Videos: Teter, Black Key Bulls react to Team Pursuit titles

Following Sunday evening’s Team Pursuit finals, 33to1 caught up with Teter’s Emma Caughlin, Mackenzie Lloyd and Ashton DeHahn and Black Key Bulls’s Jacob Miller, Tyler Hart, Steven Gomez and Spencer Brauchla to get their reaction on their respective Team Pursuit victories.

Teter won its fifth straight Team Pursuit title with a time of 8:16.89, defeating then-Spring Series leader Alpha Chi Omega by more than 12 seconds in the final. The two tied in the Spring Series standings, however Teter’s win on Sunday gave them the edge in the tiebreaker. They will wear the white jersey on race day for the second straight year.

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Teter to wear white jersey for second straight year

Coming into Sunday, Teter needed four points to tie Alpha Chi Omega in the Spring Series standings. It would need to beat AXO to accomplish that feat.

Teter looked to be off to a good start to that when it recorded an 8:20.57 — by far besting the top time at the moment.

But then AXO followed with a 8:19.46.

The challenge was on. The two would meet in the finals with the winner taking the Spring Series crown.

If Teter won the finals, it would tie AXO in the points standings. The tiebreaker goes to the top finisher in Team Pursuit.

And Teter won that tiebreaker.

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Black Key Bulls win Spring Series, will wear white jersey

With both Beta Theta Pi and Phi Delta Theta not qualifying for the finals of Team Pursuit, Black Key Bulls, currently with the top men’s time, will win the Spring Series.

It is the first time in team-history Black Key Bulls will wear the white jersey on race day as winners of the Spring Series. The team started racing in 2006.

BKB entered Sunday with a 1-point lead on Beta and a 2-point lead on pole-sitter Phi Delta Theta. It ran a 9:21.16 at Team Pursuit, more than five seconds faster than the Phi Delts and 13 seconds faster than Beta. With Cutters running the second fastest time, it guarantees that neither Phi Delts or Beta will be in the final.

It is the second year in a row an independent team will wear the white jersey, with Cutters wearing it last year.

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Full Results: Black Key Bulls, Teter win Team Pursuit finals

With today’s Team Pursuit marking the final event of the Spring Series, check 33to1 throughout the day for live updates. Action at Bill Armstrong Stadium begins at 1 p.m., continuing through 9 p.m.

The leaders for both the men’s and women’s competitions are posted below, with full results following that. (asterisk indicates team qualified for final).

Men’s final

1. Black Key Bulls: 9:16.31

2. Phi Gamma Delta: 9:25.31

Women’s final:

1. Teter: 8:16.89

2. Alpha Chi Omega: 8:29.42

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Q&A: Beta Theta Pi’s Chris Craig

His coach Eric Anderson called the performance the ITT version of the Dixie Highway Award. In 2013, Beta Theta Pi’s Chris Craig finished 111th overall at ITTs (yes, that’s one-hundred eleventh, not a typo). This year, he was faster than every other rider in the field. 111th to 1st.

How did he do it? How has his training changed? What, overall, has changed for him in the last year?

And what’s it like trying to defend Beta’s title after losing all four riders from last year’s championship team?

We asked. Craig answered.

While Craig is humbled by the win, he understands his team of four race rookies still has a lot to work on before race day.

33to1: How were the nerves going into Saturday?

Craig: I felt pretty relaxed. I didn’t really know quite what to expect going in, just wanted to try to perform my best. We’ve been training hard all year. i was just really excited to get out on the track. With the rain delay and everything like that, I was just ready to get out there.

33to1: Was that weird having ITTs pushed back four days?

Craig: We had to adjust for it. We were considering doing a race over the weekend and we had to cancel that and stay here and train. Things did work out how we hoped it would, though. We felt good going into the day.

33to1: When you completed your ITT run, did you have any idea that you did sub-2:23? (Craig won ITTs with a 2:22.98)

Craig: No, actually. I thought I was around a high 2:23. I actually wasn’t too sure how well the run was going half way through until I was getting yelled at by Eric (Anderson) saying that I was on pace to break 2:24. That really pumped me up for the last lap and I just went all out. 

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Q&A: Kappa Alpha Theta’s Brenna McGinn

Brenna McGinn is a name that you might not recognize — after all, she is a rookie — but it’s a name you need to learn quickly to get ready for this year’s Little 500.

McGinn, a senior riding for Kappa Alpha Theta, just picked up cycling this year. She was a competitive cheerleader in high school, but never ran track or cross country, the sport of choice for several Little 500 riders. In fact, she admits she forgot how to ride a bike the summer before coming to IU.

But despite her newness, McGinn has picked up riding immediately. She finished fifth overall at ITTs, the top rider outside of the No. 1 heat.

We asked McGinn to tell us how she’s gotten to where she is today, and what’s made her successful at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

33to1: What were the nerves like before ITTs?

McGinn: They were pretty high just because ITTs were supposed to be on Wednesday. I felt really prepared on Wednesday because I had been doing ITTs and then the weather kinda screwed that up. The weather continued to screw the track up, so I hadn’t gotten to do an ITT since Tuesday. So I was nervous about my pacing and, I mean, I got to see my teammates kill it all day so that just made me more amped up.

I guess I didn’t really get crazy nervous until I was on the warm up bike and I realized that so many people were watching and it is an individual thing, my team isn’t there with me. That’s when it started kicking in a lot. 

33to1: Was that the best time you had ever done on your ITTs? How did that compare to your practice times?

McGinn: My fastest time I put up before my ITT was on Monday and it was 2:46 (McGinn’s official ITT run on Saturday was 2:42.97). I was happy with that. I knew that that would’ve landed me seventh last year, and you’re not supposed to compare times at all, but it was a little bit of a confidence boost going into it.

The track was so fast. I saw that in the times all day. My teammates all killed it. They all bested their own times. That was definitely a personal record for me. I felt good, ya know, after I started feeling things again.

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Analyzing ITT results for team performance problematic


Historically, the team with the winning rider of the men’s ITTs has a 75 percent chance of hoisting the Borg-Warner Trophy, while 33.3 percent of women’s ITT winners win the race.

But without analyzing the performance of every single cyclist for the past 20 years of ITT results — that’s at least 5,000 riders, for those of you keeping score at home — it is nearly impossible to produce a model for predicting how ITT performance weighs into the probability each team has to win the race.

If we rank each rider from Saturday and award points per position — first gets one point, second gets two points, third gets three, etc. — we start to get a picture of team performance in an individualized event.

Northern Indiana Cycling — 66
Alpha Epsilon Pi — 89
Beta Theta Pi — 106
Cutters — 111
Evans Scholars — 111
Phi Kappa Tau — 128
Sigma Chi — 135
Phi Gamma Delta — 156
Dodd’s House — 184
Delta Tau Delta — 221
Pi Kappa Alpha — 237
Black Key Bulls — 250
Forest — 278
Wright Cycling — 286
Alpha Tau Omega — 298
Delta Chi — 309
Phi Kappa Sigma — 350
Delta Sigma Pi — 351
Phi Kappa Psi — 353
Sigma Phi Epsilon — 360
Phi Sigma Kappa — 360
Gray Goat — 403
Sigma Nu — 409
Kappa Delta Rho — 481
Sigma Alpha Mu — 495
Sigma Alpha Epsilon — 547
Delta Upsilon — 574
Phi Delta Theta — 590
CSF — 600
Lambda Chi Alpha — 697
Collins — 965
Sigma Pi — ND
Pi Kappa Phi — ND

Army — 113
Mezcla — 131
Chi Omega — 162
Cru — 163
Delta Sigma Pi — 168
Ski — 181
Kappa Alpha Theta — 185
Melanzana — 193
Alpha Sigma Alpha — 227
Theta Phi Alpha — 240
CSF — 246
Alpha Chi Omega — 255
Kappa Kappa Gamma — 262
Alpha Xi Delta — 268
Teter — 284
Sigma Delta Tau — 288
Phi Mu — 316
Zeta Tau Alpha — 316
Delta Zeta — 345
Delta Gamma —358
Alpha Omicron Pi —360
Alpha Gamma Delta — 389
Wing It — 392
RideOn — 400
Gamma Phi Beta — 411
Alpha Delta Pi — 417
IU Nursing — 460
Delta Phi Epsilon — 497
Collins — 650
Kappa Delta — 782
Air Force — ND
Delta Delta Delta — ND
Alpha Phi — ND

But those statistics aren’t exactly fair, either. Northern Indiana Cycling, which scored 66 points in our model, only had one rider who placed 66th. Collins, which placed dead last in the men’s rankings, had eight riders, making their point total much higher.

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Individual Time Trials postponed; Spring Series schedule revised

With rain and thunderstorms affecting the Bloomington area Wednesday afternoon, IUSF has postponed today’s Individual Time Trials and has rescheduled all three Spring Series events.

Little 500 race director Jordan Bailey confirmed to 33to1 that the first Spring Series event was postponed just 20 minutes before the first heat was set to take the track at 3:30 p.m., after lightning had been reported in the area and the weather not supposed to improve throughout the evening.

“Mother nature is just not cooperating with Little 500,” Bailey said in a statement provided to 33to1.

ITTs have been rescheduled to Saturday, April 5, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., while Saturday’s scheduled Miss N Out has been moved to April 12, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Team Pursuit will now occur the day after Miss N Out, on Sunday, April 13, from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

W2W4: Women’s ITTs

Last year’s returners from the top 10: Aryn Doll (3) – Chi Omega, Emma Caughlin (6) – Teter, Kelsey Tharnstrom (8) – Alpha Chi Omega, Ashton DeHahn (10) – Teter

Last year’s returners from the top 20: Tabitha Sherwood (15) – Collins, Kaitlyn Glennon (17) – Alpha Sigma Alpha

Others to keep an eye on: Kate McDougal – Kappa Alpha Theta, Jenny Goodwin – Kappa Kappa Gamma, Jackie Kober – Phi Mu, Bonnie Mailey – Cru, Anna DeBoer – Cru, Lyndi Hollis – Cru

Key heats:

5:20 p.m. – Doll, Caughlin, Tharnstrom, Sherwood

5:10 p.m. – DeHahn, Glennon, McDougal, Goodwin

5:00 p.m. – Mailey, Kober, Hollis, Corinne Reynolds

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W2W4: Men’s ITTs

Last year’s returners from the top 10: Paul Smith (3) – Delta Tau Delta, Rob Lee (4) – Phi Delta Theta

Last year’s returners from the top 20: Jimmy Rosati (12) – Black Key Bulls, Jacob Miller (13) – Black Key Bulls, Charlie McClary (14) – Phi Gamma Delta, Brian Arfmann (17) – Sigma Chi, Wes Ring (20) – Phi Delta Theta

Others to keep an eye on: Luke Momper – Delta Tau Delta, Brian Depasse – Cutters, Toby Kemp – Delta Sigma Pi, Thomas Wimmer – Sigma Phi Epsilon, Nick Torrance – Sigma Phi Epsilon

Key heats:

5:25 p.m. – Smith, Lee, Miller, McClary

5:15 p.m. – Rosati, Arfmann, Ring, Momper

5:05 p.m. – Kemp, Wimmer, Depasse, Devin O’Leary

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