True Graduate student and former Kappa Alpha Theta rider Kristen Metherd yells times at her team during Little 500 Team Pursuit on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
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2011.04.22
I know some people don't like shooting Team Pursuit, the last Spring Series event before the main Little 500 race. But, because I've never shot what most photographers consider a more exciting event (Miss-N-Out) and because this one has at least more interaction during the contest than that between riders exchanging bikes (Quals), I'm okay with shooting it.

To be honest, I like it a lot. Like what a rider said, the event shows how a team works together. (Or, as some of the following photos show, how one moment can wreck that work.)

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Graduate student and former Kappa Alpha Theta rider Kristen Metherd yells times at her team during Little 500 Team Pursuit on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Graduate student and former Kappa Alpha Theta rider Kristen Metherd yells times at her team during Little 500 Team Pursuit on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Sophomore Kappa Alpha Theta rider Rachel Metherd sits in the infield with an ice pack. Metherd said she does not remember the middle five laps of her team's heat. Sophomore Kappa Alpha Theta rider Rachel Metherd sits in the infield with an ice pack. Metherd said she does not remember the middle five laps of her team's heat. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Black Key Bulls rider Jack Rich signs a consent form from junior EMT volunteer Jennifer Kempfer during Little 500 Team Pursuit on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Rich hit Delta Tau Delta coach Ken Nowakowski after hitting a teammate's wheel, breaking Rich's collarbone. Black Key Bulls rider Jack Rich signs a consent form from junior EMT volunteer Jennifer Kempfer. Rich hit Delta Tau Delta coach Ken Nowakowski after hitting a teammate's wheel, breaking Rich's collarbone. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Delta Tau Delta coach Ken Nowakowski stands in the infield after bandaging his leg after an accident. Nowakowski burst a varicose vein after Black Key Bulls rider Jake Rich hit him on the edge of the track. After hearing that his team made the finals, Nowakowski said, “Oh, I gotta get cleaned up!” Delta Tau Delta coach Ken Nowakowski stands in the infield after bandaging his leg after an accident. Nowakowski burst a varicose vein after Black Key Bulls rider Jack Rich hit him on the edge of the track. After hearing that his team made the finals, Nowakowski said, “Oh, I gotta get cleaned up!” (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Senior Teter rider Caitlin Van Kooten and freshman rider Emma Caughlin rest outside the track before the women's final during Little 500 Team Pursuit on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Senior Teter rider Caitlin Van Kooten and freshman rider Emma Caughlin rest outside the track before the women's final. Teter and Delta Gamma made the final, with Teter clocking a record time of 7:50.11. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Senior SPQR riders Sheila Doheny and Tess Godfrey pedal toward turn four after their heat. Senior SPQR riders Sheila Doheny and Tess Godfrey pedal toward turn four after their heat. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Sophomore Phi Delta Theta rider Matt Habel waits for an EMT to treat his injuries after a late heat during Little 500 Team Pursuit on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Habel ran into sophomore teammate Brendan Wise after Wise's chain came off in turn four of their last lap. Coach Alan Smith said this was the “B” team from the fraternity; after their injuries were treated, Smith said, “Now I’m gonna get them pizza.” Sophomore Phi Delta Theta rider Matt Habel waits for an EMT to treat his injuries after a late heat.. Habel ran into sophomore teammate Brendan Wise after Wise's chain came off in turn four of their last lap. Coach Alan Smith said this was the “B” team from the fraternity; after their injuries were treated, Smith said, “Now I’m gonna get them pizza.”" (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Sophomore Team Revolution rider Christine Ball watches as junior EMT volunteer Jennifer Kempfer cleans her injuries during Little 500 Team Pursuit on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Ball received injuries on her leg and shoulder, as well as under her tank top, which her team calls a “fashion top.” Sophomore Team Revolution rider Christine Ball watches as junior EMT volunteer Jennifer Kempfer cleans her injuries.. Ball received injuries on her leg and shoulder, as well as under her tank top, which her team calls a “fashion top.” (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Senior Teter rider Caitlin Van Kooten looks across the track to the Delta Gamma team during the Little 500 Team Pursuit final on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Teter won with a time of 8:00.1. Senior Teter rider Caitlin Van Kooten looks across the track to the Delta Gamma team during the final heat. Teter won with a time of 8:00.1. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
The Teter team celebrates their victory in the final heat of Little 500 Team Pursuit on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Teter team celebrates their victory in the final heat of Little 500 Team Pursuit. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Riders from the Cutters watch Delta Tau Delta race down the front straightaway during the Little 500 Team Pursuit final. The Cutters missed the final heat by a recorded tenth of a second. Riders from the Cutters watch Delta Tau Delta race down the front straightaway during the Little 500 Team Pursuit final. The Cutters missed the final heat by a recorded tenth of a second. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Senior Delta Tau Delta rider R.J. Stuart and coach Ken Nowakowski celebrate winning the Little 500 Team Pursuit final on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Delta Tau Delta beat the Cutters by a recorded tenth of a second to reach the final, where they beat Sigma Chi. Senior Delta Tau Delta rider R.J. Stuart and coach Ken Nowakowski celebrate winning the Little 500 Team Pursuit final. Delta Tau Delta beat the Cutters by a recorded tenth of a second to reach the final, where they beat Sigma Chi by two and a half seconds. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris
Sophomore Delta Tau Delta rider Phil Sojka, junior rider Nick Leonard and senior rider James Coudright (on the ground) talk after winning the Little 500 Team Pursuit final on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Team alum Matt Neibler said he liked the team's decision to ride three races instead of racing in Miss-N-Out, even though if they had participated, they would likely have won the white jersey. Sophomore Delta Tau Delta rider Phil Sojka, junior rider Nick Leonard and senior rider James Coudright (on the ground) talk after winning the Little 500 Team Pursuit final on Saturday at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Team alum Matt Neibler said he liked the team's decision to ride three races instead of racing in Miss-N-Out, even though if they had participated, they would likely have won the white jersey. (Alex Farris | Indiana Daily Student) Alex Farris

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