Story published: 03-07-2012 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Gray resident among King cyclists finishing at the top

Gray resident Zach Nave is among several cyclists at King College to finish at the top during a recent race.

King College cycling took to the tracks at Georgia Southern University on Feb. 25-26. The Tornado featured two race winners and five additional top-5 finishes during their weekend tour.

The combination of Amanda Komestat (Williamson, Ga.) and Stephanie Cucaz (Lawrenceville, Ga.) continues to turn into a nice combination as the two work to help each other succeed. In the womens cat-A road race, freshman Stephanie Cucaz earned a victory, improving upon a third place finish in her last race at the Seminole Cycling Classic. She took the lead out from teammate Amanda Komestat and won the sprint finish going away. Komestat rounded out the top-5 in the same event, before beginning their second day of success in the criterium. Komestat and Cucaz both earned top-5 finishes in the womens A crit, placing second and fourth, respectively. Komestat made a breakaway with one lap to go nearly chasing down the leader and finishing well ahead of the field.

Blake Adams continued to ride on his stretch of success, winning the first road race of his career. The freshman took first in the mens cat-C road race just two weeks after winning the mens C criterium at the Seminole Classic on Feb. 11. Reid Yoder (Hoagland, Ind.) placed 10th in the C road race.

Adams continued to ride well, placing third in the mens C criterium on the final day of competition. Yoder finished inside the top-10 of the mens C crit, as well.

King placed two riders inside the top-10 of the mens A and B road races. Senior Casey Stallard (Bristol, Tenn.) finished ninth in the mens B while Nave finished sixth in the mens A race.

Jamie Grigsby (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) made a major improvement in her young riding career by finishing fifth overall in the womens B road race. Her ride in the womens B was just her second career collegiate cycling race.

Other notable rides include Brent Bakers ninth place finish in the mens A criterium. After a crash that took out a portion of the riding field and most of the King team, Baker continued to ride strong for a top-10 finish and was the sole finisher for King in the race.