Atkinson earns podium spot in first race
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | by Alan Moore

BATON ROUGE - Junior Taylor Atkinson became the first student to represent Centenary in a collegiate track cycling event at the VeloRouge Track Races last weekend.

The event, August 11-12, was hosted by the LSU Cycling Club at the Baton Rouge Velodrome and was a part of the current track racing calendar for the South Central Collegiate Cycling Conference. Centenary was joined by LSU, Tulane, the University of Texas and Texas A&M.

Atkinson finished on the podium with a third-place finish, scoring 26 omnium points in the Men's B competition. He participated in 10 events including a first-place in Team Sprint and second places in the miss-and-out and Australian. He grabbed third in the individual pursuit, flying 200-meter, and chariot race. He tallied fourth-place marks in the kilo, scratch race, and points race and posted fifth place in the flying lap. 

The LaPlace, La., native’s first experience in track racing left an impression.

"I like it. It's interesting," he said. "It's tough. All the sprinting was wearing me out. I barely got the third place in the chariot race. It was brutal. My legs were dead."