2019 LITTLE 500 GUIDE
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Alpha Xi Delta rider Ellen Potocsnak and Teter rider Lauren Britt talk before Heat 5 begins at Miss N Out on March 31, 2018 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Teter will start the 2019 women’s Little 500 race in second position.
SKI, Teter, Delta Gamma top qualiﬁers By D.J. Fezler email@example.com | @DJFezler
With the conclusion of the Spring Series, there’s now less than one week until the 32nd running of the women’s Little 500. Thirty-two teams will compete for first place at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday. Kappa Alpha Theta brought home its eighth team victory last year, the most in women’s race history. After winning four of the last five, Kappa Alpha Theta is looking to be the first women’s team to ever win three in a row. However, there’s tough competition awaiting them in the upcoming race. SKI will enter Friday’s with the pole position after finish-
ing quals in first place with a time of 2:39.21, followed by Teter and Delta Gamma. Kappa Alpha Theta slots in at the 11th spot to begin the race. “I think the biggest advantage to winning quals is you get to pick your pit,” SKI senior Emily Carrico said. “That was something we were really happy about. SKI will be closely followed by Teter and Delta Gamma at the start of the race, but they’ll use their positioning to keep themselves safe from crashes. The field saw two crashes within the first 15 laps in 2018. Teams are required to have a minimum of five exchanges throughout the duration of the race. Selecting a pit in the front of the rest of the field and
near an experienced team like Delta Gamma allows them to lose little time after exchanges. “The nice thing about having the end pit that we have is that you don’t have someone on your other side that you have to worry about,” Carrico said. “We’re next to DG and they always have great, really consistent exchanges.” Delta Gamma is one of the top teams in the field. It finished third in Qualifications this year, but ended the Spring Series with three of the top-six ITT times and a first-place finish in Team Pursuit. “It’s mostly just about being the best you can be on that day,” Delta Gamma senior Hanna Coppens said. “Hopefully that means getting a lot
of sleep and then making sure that you’ve prepared well up to that point.” Delta Gamma is returning every member from a squad that placed second last year, including three seniors. In 2018, it lost 22 seconds in a crash, but made its way back to finish less than a second behind Kappa Alpha Theta. Being in the Midwest can result in fairly unpredictable weather conditions. Last year, snow covered the field during Qualifications and rain cut this year’s Miss N Out to only one round, but a clear day for racing is in the forecast for this year’s Little 500. The forecast for Friday’s race is a mostly sunny day without rain. Riders won’t
have to struggle with undesirable track conditions, but may have to combat the wind that is expected to accompany the clear skies. All the hours, the training and the coordination will culminate when the teams takes the track this week. For seniors like Carrico and Coppens, this is the final time their feet will touch the cinders as a rider. All they can hope for is to go out with a victory. “As a graduating senior, that’s the best gift you can possibly give to your team,” Carrico said. “We’ve really tried to instill a lot of good values in our younger riders. Just being able to leave them with that gift of all of your hard work paying off. That, of course, is our hope.”
Recent race winners Kappa Alpha Theta — 2018 Kappa Alpha Theta — 2017 Phoenix — 2016 Kappa Alpha Theta — 2015 Kappa Alpha Theta — 2014 Delta Gamma — 2013 Delta Gamma — 2012 Teter — 2011 Teter — 2010 SOURCE: IU Foundation
Cutters riders pose with their race time March 23 at Little 500 Qualifications at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Cutters had the fastest time to qualify for the men’s Little 500 race that takes place on April 13.
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Cutters looks for second straight victory By Phillip Steinmetz firstname.lastname@example.org | @PhillipHoosier
The past few months, 33 teams have put countless hours training on rollers and at the track all for the same goal. It’s all been leading up to this one April afternoon. The 69th running of the men’s Little 500 will be this Saturday at 2 p.m. There were only 33 men’s teams that registered for the race this year, which meant that every team qualified no matter what happened during Qualifications. Miss N Out was canceled after the first round due to rain. The three winners from the Spring Series all came from different teams. They were the same three teams that finished in the top-3 of the Little 500 the past two years. Cutters dominated Quali-
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fications, Xavier Martinez of Black Key Bull’s had the best Individual Time Trial and Gray Goat won convincingly in Team Pursuit. Cutters will be wearing the yellow jerseys once again after edging out Gray Goat last year to win its 13th championship, the most in Little 500 history. The win also broke a six-year drought. Despite returning three riders from last year, Cutters doesn’t feel any pressure to repeat. “We’re coming into this as a competitor, not as someone who’s already won something,” Cutters junior William Huibregtse said. “I don’t think we’re going to have an issue with nerves or anxiety about the race because of expectations from last year.” In Qualifications, Cutters beat out Phi Kappa Psi by over
six seconds to claim pole position. It’s the second year in a row that Cutters had the best qualifications time. In Individual Time Trials, Cutters senior Noble Guyon came in second place to Martinez by less than one second. Team Pursuit was the only event that Cutters didn’t see success in after a rider slipped on one of the turns. “I think something that teams often deal with going into a Little 500 after winning, they kind of just expect to be good without changing anything,” Huibregtse said. “We definitely took this year with the mindset that we still have everything to prove.” NEH Cycling is a new team in the field this year. Despite that, it has more experience than most others. After pledging to Alpha
Epsilon Pi last year, Griffin Tichenor and Reid Geiger decided to leave the fraternity and its Little 500 team to form their own independent team. Nick’s English Hut agreed to sponsor the team which resulted in the founding of NEH Cycling. It features three riders who have raced in the Little 500 before. The fourth rider is rookie Fergus Arthur, who placed eighth in ITTs. “The expectation is to be in the hunt,” Tichenor said. “If it’s our day then hopefully we can come out with the win. Ultimately, nothing is guaranteed in Little 500. It’s a lot of luck. A lot of factors go into the win. We’re really just trying to do our best and we think on a good day, we can get the win.” Luck hasn’t been on the side of Gray Goat the past two years. It has finished as the
runner up to Cutters in 2018 and to Black Key Bulls in 2017. With all three of those teams returning multiple key riders, it’s not difficult to imagine those three teams finishing in the top three for the third straight year. No matter the favorites, everyone has the same odds when the race begins. All 33 teams will push until the end for that opportunity to hold the Borg-Warner Trophy. “Race day, anything can happen,” Gray Goat sophomore Jack Dunsford said. “Everything kind of goes out the window for that day. It’s just all about what you can do for that day.”
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Recent race winners Cutters — 2018 Black Key Bulls — 2017 Delta Tau Delta — 2016 Sigma Phi Epsilon — 2015 Black Key Bulls — 2014 Beta Theta Pi — 2013 Delta Tau Delta — 2012 Cutters — 2011 Cutters — 2010 Cutters — 2009 SOURCE: IU Foundation
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