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Sai-Halasz Wins 2nd In Women's Cycling

By Yehoram Hofman
Team Member

Last weekend, the cycling team traveled to West Point to participate in the Army Spring Classic, edging out top schools such as Boston College and Penn State in some events. The racers arrived with a determination to win tin their respective events and rack up points towards the national championship.

The schedule consisted of three different races, each with individual classes determined by distance, that were held over a two-day period. It included a very hilly road race, an individual time trial and hill climb, and a high-speed criterium held within the West Point campus.

On Saturday, the weekend began with the men's A-team racing a whopping 75 miles through a very difficult road course. Larry Tsai G finished a respectable 16th, considering the race was being held during a torrential downpour and had as many as 50 people competing in an event. In the men's B's, Andy Mor '94 finished 5th after a grueling 48-mile road course.

Then the sun came out and the roads dried off. In celebration of this wonderful weather, Christine Sai-Halasz '94 finished 2nd in the women's B race, winning the field sprint with a huge smile on her face. Despite the recent successes in the road race, the C and D teams weren't as lucky and did not place.

The team's luck quickly changed for the better Sunday morning when Jeff Roth '96 came in 3rd in the individual time trial. The time trial consisted of a 2-mile hill climb on the outskirts of the West Point campus. Racers were sent off individually in 30-second intervals and drafting was prohibited. The B team had equal success in the time trial with Jeff Byars G finishing 5th with a very respectable time of 7 minutes 28.2 seconds.

The real action came during the criterium. The criterium was a high speed race held on the streets of West Point and featured tight turns and a steep descent. John Konz G finished with a respectable 13th in the C race, but the real surprise came when Mor seemingly got blocked in for the field sprint during the B race, but then came charging up the left hand side while everyone had their heads turned to the right and stole a 3rd place.

The weekend finally ended with the A race criterium. The suspense built up when Tsai was involved in a crash and came into the pit for a wheel change. He quickly got back into the race and three laps later he was off the front of the main pack trying to catch up to a breakaway that occurred earlier. His attempt was unsuccessful, but he still finished 19th in the race.

Overall, the team did very well in light of the stiff competition from such big name schools as BU, BC, and UVM. The team is looking forward to their next race this weekend which is being held at the University of New Hampshire and preparing themselves both mentally and physically for the Eastern Championships two weeks from now.