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Cyclists Take Second Place

By John Morrell
Team Member

Racing in rainy conditions on both days this weekend, MIT cyclists took second place overall behind the University of Massachusetts and ahead of the University of Vermont in its first meet of the season. Saturday's race took place on the Tufts University campus on a slippery, hilly, six-turn criterium course. An infamous road race course in Marlboro, Mass., was used for Sunday's races; the 3.1 mile circuit contains a hard 1.2 mile climb and a short, fast descent.

Familiar with the Marlboro course, the MIT team did well. The women continue to lead the team in standings, while developing men's A rider Abe Stroock '95 has begun to attract the attention of top riders in the eastern conference.

Highlights from the criterium on Saturday include a breakaway win by Jill Sherwood '95 in the women's B category. Also, Scott Rickard Jr. G used his experience and speed to place fourth in the men's C race. In the men's A race, Stroock snuck into a break in the last 10 laps of the 45-lap race and placed third behind Adam Meyerson of UMass and Doug Zywack of Springfield College.

On Sunday, racing opened with the Men's D category. Oscar Yeh '95 outlasted the rest of the field to place third in the uphill sprint.

Sherwood again dominated the women's B, and finished first.

The men's A race turned into a battle between UMass and MIT. With about 35 miles to go, Stroock escaped with Steve Roszko of UMass and Ty Lyman of University of Vermont. Lyman was dropped a lap later when Stroock set a torturous pace up the hill. MIT and UMass riders controlled the pace of the field and the two riders built a lead of about 1 minute, 30 seconds throughout the next 20 miles. Roszko dropped Stroock with three laps to go. Stroock was in contention for first overall, so UMass put the hammer down and caught Stroock, bringing Myerson of UMass to the front. With two laps to go, Garrett Ito G escaped with Greg Swinand of UMass and Efram Star of Amherst. They caught the failing Roszko a lap later and Ito placed third in the final sprint.