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Delta Gamma Takes Pole Position In 30th Women's Little 500
Updated March 28, 2017 6:22 AM | Filed under: Sports
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(BLOOMINGTON) - On Saturday, teams cycled around the track at Bill Armstrong Stadium to determine their starting positions in the Little 500.

Delta Gamma took the pole position with a record breaking 2:33:308 qualifying time.

Kappa Alpha Theta finished second with a time of 2:37.368. Alpha Omicron Pi, the Ski Club and Alpha Chi Omega rounded out the top five.

The 30th Women's Little 500 is scheduled for April 21 at 4 p.m.

Throughout qualifications the men's teams struggled with faults. The weather played a major factor for men's teams who rode later in the afternoon and heavy rains pelted the track.

Twenty-one teams made multiple attempts to qualify.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon recorded a time of 2:22.580.

The men will race on April 22 at 2 p.m.

The Little 500 (also known popularly as the "Little Five"), is a bicycle race held annually during the third weekend of April at Bill Armstrong Stadium on the campus of Indiana University in Bloomington.

It is attended by more than 25,000 fans each year.

The race was founded in 1951 by Howdy Wilcox Jr., Executive Director of the Indiana University Student Foundation, who modeled the race after the Indianapolis 500, which his father had won in 1919.

Racers compete in teams of four, racing relay-style for 200 laps (50 miles) along a quarter-mile (440 yards) cinder track. Thirty-three teams are selected in qualifications trials to compete in the main race, but this year only 32 qualified.

Money raised by the event goes towards a scholarship fund for working IU students.

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