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Phi Delta Theta And Alpha Chi Omega Take Pole Positions At Little 500 Qualifications
Updated March 31, 2014 1:30 PM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Phi Delta Theta and Alpha Chi Omega won the pole positions for the men's and women's races at the 2014 Little 500 qualifications Saturday.

Phi Delta Theta recorded a 2:22.57 qualifying run to capture the 64th men's Little 500 pole, while Alpha Chi Omega took the pole for the 27th running of the women's race with 2:41.16.

Heavy rain Friday night through Saturday morning flooded the track in Bill Armstrong Stadium. Puddles accumulated on various parts of the quarter-mile circuit. The rain forced a five-hour delay, causing the regularly scheduled 8 a.m. qualification times to be pushed back to 1 p.m.

This year's men's and women's poles were roughly one second slower than the best times in 2013.

Four men's teams -- Malone Cycling, Zeta Beta Tau, Theta Chi and Pi Kappa Phi -- failed to qualify for the race. For Theta Chi, this year will mark the first time since 2005 that the team did not qualify for the race.

Alpha Epsilon Phi and Pi Beta Phi did not qualify for the women's race. Both teams faulted during their third attempts to make the field of 33.

The women's race will include three rookie teams. Ski Club Cycling at seventh, IU Nursing at 27th and Delta Phi Epsilon at 32nd will all get their first tastes of competing in the women's Little 500. The men's race will have one rookie qualifier, Northern Indiana Cycling, which will start in the 29th position.

The next competition for the teams competing in the Little 500 will be Wednesday afternoon with the Individual Time Trials. Riders will take to the track as individuals to see who reigns fastest in a four-lap sprint around the track.

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