Aggeler wins second short track title; FLC takes silver medals – The Durango Herald
Four Skyhawks reach the podium in double slalom
Dirt, grass, concrete, cobblestones and a few metal stairs through the base village of Purgatory Resort made up the course for Saturday’s short track cross-country finals at the USA Collegiate National Mountain Bike Championships. USAC.
Durangoan Lauren Aggeler won her second national title in two days for North Arizona University in the women’s club division. Aggeler attacked on the first hill to take the lead and then never let go. The victory was similar to her cross-country win on Friday, where she jumped off the gate and had a five-second lead before she even reached the first climb.
“Two for two! I’m happy,” said Aggeler, calling the short-track course “super fun.”
“I loved walking through the stairs,” she said. “It was a great idea.”
Aggeler also won the USAC national cross country title this summer in the 17-18 division at Winter Park, giving him three star jerseys this year. She will race once again at 2 p.m. Sunday in the club’s team relay with three of her teammates. The university relay will follow at 2:45 p.m.
At the College Short Track Championships, Michaela Thompson and Carson Beard led the Skyhawks with second-place finishes while Toby Hassett reached the podium in fifth.
Thompson beat Colorado Mesa’s Ruby Ryan to Ryan’s strength, on a climb, to move from third to second during the race and kept pushing to score silver.
“I’m super proud of Michaela,” FLC coach Chad Cheeney said. “Usually she’s passed by Ruby Ryan, but she put the woods on her today.”
Thompson’s childhood friend from Boulder, Madigan Munro, won the race for her second championship title.
Beard’s twin brother, Austin, who races for Mesa, finished one spot ahead of him Friday in cross country. On the short track, however, Carson gradually picked people throughout the race, including his brother, to take second place. Colorado Mesa’s Torbjorn Roed, who won Friday’s cross country race, also won the short track race.
Hassett led the men’s race for a few laps, but dropped his chain on the stairs. Hassett kept fighting and reached the podium in fifth position.
Colorado College’s Robbie Day won the club’s men’s title.
Dougherty gold leads FLC in double slalom
On Friday night’s double slalom course, Fort Lewis College senior Fiona Dougherty claimed a national title while Kaia Jenson (fifth), Keanu Smith (third) and Cole Fiene (fifth) also scored podium finishes for FLC.
“It’s super exciting,” Dougherty said. “I arrived without any expectations. My goal was to reach the round of 16.
To reach the quarter-finals of the round of 16, Dougherty beat his opponent by 0.07 seconds.
In the final, she won by 0.009 seconds.
“She was ahead of me until the last two gates,” Dougherty said. “Then I threw a few pedal strokes and was able to pass her.”
“I didn’t believe it at first,” she continued. “I saw the jet lag and I looked at my teammate and asked her, ‘Did I do that?’ Then I fell to my knees, it was my first national championship podium and to win it was a crazy feeling.
On Saturday, Dougherty scored the No. 3 seed for Sunday’s World Cup downhill finals. “It’s going to be intense,” she said. “It’s horrible.”
The downhill championships begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with the women’s club race, followed by the women’s varsity race, men’s club and men’s varsity.
See Wednesday’s edition of Herald of Durango for full stories.