Column: Sportsmanship shines after Sherwood’s win

It took several minutes after the race before Phoenix’s Tabitha Sherwood was able to talk to anyone after winning the Little 500 on Friday.

She had given it her everything. And while every rider on the track gave it their everything, too, Sherwood’s everything was the only effort that was enough to come away with victory.

While it ends in joy for Sherwood and her Phoenix teammates, it means pain for those who gave it their all and it just wasn’t quite enough to beat Phoenix.

So when Delta Gamma’s Kristen Bignal came over to congratulate Sherwood, it felt like something special.

“So proud of you,” Bignal said to Sherwood as the two hugged.

“Proud of you!,” Sherwood answered.

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Tormoehlen, Delta Tau Delta win 3-team sprint to capture Little 500 victory


BLOOMINGTON — The fans chanted MVP at him. They hugged him every time he turned around. He kissed the cinders with his best friends. He hoisted his team’s bike. He showed off a new ring. He smiled for pictures with his teammates – and the BorgWarner trophy.

It was exactly how Delta Tau Delta senior Luke Tormoehlen had envisioned it in his head all along.

After popping out of Turn 2 on the final lap of Saturday’s 66th men’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium, Tormoehlen jetted around Sigma Alpha Epsilon and then advanced around Black Key Bulls to give the Delts their second Little 500 victory.

“I can’t even put it into words,” Tormoehlen said of what it meant to win in his senior year. “It’s good when a vision comes true. It’s three years of my life revolving around this race, and all of the hard work and dedication toward an ultimate goal paid off.”

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3PH Turning Heads After Fifth-Place Finish

BLOOMINGTON – 3PH Cycling came into this year’s Little 500 wanting to prove they can compete with the field’s best.

Saturday, they did just that.

The second-year team finished in fifth to build on their eighth place finish from a year ago. With 10 laps to go, they were hanging around with eventual winner Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Black Key Bulls and Cutters before falling off pace in the closing laps to finish just over 24.108 seconds back.

“We started this team with the mentality that this is where we want to be,” sophomore Matthew Thompson said. “We started this team to be competitive, not just to be around. I think we’re only going to move up.”

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SAE battles back from wrecks to finish second


BLOOMINGTON – All it really takes to ruin a team’s Little 500 is one crash.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon had two, one on lap 28 and then another on lap 102. Both incidents left lead rider Joe Krahulik bloodied and seeking medical attention while his teammates scrambled to make up for lost ground.

The crashes were the type of nightmare situations that take teams completely out of Little 500s, let alone title contention. But even after being knocked down twice, SAE rebounded to finish second behind Delta Tau Delta in one of the more adversity-filled races a team could have.

“It’s hard to be disappointed with everyone’s effort,” said senior rider Andy Krahulik. “To come back from all that, that’s something I’m going to remember forever.”

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UNOFFICIAL final results of the 2016 men’s Little 500

Delta Tau Delta 

Sigma Alpha Epsilon (difference of 1.060 seconds)

Black Key Bulls (difference of 1.366 seconds)

Cutters (difference of 6.860 seconds)

3PH (difference of 24.108 seconds)

Gray Goat

Beta Theta Pi

Phi Delta Theta

Sigma Nu

10 Forest

11 Phi Gamma Delta

12 Sigma Chi

13 Sigma Phi Epsilon

14 Wright

15 Delta Chi

16 Pi Kappa Alpha

17 Theta Chi

18 Lambda Chi Alpha

19 CSF

20 Acacia 

21 Alpha Sigma Phi

22 Phi Kappa Sigma

23 Pi Lambda Phi

24 Pi Kappa Phi

25 Alpha Epsilon Pi

26 Sigma Alpha Mu

27 Phi Sigma Kappa

28 Beta Sigma Psi

29 Young Pioneers

30 Young Life

31 Delta Sigma Pi

32 Tau Kappa Epsilon

33 Zeta Beta Tau

Sherwood edges Bignal to deliver Phoenix’s first Little 500 victory

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BLOOMINGTON – Tabitha Sherwood wasn’t settling for second.

Not again.

She doesn’t exactly remember how it happened. She doesn’t need to. All that matters is that Sherwood, a fifth-year senior riding in her third and final Little 500, leaves the track at Bill Armstrong Stadium as a champion.

Sherwood edged Delta Gamma’s Kristen Bignal by a mere 0.051 seconds Friday to give Phoenix Cycling, the team Sherwood started from scratch just last year, its first Little 500 victory.

“It took about a second for it to sink in, but I just barely saw that I had her by like a tire width,” Sherwood said of the photo finish. “I felt like I had a little bit more in me. If the starting line was just a little bit further back, I would’ve been fine. But I may have made my move a little bit too late. But I guess it still worked.”


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UNOFFICIAL results of the 2016 women’s Little 500

Phoenix total time of 1:09:11.744

Delta Gamma (difference of 0.051)

Teter (1.342)

Kappa Alpha Theta (1.575)

Alpha Omicron Pi (2.612)

Phi Mu  (30.651)

Alpha Chi Omega 



10 Alpha Sigma Alpha

11 Kappa Delta 

12 Alpha Gamma Delta

13 Alpha Xi Delta

14 Kappa Kappa Gamma

15 Melanzana

16 RideOn

17 Cru

18 Alpha Delta Pi

19 Delta Zeta

20 Delta Sigma Pi

21 Chi Omega

22 IU Nursing

23 Alpha Phi

24 Gamma Phi Beta

25 Wing It

26 Independent Council

27 Theta Phi Alpha

28 Delta Phi Epsilon

29 Sigma Delta Tau

30 Delta Delta Delta

31 Alpha Epsilon Phi


Delta Gamma Proud, No Regrets Finishing 2nd


BLOOMINGTON – There were no regrets, no second thoughts.

Kristen Bignal was at peace with herself.

Bignal, a junior rider for Delta Gamma, came within 0.051 seconds of Little 500 glory only to see Phoenix’s Tabitha Sherwood edge her at the line to win the 29th women’s Little 500 by less than a tire length. She took her time debriefing the race’s events with her teammates, gathering her thoughts before concluding there was nothing she could have done differently.

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