January 20, 2015
Pity Kerry Shields.
He’d filled an oversized van with gear and driven halfway across the country to watch his twin daughters compete for national championships in cyclocross bicycle racing.
To be sure, it’s a niche sport followed mostly by the riders, their friends and families and hardcore spokeheads. The crowds that turned up to watch in a muddy city park in Austin, Texas last weekend wouldn’t rival that found at an average high-school football game.
Still, for the Shieldses – and their beleaguered father — it was the culmination of 10 years of hard work, a rare shot at being the best in the country in a sport they love.
January 14, 2015
Senior Emily Shields claimed the national title in the women's Division I cyclocross and the Lees-McRae cycling teams grabbed third overall in the Division I team omnium at the 2015 USA Cycling Collegiate Cyclocross Nationals in Austin, Texas.
October 30, 2014
Pinkbike.com featured several Lees-McRae riders in their coverage of the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate MTB Nationals held on Beech Mountain October 24-26.
August 26, 2014
By Jay Schultz of Pinkbike
We paid a visit to Lees-McRae College in downtown Banner Elk, to see if we could get some insight into secrets that lay behind these doors. What did we find out? We were told if we spilled the beans, it would be the last frame we'd ever take. Besides, no one showed us the secret hand shake.
May 13, 2014
Lees-McRae College conferred degrees upon 202 graduates during commencement exercises Saturday, May 10 inside Williams Gymnasium on the campus in Banner Elk.
May 05, 2014
Lees-McRae senior field athlete Evan Webb has been named the Conference Carolinas Men’s Field Performer of the Year, the conference announced Monday morning.
April 21, 2014
Lees-McRae senior Tyler Dunn has been named the Conference Carolinas Men’s Indoor Track & Field Winter Scholar Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced Monday morning.
April 11, 2014
On Thursday, April 10, Lees-McRae rolled up its sleeves and celebrated its 10th annual Mountain Day of Service. The day began with a kick-off in Evans Auditorium where participants received T-shirts and supplies. Throughout the day, groups spent time throughout campus working on projects such as painting, planting flowers, collecting recycling and giving the campus a good spring cleaning.
April 07, 2014
Former Lees-McRae student and current pro golfer Will MacKenzie was featured in an article by The New York Times which included an interview with Will and a timeline of his career on the PGA Tour.
April 04, 2014
Lees-McRae College is proud to announce that incoming freshman, Sam Pugh, has been named the winner of the 2nd annual Video Essay Scholarship Contest. As the winner, Pugh will receive a $2,000 annual scholarship that is renewable for up to four years as long as he maintains a 2.5 cumulative GPA.
March 18, 2014
Rita Smith, chair of the division of nursing and allied health, was featured in the National Athletic Trainers’ Association News Magazine in the January edition.
Smith has been at Lees-McRae since 1983, where she started as an athletic trainer, assistant basketball and assistant tennis coach.
March 18, 2014
Lees-McRae freshman Treven Salminen has been named to the 2014 Finnish National Lacrosse Team for this summer's World Championships in Commerce City, Colo.
March 05, 2014
Lees-McRae senior Persephanie McRae won the women’s high jump while senior teammate Kortnie Curry finished second to pace the LMC Track & Field squads at the Conference Carolinas Indoor Track & Field Championship at JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, N.C.
February 19, 2014
Tusculum coach Richard Carrington and Lees-McRae coach Darry Thornton will stride toward each other and shake hands, establishing the contest as the first-ever between two black head coaches at the Division II level, and just the second known meeting in NCAA men's lacrosse history.
February 05, 2014
Other than being known for the place where current Unaka High School head coach Aaron Dugger stood out in the mid-2000s, Lees-McRae basketball has basically been irrelevant since making the move to NCAA Division II in the mid-1990s.
January 16, 2014
The Lees-McRae athletic department is proud to announce that 140 student-athletes have been named to the 2013 Fall Presidential Honor Roll, the conference office announced Wednesday afternoon.
January 14, 2014
The Lees-McRae cycling team finished third in the Division I Collegiate Cyclocross National Championship, while tallying 192 points. Senior Kerry Werner claimed his second consecutive individual title over the weekend on the men's side in Boulder, Colo.
January 13, 2014
Kerry Werner (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College) successfully defending his title as the Division I men's national champion after he completed his six-lap race in 47:26. Werner, who won this national title for third time today, turned five of his six laps in under eight minutes.
January 09, 2014
In January 2014, Lees-McRae College named Chris Parker as Director of Sports Information. Parker was most recently the Assistant Sports Information Director at Brevard College, a member of the South Atlantic Conference and a fellow NCAA Division II institution.
December 11, 2013
The Lees-McRae College women's cross country team has earned the Conference Carolinas Team Sportsmanship Award for the first time in program history, announced league officials Tuesday.
December 09, 2013
Lees-McRae College has been awarded the annual Alan Sharp Award for Conference Carolinas, marking the first time in the school’s history. For the 2011-12 academic year 93% of scholarship athletes graduated within six years of coming onto the Lees-McRae campus.
October 29, 2013
The Collegiate Mountain Bike Nationals at Beech Mountain Resort got off to a snowy start on Oct. 24, but by the end the Lees-McRae Bobcats made it to the podium to take third place overall in the second national championship in the 2013 collegiate season. Nearly 350 students from 50 different colleges and universities were in attendance.
October 28, 2013
Kerry Werner (Birdsboro, Pa.) captured the individual omnium for the second time in his career as the Lees-McRae College cycling team placed a total of five riders on the individual omnium podiums en route to a third-place finish at the USA Cycling Collegiate Mountain Bike Natonal Championships at the Beech Mountain Ski Resort on Sunday.
October 17, 2013
Craig McPhail has been elevated to Vice President of Athletics and Club Sports at Lees-McRae College, announced College officials Tuesday. McPhail has served as Director of Athletics since 2009 and the athletic department has enjoyed a golden age of growth since then, including upgraded facilities and the reinstatement of the Fred I. Dickerson Hall of Fame banquet.
October 09, 2013
Where do you start? When a coach takes over a team that has lost 43 of its last 44 games dating back to 2010, what is his first move? Do you start from scratch – just burn the whole thing down and go from there? Or do you take what you've got and do your best? That was the dilemma facing Darry Thornton when he accepted the daunting task of reshaping the Lees-McRae (N.C.) College lacrosse team. Fresh off an 0-15 campaign in 2013 when the Bobcats were outscored 264-48, which computes to an average loss of 18-3, Lees-McRae had only 19 players returning and some pretty grim prospects.
October 05, 2013
The Lees-McRae College athletic department inducted three new members into the Fred I. Dickerson Hall of Fame on Friday evening, honoring its 2013 class of Jennifer Calderwood King ’01, Amanda Cook Sorrow ’02, and Ried Estus on a magical evening in McDonald Dining Hall on the Lees-McRae campus.
August 16, 2013
Lees-McRae College will hold its opening Convocation ceremony on Thursday August 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the Broyhill Theatre of Hayes Auditorium. Opening Convocation is an important part of the academic tradition at Lees-McRae. Literally a 'coming together' of the College community, Opening Convocation celebrates the beginning of the academic year and welcomes new and returning students to campus. 2012 Lees-McRae College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Tanger Properties, Elder Manuel Jessup ’76 will give the keynote address, “Holding On To Your Vision.”
July 23, 2013
Former Lees-McRae College standouts Brent Bookwalter '06 (BMC Racing) and Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) capped the 100th Tour de France in style on Sunday, sprinting to the finish on the Champs Elysees in the City of Light while living out their dreams of riding with the best in the world.
July 16, 2013
By Andrew Talansky, courtesy of Velo News (photo by Graham Watson)
VAUCLUSE, France (VN) — If you looked at stage 14 of the Tour de France, on paper, you would have seen a lumpy day with some small hills, and nothing really of note. In reality, it was from it. Again, just as we had in the Pyrénées, our team had an inkling that something big could happen on this day. Sky had shown weakness the day before in the crosswinds and everyone had the same idea: a breakaway would go to the line and potentially take quite a bit of time in doing so.
July 11, 2013
The top American at this year's Tour de France is a rookie whose journey to cycling's pinnacle has been anything but ordinary.
Andrew Talansky, 24, is in 24th place in his debut Tour, 13 minutes behind Chris Froome of Great Britain and 25 minutes ahead of the next American, Tejay van Garderen. But just three years ago, Talansky—who was born in New York and raised in Florida—was a no-name rider on a lower-level team in the U.S. domestic league. He had ambitions of racing at the Tour de France, and he got his big break on a snowy New Mexico mountaintop in the spring of 2010.
July 08, 2013
After the completion of nine stages, our Bobcat alumni Brent Bookwalter ’06 (BMC Racing) and Andrew Talansky (Garmin Sharp) are holding strong in 22nd and 85th place, respectively, as they welcome the first day of rest.
July 03, 2013
Lees-McRae is proud to support two former Bobcat cyclists as they ride in the Tour de France. Brent Bookwalter ’06 (BMC Racing) is making his third appearance in this historic race, while newcomer Andrew Talansky (Garmin Sharp) is making his first appearance. As of July 3, Bookwalter and Talansky are riding in 106th and 16th place, respectively.
July 02, 2013
Former Lees-McRae cyclists Brent Bookwalter ’06 (BMC Racing) and Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp) are competing in the Tour de France. This is the third appearance for Bookwalter and first appearance for Talansky in this historic race.
June 28, 2013
Brent Bookwalter, who lives in Asheville with his wife, is a pro cyclist on Team BMC. And that means he is teammates with Cadel Evans, 2011 Tour de France champ. Bookwalter was on that team, and helped Evans to the win. There are only two American teams in the Tour this year – BMC and Garmin Sharp – and only six American riders, and Brent is one of them.
May 02, 2013
Great news! The summer camp registration deadline has been extended until Friday, May 17. Lees-McRae is offering a variety of summer camps for students who seek excitement both in and out of the classroom in a summer climate that is unrivaled. Whether they hit the bike trails or take to the stage, Lees-McRae has a camp for your child in a safe and enriching environment.
April 25, 2013
Lees-McRae is proud to announce that Tyler Nothstein, son of legendary Olympic cyclist, Marty Nothstein, has committed to riding for the Bobcat Cycling Team beginning the fall of 2013.