Well, the results are in and Teter once again won Team Pursuit and clinched the white jersey by a comfortable margin. After a dominating prelim performance, they encountered a gritty challenge from Theta in the finals, but pulled away in the latter part of the race. Once again, they go into the race as heavy favorites, but today also proved that they'll have to be wary of Kathleen Chelminiak's speed. On the Men's side, Phi Delts had a strong preliminary run to cruise into the finals, but in the end it was Delts who walked away with the Team Pursuit victory. Phi Delts' performance however, earned them the white jersey.
IDS story here: http://idsnews.com/news/story.aspx?id=86776
Interesting to note that both Teter and Theta looked strong and smooth in the finals, albeit with slower times than their prelims. On the Men's side the times got faster in the finals (Delts turned in a blistering 9:11 for the victory!) Also, it looked like RJ Stuart was doing the majority of the work for Delts, taking multiple lap pulls throughout the event. I'm sure Courtney Bishop and Ken Nowakowski have exact counts, but RJ probably did 2/3 of the pulling throughout the finals. Regardless, it was an impressive performance by the Delts (minus one of their riders rubbing wheels and almost crashing) and this surely adds fuel to the fire for race day. I can't wait to see the show-down!
Full Women's Results: http://iusf.indiana.edu/little500/TPResultsW.pdf
Full Men's Results: http://iusf.indiana.edu/little500/MTPResults.pdf
Final Spring Series Results: http://iusf.indiana.edu/little500/Spring%20Series%20Points.pdf
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