On a day that was somewhat lacking in drama the Cutters cemented their clear favorite tag for the Mens race as they returned to the pole after a few years break. Kappa Kappa Gamma put down a marker that their program is back to relevance by taking the pole by a very slender margin over perennial Quals contenders Teter.
Full results Mens, Womens here but what did we notice during the day-
1. Awesome crash on the Cutters first attempt. Eric Young going so fast that he washed out in a loose turn 3. 'Patches' Schroeder almost lost it on the final lap of the pole attempt. Were the Cutters too fast for the track?
2. Hoosier Climber repaid Jim Kirkham's prediction and killed their exchanges to finish in the top 10.
3. SNU went last on the day on third attempt and showed no nerves to finish mid pack to push LAMP out of the race.
4. Was there a little justice in SDT missing out for the women? In 2006 knowing that a successful 3rd attempt would get them in the race they qualed with a ride over 4mins that was within the limit if not within the spirit of the rule (Pi Phi and Gamma Phi went to a 4th attempt). This year their 3m19s wasn't enough to get in and they become only the second womens team not to make it.
5. Good to see Beta back toward the top of the pile
6. Greatest celebration was the DZ scrum after being successful in their 3rd attempt!
7. Most unusual action of the day was from PIKE would only had two riders as they waited for their 3rd rider to find an ID. They proceeded to essentially practice exchanges before black flagged their first two attempts. It seems the ID wasn't found and they exited the race on time after a two person 3rd attempt.
8. The post-exchange forward roll of the first AOPi rider and the Greg Bortz (Acacia) pirouette were the best 'moves' of the day!
9. An angry Gray Goat team who didn't get their full warm-up due to an issue at registration yet managed to qual in 3rd.
10. There were 8 all rookie teams and Chi-Omega topped the lot, showing natural talent is much better than experience or coaching!
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