Brookwalter, Beard Earn Individual Championships
The Lees-McRae College cycling team brought home more national titles this weekend from the Liberty Mutual U.S. National Cyclo-Cross Championships. Junior Brent Bookwalter won the collegiate men’s title with a 45-second victory over Matt Shriver from Fort Lewis College. Senior Clara Beard finished second in the collegiate women’s division, but finished first while riding for Diet Cheerwine in the U23 (under 23) women’s division.
The team, which competes in Division II, performed well in its first cyclo-cross championship, finishing second overall behind Division I competitor Fort Lewis. They also finished ahead of strong times from the University of New Hampshire, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Dartmouth College.
Members of the team included seniors Luke Winger, Danny Marquardt and Clara Beard; juniors Brent Bookwalter, Monique Hein and Olivia Maurey; and sophomores Katie Getchell, Ed Burress, Carson Worts and Gonzalo Escobar.