Four champs crowned on penultimate day of Elite Track Nationals

  
  


Jackie Crowell on top of the podium after winning the points race
Jackie Crowell on top of the podium after winning the points race
Carson, Calif.  (September 29, 2012) –
The penultimate day of the 2012 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships featured plenty of excitement that ended with four new national champions being crowned.
 
Jacquelyn Crowell enjoys success at the beginning of her track cycling career
 
After only racing on the track for about a month, Jacquelyn Crowell (Maitland, Fla./Exergy TWENTY 12) grabbed the national title in the women’s points race tonight.
 
A roadie by background, Crowell lapped the field once with Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, Calif./NOW and Novartis for MS) and at the end of the 100 laps had scored 32 points to take the win. She adds the gold medal to a collection which also includes a gold medal she earned last night with teammates Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo.) and Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C.) in the team pursuit.
 
“I knew I’d race aggressively because I have the endurance from the road, so I went into it knowing that I have that strength over the other riders,” Crowell explained afterwards. “My plan was to attack after the sprints and I did that successfully. I lapped the field with Beth Newell, and after that, I think she was spent and I was able to keep going.”
 
Finishing second to the new track cyclist was teammate Higgins, who also scored 32 points, and Newell took the bronze medal with 26 points. Lauren Hall (Dolores, CO/UCI WPT: TIBCO to The Top) and Kimberly Geist (Emmaus, PA/Chester County Cycling Foundation) rounded out the podium with 18 and 9 points.
 
2012 Olympian Bobby Lea takes a lap to win the men’s points race
 
Bobby Lea in the points race
Bobby Lea in the points race
Right from the get-go in the men’s points race, 2012 Olympian Bobby Lea (Mertztown, PA/Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) put himself into position to win.
 
“It ended up falling right in my hands when I got up the road with three other guys, and as luck would have it, I was able to get away from them and take a lap solo,” Lea explained afterwards. “My teammate Jackie Simes was in the field waiting for me.  Then it was just recovering, protecting the lead, and taking it ten laps at a time.”
 
With a total of 39 points, Lea took his 14th national title. Winning the silver and bronze medals were Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, CA/) and Liam Donoghue (Chicago, IL/xXx Racing) with 24 and 17 points respectively. Daniel Holt (Atlanta, GA/Team Type 1- Development) and Stefan Rothe (Austin, TX/Tulsa Tough Racing pb ICEdot) grabbed the fourth and fifth steps of the podium tonight.
 
Walker holds off Godby for the women’s sprint title
 
Cristin Walker won the sprint final against Madalyn Godby
Cristin Walker won the sprint final against Madalyn Godby
After qualifying in second in the 200-meter time trial, Cristin Walker (Houston, TX/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic) held off first-place qualifier and Thursday’s 500-meter time trial champ Madalyn Godby (Louisville, CO/enCompass Racing) in the decider of the women’s sprint final. Earlier in the night, Tela Crane (Sammamish, WA/Broadmark Capital/Lake Washington Velo) won the bronze medal match against Dana Feiss (Telford, PA/Home Depot Center Team/CPT) while Melissa (Missy) Erickson (Cypress, CA/) grabbed the final spot on the podium in fifth.
 
Massie claims victory in the men’s keirin
 
Sprint strong man Giddeon Massie (Cypress, CA/Bike Religion) took the gold medal in the men’s keirin tonight after national sprint champion Matthew Baranoski (Perkasie, PA/Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) crossed the line first but was relegated by officials. Next up for the silver and bronze medals were Andrew Lakatosh (Trexlertown, PA/Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) and Danny Robertson (Rolling Meadows, IL/WDT-Allvoi International Cycling Team) while TJ Mathieson (Redondo Beach, CA/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic) and Daniel Walker (Orange, CA/Rubicon Cycling) rounded out the podium in fourth and fifth.
 
Next up at Elite Track Nationals
 
Racing will conclude tomorrow in a single session which will crown national champions in the men’s kilometer time trial, women’s team sprint, and the men’s and women’s Madison. Three para-cycling national titles will also be decided as riders compete in the men’s one-kilometer time trial and the women’s 500-meter and one-kilometer time trials.
 
How to follow the event
 
Follow the event on twitter tomorrow 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.
 
Complete results are here.
 
2012 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships
VELO Sports Center – Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
September 27-30, 2012
 
Women’s Points Race
1. Jacquelyn Crowell (Maitland, FL/U.S.A. National Team)
2. Cari Higgins (Boulder, CO/Exergy Twenty12)
3. Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, CA/NOW and Novartis for MS/Now Cycling)
4. Lauren Hall (Dolores, CO/UCI WPT: TIBCO to The Top)
5. Kimberly Geist (Emmaus, PA/Chester County Cycling Foundation)
 
Men’s Points Race
1. Bobby Lea (Mertztown, PA/Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA) 39
2. Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, CA/) 24
3. Liam Donoghue (Chicago, IL/xXx Racing) 17
4. Daniel Holt (Atlanta, GA/Team Type 1- Development) 16
5. Stefan Rothe (Austin, TX/Tulsa Tough Racing pb ICEdot) 15
 
Women’s Sprint
1. Cristin Walker (Houston, TX/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic)
2. Madalyn Godby (Louisville, CO/enCompass Racing)
3. Tela Crane (Sammamish, WA/Broadmark Capital/Lake Washington Velo)
4. Dana Feiss (Telford, PA/Home Depot Center Team/CPT)
5. Melissa (Missy) Erickson (Cypress, CA/)
 
Men’s Keirin
1. Giddeon Massie (Cypress, CA/Bike Religion)
2. Andrew Lakatosh (Trexlertown, PA/Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA)
3. Danny Robertson (Rolling Meadows, IL/WDT-Allvoi International Cycling Team)
4. TJ Mathieson (Redondo Beach, CA/Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic)
5. Daniel Walker (Orange, CA/Rubicon Cycling)


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