After teams exchanged the lead all afternoon and a group of 10 teams were in contention for the title midway through the Little 500, the field whittled down to seven with two laps to go.
Black Key Bulls, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi Delta Theta, Delta Tau Delta, Beta Theta Pi, Cutters and Sigma Chi had escaped the field and had formed a small peloton. They were preparing for a sprint finish. It was lap 199.
As they rounded turn three, though, Beta Theta Pi’s Chris Craig slid out. The crash took out six of the seven competing teams. Only Black Key Bulls escaped unharmed.
And after one lap under a yellow flag, Black Key Bulls was able to race the final lap unthreatened, crossing the checkered flag alone for its first-ever title in nine races.
Below are the full results from the 64th men’s Little 500:
IU Nursing rider Lauren Gill has been hospitalized at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis following an accident during Thursday’s practice race at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
According to Mark Land, the IU Associate Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Gill fell off her bike during the race and was struck by at least one other rider. She was taken to the hospital in Indianapolis via a medical helicopter, where she is currently being held, the hospital has confirmed.
“I don’t have any details about her condition that can be shared at this point, but Lauren, her family, teammates and friends are all in our thoughts,” Land told 33to1.
Land said that race officials, as well as officials from the IU Student Foundation, are working to get more details, and they will be passed along as soon as they are made available.
Update (6:09 p.m. Friday): Little 500 race director Jordan Bailey spoke with the Gill family on Friday, and Bailey passed along this message to 33to1: “Her family has expressed that they would rather not talk publicly about Lauren’s condition. They relayed the message that they want everyone to keep Lauren in their thoughts and prayers.” Multiple media outlets have reported Gill is in critical condition following Thursday’s crash.
Stay tuned to 33to1 for more updates on this developing situation.
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.
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.