College Sports

Blue Raiders like their chances

One goal for first-year coach David Grigsby and his Lindsey Wilson cycling team is to get on the podium in dual slalom this weekend.

That would mean the Blue Raiders will have finished in the top five of the competition at Lees-McRae College.

Grigsby also believes Lindsey Wilson has a good chance at winning an individual national title in dual slalom with Weston Pope, a junior from Clarksville, Ind.

Pope also is a three-time world champion in motocross biking.

"We have an incredible team," said Grigsby. The Raiders won the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference title in Division I.

"We're a smaller school," said Grigsby, "but we have the option of competing in Division I if we choose. Anybody in Division II can opt for that."

Lindsey Wilson is taking 11 cyclists to the three-day competition starting Friday.

Matt Dooley is a multi-event state champion from California. Clayton Omer is a Kentucky champion.

Grigsby is a professional coach with an online and local coaching business. He designs training programs, helps with technique and lays out a calender for weight lifting and other conditioning.