Aggeler wins second short track title; FLC takes silver medals – The Durango Herald

Four Skyhawks reach the podium in double slalom

Durangoan Lauren Aggeler wins the women’s short track club race for Northern Arizona University on Saturday at the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Durangoan Lauren Aggeler wins the women’s short track club race for Northern Arizona University on Saturday at the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

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.

Fort Lewis College’s Michaela Thompson competes in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Women’s Varsity Short Track Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

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.

Carson Beard of Fort Lewis College competes in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships short track varsity race Saturday at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

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.

Fort Lewis College’s Fiona Dougherty won the national dual slalom title Friday at the USA Cycling Collegiate MTB National Championships at Purgatory Resort. (Cody Olivas/Durango Herald)

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.

Fort Lewis College’s Michaela Tompson competes in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Women’s Varsity Short Track Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Riders compete in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Women’s Short Track Club Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

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Riders compete in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Women’s Short Track Varsity Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

The riders compete Saturday in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Men’s Cross Country Short Track Varsity Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Torbjorn Roed wins the short track college race of the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships at Purgatory Resort on Saturday. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Riders compete in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Women’s Short Track Club Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Durangoan Lauren Aggeler of Northern Arizona University competes in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Women’s Short Track Club Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Fort Lewis College’s Sabrina Hayes competes in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Women’s Varsity Short Track Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Racers take off at the start of the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Women’s Short Track Varsity Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

University Colorado Mesa’s Madigan Munro competes in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Women’s Varsity Short Track Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Fans cheer on the racers Saturday during the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Short Track College Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Fort Lewis College’s Cobe Freeburn competes in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Short Track College Race at Purgatory Resort on Saturday. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Fans cheer on the racers Saturday during the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Short Track College Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Fans cheer on the racers Saturday during the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Short Track College Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Fans cheer on the racers Saturday during the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Short Track College Race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Torbjorn Roed of the University of Colorado Mesa competes in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships short track varsity race Saturday at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Fort Lewis College’s Toby Hassett leads the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships short track varsity race at Purgatory Resort. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Fort Lewis College’s Carson Beard has his bike slipping under him as he competes in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships short track varsity race at Purgatory Resort on Saturday. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

Fort Lewis College’s Madelyn Roberson competes in the USAC Collegiate MTB National Championships Women’s Varsity Short Track Race at Purgatory Resort. Roberson finished fifth. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

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