The mountain biking team at Brevard College logged a huge victory at the Division I USA Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championship, held at Snowshoe Mountain, W.Va. over the weekend.

The win marks a first for the Brevard College mountain biking program, which came away with second place honors in last year’s competition.

“I’m floored and beyond proud of the efforts put in by our entire team and coaching staff this weekend,” said head cycling coach Brad Perley. “It’s certainly the culmination of lots of hard work over the years and it wouldn’t be possible without all the great people involved in this program.”

The mountain biking team at Brevard College has been excelling for years now, and with Pisgah and DuPont Forest situated conveniently in the school’s Blue Ridge backyard, it’s easy to see why.

Sarah Hill, a Brevard College senior hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa, came away with first place in the women’s omnium, a track event designed to test strength, endurance, speed and tactical ability.

“I am so overwhelmed!” Hill later said. “Everything just went exactly right and I couldn’t think of a better way to end my collegiate career. Brevard is absolutely the best team in the entire country, and I am confident that I pass the baton onto some amazing riders.”

Also notable was the performance of Junior Walker Shaw of Hendersonville, N.C., who earned runner-up in the men’s individual omnium.

Another Blue Ridge school that crested the top 5 was Lees-McRae College of Banner Elk, N.C. They came away with fourth place in the team standings behind Brevard College, Fort Lewis College, and Marian University.

For more info, including individual results and a full list of team standings, click here.