Rand, Furtado pace cyclists
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
LEBANON, Tenn. – Seth Rand placed 14th in the dual slalom and Henrique Furtado finished 19th in cross country, leading Cumberland’s cycling teams at a dual meet hosted by Appalachian State and Lees-McRae this past weekend.
 
The cross country and dual slalom were held Saturday at Lees-McRae in Banner Elk, N.C., and the Sunday downhill and short track were scheduled to take place at Hawksnest Resort near Boone, N.C.
 
But the weather at the top of Hawksnest Resort was very bad, with rain all night Saturday and continuing rain with zero visibility due to clouds and fog Sunday. Therefore the downhill was cancelled and the short track was hastily moved to Lees-McRae.
 
Rand qualified for the Round of 16 in the dual slalom Saturday and lost to Brevard College’s Danny Cesar, who eventually finished sixth in the competition.
 
In the cross country, Furtado placed 19th in one hour and 49 minutes, while Jeremy Chambers finished 24th in 1:52 and Thacker Reeves was 33rd. Brevard’s Tristan Cowie won the event in 1:29.
 
On Sunday Chambers finished 22nd in the short track, with Furtado and Reeves placing 25th and 26th, respectively. Brad Perley of Lees-McRae won the event, while Lees-McRae took placed 2-4 as well.
 
“This weekend was an experience builder for us to go against riders from Duke, Virginia Tech, Virginia, West Virginia, N.C. State and Appalachian State,” head coach Tim Hall said. “However, the top riders from our conference showed their superiority to those from the ECCC, further proving the SECCC is the most difficult to compete. Racing in Banner Elk the previous weekend helped since most of the courses were the same this time around.
 
“Seth continues to put together solid results every week. His qualifying runs are typically in the top 15 and only a few hundredths of a second away from the top. His next challenge is to get past the Round of 16, which is a goal that’s well within his abilities.”
 
The Bulldogs compete at Brevard this weekend and then the SECCC Championships the following weekend at Clemson.
 
“These next two weekends will be our last opportunities to earn points for mountain bike nationals,” Hall said. “It is still within our reach for one or all of the riders to qualify, but it will go down to the wire.”
 
XC – 5 laps of 4 miles each
Henrique Furtado – 19th, 1:49
Jeremy Chambers – 24th, 1:52
Thacker Reeves – 33rd
 
DS
Seth Rand – 14th
 
DH – cancelled due to bad weather, safety concerns
 
ST – 20 minutes + 2 laps
Jeremy Chambers – 22nd
Henrique Furtado – 25th
Thacker Reeves – 26th