Ten more titles awarded on day two of Collegiate MTB Nationals


Emily Schaldach took the win in the women's short track cross country race
Emily Schaldach took the win in the women's short track cross country race (photo by Dejan Smaic).
Missoula, Mont. (October 21, 2017) – Mother Nature forced a shuffling of the schedule on day two of the 2017 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships in Missoula, but at the end of the day, ten more national champions were crowned in three different disciplines.


The men’s and women’s club short track races were held late Saturday afternoon and it was a Colorado Buffaloes stampede out on the trails. University of Colorado Boulder riders swept the men’s podium with Garrett Gerchar, Grant Ellwood and Alexander Sugarman all crossing the line within a second of each other.

In the women’s race, UC-Boulder rider Emily Schaldach put in a huge attack with five laps to go and held off Annie Pharr (Appalachian State University) by three seconds for the win. Pharr led from the first lap until Schaldach attacked. Rachel Anders (Stanford University) crossed the line four seconds behind Pharr to take the bronze medal.

The varsity short track races will be held Sunday morning.


The dual slalom competition concluded on Saturday after it was halted on Friday due to darkness.

Walker Shaw (Brevard College) took the men’s varsity dual slalom title ahead of Quintin Kurtz (Colorado Mesa University) and defending champion Collin Hudson (Colorado Mesa University), while John Vander Dussen (University of Colorado Boulder) won the men’s club contest over teammate Dylan Crane and Jimmy Leslie (University of Vermont).

In the women’s varsity dual slalom, Angelina Palermo (Marian University) took the top step of the podium after besting defending champion Veronica Laughton (Lees-McRae College) and McCauley Smith (Fort Lewis College). Last year’s runner-up Claire Hamilton (University of Colorado Boulder) won the women’s club dual slalom ahead of teammate Lia Westermann and Rachel Anders (Stanford University) who claimed her second bronze medal of the day.


Hamilton also won the women’s club downhill in a time of 3:37.62, with Westermann again placing second in 3:45.83. Alicia Leggett (University of Montana) posted the third-fastest time of 3:47.38.

In the women's varsity downhill time test, McCauley Smith (Fort Lewis College) descended to the gold medal in 3:40.86 while defending champion Angelina Palermo (Marian University) and Elena Runyan (Fort Lewis College) won silver and bronze.

Dual slalom silver medalist Crane finished with the fastest time among men in the club division when he clocked a 3:11.42 on the downhill course to take the gold medal ahead of teammates Shane Trento and Alexander Willie.

The men’s varsity downhill was won by last year’s bronze medalist Andras Simon (Colorado Mesa University) with a blazing fast time of 3:08.30. Trevor McCutcheon (Colorado Mesa University) and dual slalom winner Shaw were second and third, respectively.

The varsity short track races and team relays will conclude the competition on Sunday.

-Team Omnium Standings
-Individual Omnium Standings
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