14 titles awarded on day 2 of Juniors Track Nationals


The second day of the 2012 USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships saw national titles awarded in the international omnium, individual pursuit, sprint and time trial on Thursday at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center. Reigning junior world scratch race champion Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./Exergy TWENTY12) secured an automatic nomination to the UCI Junior World Championships in New Zealand next month by beating the qualifying time of 37.661 in the 17-18 women’s 500-meter time trial.
Valente rode a blazing 37.551, and even after she knew she beat the qualifying time, triple checked it once again after the medals ceremonies.
“It’s a target on your back, that’s how it feels,” Valente said of winning the junior world title in the scratch race in Moscow last year. “I’m glad to be back here. It’s my last year as a junior and I’m trying to inspire the young kids,” she said as she pointed behind her to some 10-12-year-olds getting ready for their first gold medal event. “It’s not an event I focus on,” she said of the 500 T.T., “so I’m really pleased. I’m psyched I won and it’s more than I can ask for that I also made the junior worlds time standard.”
Alex Freund (Davis, Calif./Davis Cycling) and Tara McCormick (Long Beach, Calif./Exergy Twenty12) took home track cycling’s ‘best all-around’ title, winning the men’s and women’s 17-18 international omnium competition.
Freund placed third in the three-kilometer individual pursuit, second in the scratch race and second in the kilometer to earn 13 points, edging Greg Ratzell (Blandon, Pa./Young Medalists-Team Rothrock) by two points in the overall standings.
“This is only my second junior track nationals,” said Freund, who plans on majoring in mechanical engineering at Cal-Berkley in the fall. “This is very rewarding because I’ve done a lot of road nationals and this is my first championship. I got third in the omnium at junior track nationals last year.”
Bailey Semian earned silver in the women's omnium.
Bailey Semian earned silver in the women's omnium.
McCormick, in her first year as a 17-18, also earned 13 points to outdistance Bailey Semian (Mertztown, PA/Team TIBCO II) by three points. On Thursday, McCormick, who is racing age 17 and graduated high school two years early, placed first in the two-kilometer individual time trial, a very disappointing sixth in the scratch race, and then first in the 500-meter time trial to win the omnium championship. It’s her third junior national title after winning the omnium as a 15-16 and the junior national criterium two weeks ago.
“This is one of the two events I’ve been focusing on,” said McCormick, who will also ride the team pursuit. “It was definitely an up and down performance. I had some bad results and some amazing results, and it came down to the last race.”
Jordan Cullen (Hudson, Wisc./Slipstream-Craddock) earned his first-ever Stars-and-Stripes jersey in his very first junior track nationals by posting a 3:35.088 in the men’s 17-18 three-kilometer individual pursuit. Cullen, 18, races mainly on the road, but edged teammate Greg Daniel (Englewood, Calif./Slipstream-Craddock) by almost two seconds.
“Just going in, I wasn’t sure how I would pace it,” he admitted. “In training, I never did a full 3K. My dad was calling out the splits, and they were faster than I wanted going in, but I felt good, so I decided to go with it.”
Laurel Rathbun (Monument, Colo./JET Cycling) trailed Kirsten Williams (Lonetree, Colo./Natural Grocers) 1-0 in the best-of-three sprint finals for the 15-16 women when she crashed making a move out of turn two. She came back on the re-ride to win the heat, and then the final heat to claim the gold medal for the sprint.
“This is only my second year of track nationals,” Rathbun said, calling her first experience last year, “not good. I was training more for this. I guess I got more motivated [after the crash].”
Addy Albershardt (Matthews, N.C./Now and Novartis) said she blew up in the women’s 17-18 two-kilometer pursuit, but she also blew away the competition to earn the fourth gold medal and Stars-and-Stripes jersey of her career. The 18-year-old, who competed at junior worlds last year, rode a blistering 2:29.075 in the third heat, easily better than best friend Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO II), who rode 2:42.782.
“It’s always nice to win another jersey,” Albershardt said. “I’m just focused on doing the best I can do, not on the rider I’m chasing or who is alongside me. I started out really fast and kind of blew up. The last two laps I was trying to go as hard as I could to finish. I didn’t think I was going to win because of the way I blew up. Even though I won, it was a bad race.”
Caleb Koch (Glenview, IL/ISCorp Cycling) put a lot of distance between himself and the rest of the field in the men’s 17-18 kilometer. Koch picked up the third junior national title of his career by riding a 1:07.972 for a 2.5-second advantage over second place Clan Farley (Pittstown, N.J./Chester County Cycling).
“I tried to have the best start and lay it all on the line,” said Koch, who won the 15-16 omnium two years ago and was on the winning team sprint last year. “I kind of died toward the end but it got me to where I wanted to be with a gold medal.”
Chazmichael Morales (El Segundo, CA/Cycles Veloce) qualified first in the men’s 15-16 200-meter time trial with a personal best 11.99, and won the sprint in straight rides against Matt Valencia (Los Altos, CA/Specialized) in the semifinals and Grayson Brookshire (Hendersonville, NC/Chainheart Cycling) in the finals.
“I’m quick because I used to be a skinny 10-12 and 13-14,” Morales said of his tactics after earning the fifth junior national gold medal of his career. “This track is fast. I had my personal best on an outdoor track.”
Victor Morandi (Houston, TX/Northwest Cycling) blew away the competition with a 35.865 in the men’s 13-14 500-meter time trial. Despite a shaky start, Morandi finished almost two full seconds ahead of silver medal-winner Alex Ratzell (Blandon, PA/Young Medalists/Team Rothrock).
“I’m not too comfortable in my standing starts,” said Morandi, who won a silver medal in the 500 for the same age group last year. “I was starting too far back and it almost made me do a wheelie. It kind of makes me mad because of that didn’t happen, I might have had a junior national record. I’m still pretty happy though.”
The ladies 13-14 TT winners pose atop the podium.
The ladies 13-14 TT winners pose atop the podium.
Summer Moak
(Katy, Texas/Northwest Cycling) took off so hard in her 500 for the 13-14 girls that she had no idea she knocked over the official holder until they told her after the race. Her time of 39.663 was almost three full seconds better than silver medal winner Emma Fickel (Rochester Hills, Mich.). Moak now has five junior national gold medals in her career after winning four as a 10-12-year-old.
“I thought it was a really good start,” she said, “and when I got back, they told me I knocked over the holder. It was an all-out effort … I was one second off the national record for my group. I like this track much better than the track I come from.”
Samantha Hribick (Bethlehem, Pa./Team Alliance Environmental) earned her first junior national medal with a win in the women’s 10-12 500-meter time trial, putting her in first place in the omnium standings.
“I was nervous and trying to concentrate,” she said of her start to the lap and a half race. “The key is to look forward.”
Weston Giem (Valencia, Calif./Major Motion Cycling) won the 500 for the 10-12 boys.
“I was a little tense at the start,” he admitted, “but I was confident and didn’t want to be too confident to feel too comfortable. I felt good and I followed it up.”
Coming Up
Action continues through Sunday with two sessions on Friday. Tomorrow’s 9 a.m. session will include men’s 17-18 sprint qualifying and the sprints for both men and women 17-18 as well as time trial races. The evening session, which begins at 5 p.m. and will run with the international professional World Series of Cycling events in between, will feature medals races in the scratch races for the 10-12, 13-14 and 15-16, as well as the points race for the 17-18 groups, men’s and women’s sprint finals and team pursuit.
For more information, including start lists, schedule, results, photos and daily event recaps, are available on the USA Cycling’s Juniors Track National Championships webpage. Follow the event on Twitter using the hashtag #JrTrack and purchase event photos at cyclingcaptured.com.
USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships
Valley Preferred Cycling Center/Breinigsville, Pa.
July 11 – 14, 2012
17-18 Men’s Omnium Final
1. Alexander Freund (Davis, CA/Davis Bike Club) 13
2. Gregory Ratzell (Blandon, PA/Young Medalists / Team Rothrock/Young Medalists/ Team Rothrock) 15
3. Michael Dessau (Boulder, CO/Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) 22
4. Zachary Carlson (Plano, TX/Matrix/RBM/Matrix Cycling Club) 33
5. Christopher Meacham (Jamison, PA/Young Medalists / Team Rothrock/Young Medalists/ Team Rothrock) 35
17-18 Women’s Omnium Final
1. Tara McCormick (Long Beach, CA/Exergy Twenty12) 13
2. Bailey Semian (Mertztown, PA/Team TIBCO II) 16
3. Nadia Latzgo (Fogelsville, PA/Young Medalists/ Team Rothrock) 22
4. Sarah Huang (Kenosha, WI/Exergy TWENTY12/Exergy Twenty12) 27
5. Ellen Noble (Kennebunkport, ME/Trek) 29
17-18 Men’s Individual Pursuit
1. Jordan Cullen (Hudson, WI/Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) 3:35.088
2. Gregory Daniel (Englewood, CO/Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) 3:37.549
3. Zachary Carlson (Plano, TX/Matrix/RBM/Matrix Cycling Club) 3:42.635
4. Jonathon Schilling (Grover, MO/Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) 3:42.704
5. Alexander Freund (Davis, CA/Davis Bike Club) 3:44.596
17-18 Women’s Individual Pursuit
1. Addyson Albershardt (Matthews, NC/NOW and Novartis for MS/Now Cycling) 2:39.705
2. Alexis Ryan (Ventura, CA/Team TIBCO II) 2:42.742
3. Bailey Semian (Mertztown, PA/Team TIBCO II) 2:46.932
4. Nadia Latzgo (Fogelsville, PA/Young Medalists/ Team Rothrock) 2:47.862
5. Sarah Huang (Kenosha, WI/Exergy TWENTY12/Exergy Twenty12) 2:50.393
15-16 Men’s Sprint
1. Edward Horvet (West Hills, CA/Encino Velo Cycling Club)
2. Matthew Valencia (Los Altos, CA/Team Specialized Racing Juniors/Team Specialized Racing)
3. Chazmichael Morales (El Segundo, CA/Cycles Veloce)
4. Grayson Brookshire (Hendersonville, NC/Chainheart Cycling Studio)
5. James Mellen (Schnecksville, PA/Team Alliance Environmental/Chester County Cycling Foundation)
15-16 Women’s Sprint
1. Laurel Rathbun (Monument, CO/JETCycling/JET Cycling)
2. Kirsten Williams (Lonetree, CO/Natural Grocers Cycling Team)
3. Hannah McDade (Tigard, OR/Beaverton Bicycle Club)
4. Julia Sante (Queensbury, NY/Farm Team Cycling)
5. Payton Thomas (Grapevine, TX/FCS Cycling)
10-12 Men’s Time Trial
1. Weston Giem (Valencia, CA/Major Motion Cycling Club) 42.33
2. Reydesel Garcia III (Mckinney, TX/Matrix/RBM/Matrix Cycling Club) 42.965
3. Alexander Tveter (Derry, NH/Cycle Loft Velo) 43.523
4. Thomas Berdahl (Allentown, PA/) 43.788
5. Joshua Gibson (Katy, TX/Northwest Cycling Club) 44.06
13-14 Men’s Time Trial
1. Victor Morandi (Houston, TX/Northwest Cycling Club) 35.865
2. Alec Ratzell (Blandon, PA/Young Medalists/ Team Rothrock) 37.562
3. Luke Mullis (Rochester Hills, MI/Wolverine Sports Club) 37.881
4. Mikey Waine (Douglasville, GA/Junior Flyers) 38.343
5. Grant McElroy (Portland, OR/Beaverton Bicycle Club) 38.592
17-18 Men’s Time Trial
1. Kaleb Koch (Glenview, IL/ISCorp Cycling Team/Nova Cycle Sports Foundation) 1:07.972
2. Calan Farley (Pittstown, NJ/Chester County Cycling Foundation) 1:10.273
3. Gregory Ratzell (Blandon, PA/Young Medalists / Team Rothrock) 1:10.774
4. Bobby Unverzagt (Torrance, CA/Get Crackin'-MS Society/VRC) 1:11.619
5. William Richter (Rock Hill, SC/Hincapie Development team) 1:11.947
10-12 Women’s Time Trial
1. Samantha Hribick (Bethlehem, PA/Team Alliance Environmental/Chester County Cycling Foundation) 43.206
2. Kiley Krasley (Coplay, PA/Chester County Cycling Foundation) 43.726
3. Isabella Brookshire (Hendersonville, NC/DIY Junior Development Team p/b ABRC/Asheville Bicycle Racing Club) 45.137
4. Eve Chavez (Northridge, CA/Major Motion Development/Stage 17 Racing) 45.59
5. Marcy Bardman (Barto, PA/Young Medalists / Team Rothrock/Young Medalists/ Team Rothrock) 47.213
13-14 Women’s Time Trial
1. Summer Moak (Katy, TX/Northwest Cycling Club) 39.663
2. Emma Fickel (Rochester Hills, MI/) 42.465
3. Courtney Krasley (Coplay, PA/Chester County Cycling Foundation) 43.011
4. Courtney Comer (San Marcos, CA/ACQUA AL 2/SDBC/San Diego Bicycle Club) 43.656
5. Eva Burke (Macungie, PA/) 43.734
17-18 Women’s Time Trial
1. Jennifer Valente (San Diego, CA/Exergy TWENTY12/Exergy Twenty12) 37.557
2. Chloe Chepigin (Chappaqua, NY/Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell &Shebell/Riptide Cycling) 39.123
3. Melissa Garcia (Bethlehem, PA/Team Alliance Environmental/Chester County Cycling Foundation) 40.679
4. Shannon Bhatia (San Jose, CA/Team TIBCO II) 40.746
5. Ellen Noble (Kennebunkport, ME/Trek) 40.829
15-16 Men’s Points Race
1. Matthew Valencia (Los Altos, CA/Team Specialized Racing Juniors/Team Specialized Racing) 37
2. Jordan Marhanka (Pickens, SC/DIY Junior Development Team p/b ABRC/Asheville Bicycle Racing Club) 33
3. Zeke Mostov (San Francisco, CA/Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development) 29
4. Broderick Hartley (Lilburn, GA/JET Cycling) 26
5. Gavin Hoover (Manhattan Beach, CA/CPT) 20
15-16 Women’s Points Race
1. Evelyn Korbich (New Tripoli, PA/Young Medalists / Team Rothrock/Young Medalists/ Team Rothrock) 13
2. Laurel Rathbun (Monument, CO/JETCycling/JET Cycling) 13
3. Kirsten Williams (Lonetree, CO/Natural Grocers Cycling Team) 10
4. Lucia Carreno (Ruidoso, NM/Major Motion Cycling Club) 8
5. Payton Thomas (Grapevine, TX/FCS Cycling) 7

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