Posted by: womenscyclingmagazine | May 10, 2009

Crowell Runner-Up In USA Cycling Collegiate Nationals Criterium

Jacquelyn Crowell via TeamType1.org.

Jacquelyn Crowell via TeamType1.org.

Via Team Type 1:
Fort Collins, Colo. – Team Type 1’s Jacquelyn Crowell added to her medal collection Saturday at the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships with a runner-up finish for the University of Florida in the Division I criterium.

Crowell was the first rider through the final corner but was passed a few feet from the line by Sinead Miller (Marian College). Tammy Wildgoose (University of California-San Diego) finished third.

Crowell said she it was her strategy to lead out the sprint, unaware that Miller – a multi-time national collegiate and junior national track champion – was on her wheel.

“I’m obviously disappointed but I knew I had to go early,” she said, “I did hear something today that made me feel a little better. Dave Towle (the race announcer) was saying you can’t win if you don’t risk losing. That’s a good way to put it.”

Crowell never ventured far from the front during the hour-long race along a 0.9-mile, figure-eight course. She also won a pair of point prime sprints, which helped her finish second in the omnium competition to Carla Swart (Lees-McRae College).

“I think I rode the best race I could today,” she said. “Eventually, I’m going to win one of these times.”

Friday, Crowell earned a bronze medal for her third place in the road race. She has one more chance to medal Sunday when she is part of Florida’s four-rider squad in the 18-mile (28 km) team time trial.

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