Elite Track Nationals continue with lots of heated racing on day 2

  
  


The women's keirin came down to a photo finish.
The women's keirin came down to a photo finish.
Carson, Calif.  (September 28, 2012) –
 It was another exciting day of racing at the 2012 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships on Friday with four elite national titles awarded, plus another six national titles awarded in the para-cycling categories.
 
Jennifer Valente claims her first elite national title
 
One of the most exciting events of the day was the women’s keirin final.  Cristin Walker (Houston, TX/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic) put herself in the front position right from the start, but when the pacer pulled off, the race was on. The leader’s position changed a few times, and in the end it took a photo finish to name 17-year-old Jennifer Valente (San Diego, CA/Exergy TWENTY12) the new national champion.
 
“Going into it I was nervous, that’s for sure,” the junior said after cooling down. “It was my last official race as a junior so there was a little pressure but I was just trying to have fun with it. The actual race was really hard and the whole field was made up of friends and teammates that I train with day in and day out.”
 
The win marks Valente’s first national title at the elite level. Walker settled for the silver while Tela Crane (Sammamish, WA/Broadmark Capital/Lake Washington Velo) collected bronze. Dana Feiss (Telford, PA/Home Depot Center Team/CPT) and Shelby Reynolds (Cypress, TX/Helens/Cannondale/Helens Racing) rounded out the podium in fourth and fifth.  
 
Matthew Baranoski completes his comeback with a win in the sprint
 
Baranoski is on the top step after winning the men's sprint.
Baranoski is on the top step after winning the men's sprint.
This weekend, Matthew Baranoski (Perkasie, PA/Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) is wrapping up what has proven to be a very eventful month for him. The Penn State student won the elite national title in the men’s sprint this evening after beating out teammate Andrew Lakatosh (Trexlertown, PA/Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) in the gold medal round.
 
The win comes just one week after the 19-year-old won two collegiate national titles on the track, a feat he completed just 20 days after having surgery for a broken collar bone.
 
Winning the bronze medal match in the men’s sprint was Giddeon Massie (Cypress, CA/Bike Religion) when he bested the top qualifier, TJ Mathieson (Redondo Beach, CA/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic). Conor Klupar (Fall City, WA/Revel Consulting/Rad Racing NW) grabbed the podium’s final step in fifth.

 
Olympic silver medalist Tamayo teams up with Higgins and Crowell for team pursuit gold
 
Team Exergy TWENTY 12 took the top step of the podium twice today. In addition to Valente’s win in the keirin, the team’s trio of Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C.), Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo.), and Jacquelyn Crowell (Maitland, Fla.) struck gold in the women’s team pursuit. They posted a time of 3:38.027 to beat out the Quads’N Dots squad of Korina Huizar (Roseville, Calif.), Amanda Seigle (Citrus Heights, Calif.), and Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, Calif.).
 
The Exergy TWENTY 12 girls are congratulated for their team pursuit win
The Exergy TWENTY 12 girls are congratulated for their team pursuit win
“We have the ultimate teammate in Lauren Tamayo, an Olympic silver medalist. And we have myself, really experienced and and having spent years doing the team pursuit with Lauren so that we read each other really well,” Higgins explained after the win. “And we had a new girl, Jackie, who is so strong but doesn’t have experience in the team pursuit. So the strategy was to really teach her along the way, take all the stress off of her, let Lauren and I worry about the pacing, and just keep the team together.”
 
Winning the bronze medal match was Team DB’s Amber Gaffney (Claremont, Calif.), Tara McCormick (Long Beach, Calif.), and Joy McCulloch (Yucaipa, Calif.). They won over fourth place team, Now Cycling which was made up of Kate Wilson (Los Angeles, Calif.), Neva Day (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), and Morgan Kapp (Claremont, Calif.)
 
Team Type Zac takes the men’s team pursuit
 
The foursome of Charles Eldridge (Alpharetta, Ga.), Zachary Kovalcik (Portland, Ore.), Zack Noonan (Kutztown, Pa.), and Daniel Holt (Atlanta, Ga.) teamed up to form Team Type Zac. They took the gold medal over Team Chicago’s Thomas Briney (Chicago, Ill.), Liam Donoghue (Chicago, Ill.), David Moyer (Chicago, Ill.), and John Tomlinson (Chicago, Ill.). The Other Guys, made up of Daniel Gay (Temecula, Calif.), Andrew Kruse (Minneapolis, Minn.), Martin Vecchio (Detroit, Mich.), and Joe Kolling (Newport Beach, Calif.), grabbed the bronze medal.
 
2012 Olympians Dotsie Bausch, Jennie Reed, Lauren Tamayo, and Bobby Lea were on hand to sign autographs for fans on Friday.
2012 Olympians Dotsie Bausch, Jennie Reed, Lauren Tamayo, and Bobby Lea were on hand to sign autographs for fans on Friday.
Six para-cycling national champs are crowned

 
Team Wheel’s Kevin Meyers (Greenfield, Wis.) and Robert Springer (Kenosha, Wis.) clocked a 11.700 to claim the win in the Men’s BVI 200-meter time trial.
 
In the men’s C4 individual pursuit, Aaron Trent (Colorado Springs, CO/Speedfix Racing p/b Zubaz) rode his way into a Stars-and-Stripes jersey when he beat out silver medalist Jonathan Copsey (Colorado Springs, CO/Paralympic National Team) Jeffrey Martin (Oceanside, CA/Crank Cycling) won the pursuit for third ahead of Justin Widhalm (Fountain, CO/Ride 2 Recovery) while Steve Kelly (Draper, UT/Bountiful Mazda Cycling Team) grabbed fifth.
 
In the men’s C5 individual pursuit, it was Vincent Juarez (San Jose, CA/Team Mike's Bikes) to take the win ahead of second-place rider Zachary Linhardt (Yukon, OK/G S Adams Avenue Bicycles/Adams Avenue Bicycles)
 
Kelly Crowley (Redwood City, CA/Primal/Map My Ride Professional Women's Team), who won Paralympic bronze in both the road race and time trial, grabbed another medal for her collection tonight when she won the women’s C5 individual pursuit.
 
In the men’s BVI individual pursuit, Chester Triplett (Mooresville, NC/ColoBikeLaw.com) teamed up with Karl Erickson (Boulder, Colo./ColoBikeLaw.com) to clock a 4:37.705 for the win ahead of Kevin Meyers (Greenfield, Wis./Team Wheel & Sprocket) and Robert Springer (Kenosha, Wis./Team Wheel & Sprocket).
 
In the women’s BVI event, Kara Vatthauer (Tucson, Ariz.) and Mackenzie Woodring (Belmont, Mich./Einstein Racing) took the victory in 3:56.064 ahead of second-place duo Rachael Scdoris (Bend, Ore.) and Lisa Turnbull (Springfield, Ore.).
 
Next up at Elite Track Nationals
 
Saturday is going to be just as exciting as Friday was with the women’s sprint, men’s and women’s points races, and the men’s keirin.
 
How to follow the event
 
Over 2,000 people tuned in to the live streaming of tonight’s event. The stream is available tomorrow night too, so if you can’t make it to the VELO Sports Center – catch the action LIVE on USA Cycling’s website or at www.2012nationals.com.
 
Want to watch in person? USA Cycling members get $5 off the cost of admission for each session. Just visit the Home Depot Center box office before the event and show your USA Cycling license.
 
Additionally, you can follow the event on twitter using hashtag #TrackNats, visit www.usacycling.org each night to read the post-race reports, and check out USA Cycling’s PHOTO GALLERY from the event.

Get complete results here.
 
 
2012 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships
VELO Sports Center – Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
September 27-30, 2012
 
Women’s Team Pursuit
1. Exergy TWENTY12: Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C.), Jacquelyn Crowell (Maitland, Fla.), and Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo.) – 3:38.027
2. Quads’N Dots: Korina Huizar (Roseville, Calif.), Amanda Seigle (Citrus Heights, Calif.), and Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, Calif.) – 3:43.737
3. Team DB: Amber Gaffney (Claremont, Calif.), Tara McCormick (Long Beach, Calif.), and Joy McCulloch (Yucaipa, Calif.)
4. Now Cycling: Kate Wilson (Los Angeles, Calif.), Neva Day (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Morgan Kapp (Claremont, Calif.) – 3:45.739
 
Men’s Team Pursuit
1. Team Type Zac: Charles Eldridge (Alpharetta, Ga.), Zachary Kovalcik (Portland, Ore.), Zack Noonan (Kutztown, Pa.), and Daniel Holt (Atlanta, Ga.)
2. Chicago: Thomas Briney (Chicago, Ill.), Liam Donoghue (Chicago, Ill.), David Moyer (Chicago, Ill.), and John Tomlinson (Chicago, Ill.)
3. The Other Guys: Daniel Gay (Temecula, Calif.), Andrew Kruse (Minneapolis, Minn.), Martin Vecchio (Detroit, Mich.), and Joe Kolling (Newport Beach, Calif.)
 
Women’s Keirin
1. Jennifer Valente (San Diego, CA/Exergy TWENTY12/Exergy Twenty12)
2. Cristin Walker (Houston, TX/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic)
3. Tela Crane (Sammamish, WA/Broadmark Capital/Lake Washington Velo)
4. Dana Feiss (Telford, PA/Home Depot Center Team/CPT)
5. Shelby Reynolds (Cypress, TX/Helens/Cannondale/Helens Racing)
 
Men’s Sprint
1. Matthew Baranoski (Perkasie, PA/Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA)
2. Andrew Lakatosh (Trexlertown, PA/Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA)
3. Giddeon Massie (Cypress, CA/Bike Religion)
4. TJ Mathieson (Redondo Beach, CA/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic)
5. Conor Klupar (Fall City, WA/Revel Consulting/Rad Racing NW)
 
PARA Men BVI 200-meter Time Trial
1. Team Wheel: Kevin Meyers (Greenfield, Wis.) and Robert Springer (Kenosha, Wis.) – 11.700
 
PARA C4 Men’s Individual Pursuit
1. Aaron Trent (Colorado Springs, CO/Speedfix Racing p/b Zubaz)
2. Jonathan Copsey (Colorado Springs, CO/Paralympic National Team)
3. Jeffrey Martin (Oceanside, CA/Crank Cycling)
4. Justin Widhalm (Fountain, CO/Ride 2 Recovery)
5. steve kelly (Draper, UT/Bountiful Mazda Cycling Team)
 
PARA C5 Men’s Individual Pursuit
1. Vincent Juarez (San Jose, CA/Team Mike's Bikes)
2. Zachary Linhardt (Yukon, OK/G S Adams Avenue Bicycles/Adams Avenue Bicycles)
 
PARA C5 Women’s Individual Pursuit
1. Kelly Crowley (Redwood City, CA/Primal/Map My Ride Professional Women's Team)
 
PARA Men’s Individual Pursuit
1. Chester Triplett (Mooresville, NC/ColoBikeLaw.com) and Karl Erickson (Boulder, Colo./ColoBikeLaw.com) – 4:37.705
2. Kevin Meyers (Greenfield, Wis./Team Wheel & Sprocket) and Robert Springer (Kenosha, Wis./Team Wheel & Sprocket) – 4:49.612
 
PARA Women’s Individual Pursuit
1. Kara Vatthauer (Tucson, Ariz.) and Mackenzie Woodring (Belmont, Mich./Einstein Racing) – 3:56.064
2. Rachael Scdoris (Bend, Ore.) and Lisa Turnbull (Springfield, Ore.) – 4:05.322


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