When the men’s Little 500 race begins Saturday, the Black Key Bulls will be sporting white after winning the spring series competition for the fourth year in a row.
Spring series is composed of three events — individual time trials, Miss N Out and team pursuit. Each takes place in the roughly one-month-long period between qualifications and the race and gives riders extra chances for competition and track time.
Black Key Bulls won the right to wear white thanks to a victory in team pursuit and an individual win by sophomore Xavier Martinez in ITTs.
In ITTs at the end of March, BKB had three different riders finish in the top 10, which included Martinez’s top time of 2:19.420.
BKB was also the only team to have multiple riders make it to the final heat of Miss N Out. Martinez and Will Ottenweller were beaten out by Cutters senior Nick Thiery, who took home the title in that event.
Heading into team pursuit, the final event of the spring series, BKB had a comfortable lead in the standings and posted the top time in the preliminary heats for the event.
In the championship heat, BKB took on surprise finalist Christian Student Fellowship and coasted to a win by nearly 30 seconds to wrap up the spring title.
BKB will start in eighth position during the Little 500 after posting a time of 2:26.451 at qualifications. Heading into team pursuit, Martinez said winning the spring series would mean a lot to him and his teammates. On race day, their white jerseys will make it clear to spectators and other teams that BKB turned in yet another strong spring performance.
“I love the white jersey,” Martinez said. “It’s a really hard one to win because it shows that you put in so much work throughout the year.”
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This was the second win in the last four years for Black Key Bulls.
Gray Goat, Cutters, Beta Theta Pi and Sigma Alpha Epsilon rounded out the top five.
Alpha Omicron Pi, Delta Gamma, Alpha Chi Omega and SKI rounded out the top five, in that order.
Kappa Alpha Theta won the 30th running.
Saturday's forecast projects over an 85 percent chance of rain in the hours leading up to the race.