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KU Cycling Champions Conquer the Track at National Competition

October 3, 2012

Women's Points Race
Above: An action shot from the Points Race, in which Hayduk took home the gold and Costelloe the silver, respectively. Photo credit:

Frisco, Texas - Kutztown University cyclists Colleen Hayduk (Kutztown, Pa.) and Mary Costelloe (Emmaus, Pa.), both members of KU's Cycling Club, made their marks at USA Cycling Collegiate Track National Championships in September. Held over a three day period, this competition brought well over 100 athletes onto the track to compete.

Hayduk took the title as National Champion in the competition, indicated by the 2012 Individual Omnium Report. The rank came from her accumulation of 444 overall points. To achieve this title, she took first in the Scratch Race with 485.79 points. On day two, Hayduk finished first in the Points race (photo above left) with 481.32 points.

She told of day two's achievement, "I honestly thought it was going to end with laps taken, but nobody let anyone get away so that was really interesting. It was pretty hard fought and really fast."

She also took fourth in the Time Trial with 461.12 to further secure this championship.

Costelloe boasted an impressive overall total of 370 points, reserving her spot as fifth on the Individual Omnium Report. She took the bronze medal in the Scratch Race with 494.85 points, silver for second place in the Points Race with 486.05, sixth in the Individual Pursuit with 488.31, and eighth in the Time Trial with 470.32 points.

The two combined finished in 7th place in the team standings against other competing colleges and universities with much larger teams.

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