Collin Tellechea was 19th in the qualifier at 11.386 seconds, but gained the final spot in the elimination races when one competitor dropped out. Trey Hedgecock was 22nd (11.433)
- Oestreich won his opening elimination race by 0.157 over Joshua Buchel of Midwestern State, while Worcester took out Noah Schlosser of Fort Lewis by 0.018 seconds. Tellechea lost his match by .421 seconds, then did not rebound in the repechage.
- In the evening session, Oestreich -- the two-time defending national champion -- defeated Andrew Guelzo of Piedmont in the 1/8 round, but was upset by in the quarterfinals. He will race for 5th-8th place tomorrow night.
- Worcester dropped his 1/8 race and could not advance out of the repechage, but rebounded to finished 10th with a runner-up standing in the 9-12 race.
- Belmont Abbey had a pair of riders in each of the two qualifying races. In the opener, Johnny Kuhfahl finished second with 40 points, while Lance Abshire was 15th. In the second race, Hedgecock placed seventh with Worcester 12th. All four riders will compete in the finals tomorrow night.