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Monday, April 23, 2018

Kappa Alpha Theta repeats as Women’s Little 500 champs

Kappa Alpha Theta sprinted away from the pack in the final two corners to win the 31st running of the Women’s Little 500. The win, the fourth in five years, is Theta’s eighth Little 500 title.

Women's Little 500

Kappa Alpha Theta’s Sydney Keaton is swarmed by fans after the team’s win in the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Kappa Alpha Theta fans rush the track after their team won the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Kappa Alpha Theta coach Ryan Knapp, left, speaks to riders Erika Arakawa, second from left, Sydney Keaton, Laura Anne Watanabe and Rachel Brown before the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Riders wait for introductions before the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Teams line up for rider introductions before the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Flagger Chap Blackwell explains the flags to riders before the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Riders including Alpha Omicron Pi’s Chelsea Patterson (Richardson), center, wait for introductions before the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Kappa Alpha Theta riders Rachel Brown, left, Erika Arakawa and Sydney Keaton walk to their pit after team introductions before the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

A skydiver delivers the American flag during the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Balloons are released at the start of the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Flagger Chap Blackwell waves the green flag to start the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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SKI rider Ivy Moore (10) leads a pack of riders down the front stretch during the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Delta Gamma Laurie Bignal gets on the bike after a botched exchange during the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

A pack of riders including Kappa Alpha Theta’s Erika Arakawa race down the back stretch during the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Team lap counters watch as riders, not pictured, pass below them in turn two during the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

The leading pack of riders race through turn two during the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Alpha Chi Omega fans cheer on their riders during the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Kappa Alpha Theta’s Laura Anne Watanabe leads a group of riders through turn two during the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Delta Gamma rider Audrey Morlan, right, hits the cinders after exchanging with teammate Hanna Coppens during the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Kappa Alpha Theta’s Rachel Brown reacts after the team won the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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Kappa Alpha Theta rider Laura Anne Watanabe (1) celebrates with Meghan Piero after the team won the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Kappa Alpha Theta’s Sydney Keaton sits on the track after the team won the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Kappa Alpha Theta riders including Rachel Brown, right, and Erika Arakawa celebrate their team’s win in the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Kappa Alpha Theta riders Erika Arakawa, left, Rachel Brown, Laura Anne Watanabe and Sydney Keaton celebrate their win in the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Kappa Alpha Theta riders Erika Arakawa, left, Sydney Keaton, Rachel Brown and Laura Anne Watanabe prepare to take a victory lap after the team’s win in the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

Women's Little 500

Kappa Alpha Theta’s Laura Anne Watanabe celebrates with fans after the team’s win in the Women’s Little 500 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday, April 20, 2018. (James Brosher/IU Communications)

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