Rand sixth, Furtado in Top 15 at Brevard
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
LEBANON, Tenn. – Seth Rand placed sixth in the downhill while Henrique Furtado posted a pair of Top 15 finishes for Cumberland’s cycling team this past weekend in Brevard, N.C.
 
Cumberland races this weekend at the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (SECCC) Championships in Clemson, S.C. Points for the conference championship are doubled, and based on performances from the conference meet and the rest of the regular season, invitations for the Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships scheduled for October 16-18 in Truckee, Calif., will be handed out early next week.
 
“Our conference championship this weekend at Clemson is going to determine whether or not we qualify for nationals,” head coach Tim Hall said. “The team knows what’s at stake. I’m confident we’ll have a successful weekend, and then we’ll let the points decide whether or not we receive an invitation to Truckee.”
 
Rand continued his solid performances with a sixth-place showing in the downhill in two minutes, nine seconds. Brevard College’s Danny Cesar won the event in 1:41.
 
Furtado placed 12th in cross country in one hour and 53 minutes, behind winner Scott Stewart (1:34) of Lees-McRae College. Furtado and Jeremy Chambers finished 13th and 19th, respectively, in short track behind winner Tristan Cowie of Brevard.
 
Rand finished 22nd overall in dual slalom after qualifying 19th in 22.98 seconds. He lost in the Round of 32.
 
“Seth had a fantastic downhill race to earn sixth and was only five seconds away from third,” Hall said. “Each week he is improving and getting better when it counts most here at the end of the season.
 
“Saturday was a soaking wet, rainy and muddy day. Traction was difficult on all of the courses Saturday, a soaking wet, rainy and muddy day. Seth had a couple of handling situations that slowed him down, and then suffered a bad crash at the end of one slalom run. Fortunately he was wearing a full-face helmet and walked away unscathed.
 
“Henrique was strong and consistent all weekend, almost cracking the Top 15 in both events. He’s not losing strength later in a race, but instead he’s passing others as they fade. His fitness is peaking at the right time.
 
“The only disappointment was Jeremy suffering a mechanical issue in the cross country.  Mountain biking is a discipline that’s hard on your equipment, and it’s not uncommon for riders to have to stop because of mechanicals.”
 
DH
Seth Rand – 6th at 2:09
 
ST – 20 minutes + 2 laps
Henrique Furtado – 13th
Jeremy Chambers – 19th
 
DS
Seth Rand – 22nd
 
XC – 6 laps of 3 mile course, 18 total
Henrique Furtado – 12th, 1:53
Jeremy Chambers – DNF, mechanical