More Titles Awarded on Penultimate Day of Juniors Track Nationals

  
  


Lucas Wardein wins the Mens 17-18 Scratch Race
Lucas Wardein wins the Mens 17-18 Scratch Race
Breinigsville, Pa  (July 14, 2012) –
 The fourth day of the 2012 USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships saw ten more national titles awarded on Saturday at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in the scratch race, keirin, and omnium.
 
Reigning junior world scratch race champion Jennifer Valente (Sand Diego, CA/Exergy TWENTY12) won the women’s keirin and women’s 17-18 7.5-kilometer scratch race to give her five gold medals in the competition heading into Sunday.
 
In the keirin, she made her move on the back straight to overtake Chloe Chepigin (Chappaqua, NY/Team EPS/CSS) without being seriously challenged over the final 150 meters.
 
Valente won the 7.5-kilometer scratch race with a sprint over the final lap.
 
“I love this race,” Valente said of the scratch race. “It’s not something that originally was going to be my focus, but it’s my favorite, this and the keirin. It can be a sprint or turn into a suffer-fest.”
 
Lucas Wardein (Naples, FL/Florida Velo) put on a counterattack in the men’s 17-18 10-kilometer scratch race that won’t soon be forgotten. After several riders tried to make breakaways stick, including omnium winner Alexander Freund (Davis, CA/Davis Bike Club), Wardein hit a perfectly timed move to launch himself from the field as the riders relaxed with four laps to go. After about a lap, kilometer winner Kaleb Koch (Glenview, IL/ISCorp Cycling) and sprint winner Conor Klupar (Fall City, WA/Revel Consulting/Rad) launched their own counter attack, but couldn’t get close enough to contend for the gold medal.
 
The Womens 15-16 Podium
The Womens 15-16 Podium
“I’ve actually never placed higher than third at any nationals,” said an excited Wardein, who called home to his mother as soon as he got off the bike to tell her he was a national champion. “I’m not a sprinter. Breakaway is my thing. When I got the opportunity to go, I went with it all the way.”
 
Calan Farley (Pittstown, NJ/Chester County Cycling) earned a win in the men’s 16-18 keirin with a gutty sprint, holding off kilometer champion Kaleb Koch (Glenview, IL/ISCorp Cycling) and sprint champion Conor Klupar.
 
Tyler Nothstein (Orefield, PA/Team Alliance Environmental) had the motor’s wheel when it pulled off the track with Farley in second. The group seemed content to follow Nothstein into the final lap when Koch attacked from the third position coming out of the second turn.
“I saw Kaleb start to sprint, and Tyler started to sprint, so I decided to go,”  Falrey said. “Once I sprinted, I led it out. This has been a really tough nationals for me with a lot of really great races. It’s just been a real pleasure to race against great sprinters like Kaleb, Conor, Tyler and the rest of the guys.”
 
Kirsten Williams (Lonetree, CO/Natural Grocers) won the omnium for the 15-16 women to claim her first Stars & Stripes jersey.
 
“This is pretty cool because it’s what I wanted. This one is harder because it’s four events.”
 
She finished second in the 500 on Saturday and had first in the scratch race, third in the points race and fifth in the sprint.
 
Jenn Valente wins again, this time in the scratch race
Jenn Valente wins again, this time in the scratch race
Payton Thomas
(Grapevine, TX/FCS Cycling) won the women’s 15-16 500-meter time trial in 40.167 to edge Williams.
 
“It’s pretty exciting to win because I am so small compared to the rest of the girls,” said Thomas, who is barely 5-feet tall.
 
Matt Valencia (Los Altos, CA/Specialized) won the omnium by one point, 16-15 over Chazmichael Morales (El Segundo, CA/Cycle Veloce). Valencia finished fourth in Saturday’s event, the 500-meter time trial, while Morales placed second, less than four-tenths of a second behind 500-meter winner James Mellen (Schnecksville/Team Alliance Environmental), who stopped the clock in 36.110 and took fourth in the omnium.
 
“I am super happy with my second national championships,” said Valencia. “The competition was very good and it came down to the 500.”
 
Mellen picked up his first national gold medal with the win in the 500.
 
“I got fifth in the sprint,” he said, “and to get to the top of the podium is a goal I set. I’ve been practicing a lot of 500 starts here with my coach, Andy Harris.”
 
Grant McElroy (Portland, OR/Beaverton Bicycle Club) cleaned up in the men’s 13-14 field on Saturday by winning the 10-kilometer points race and the omnium.
 
“I had a slow start in the 500 and got fifth and only one point for the omnium, but I got two firsts, so that’ s 14 points,” McElroy said.
 
He won the first two sprints in the 10-kilometer points race, and then the last.
 
“That’s how I usually race,” he said. “I get a good warm-up so I’m ready to attack in the beginning. Getting those first two points takes a lot of pressure off the rest of the race.
 
“I have three jerseys now, two for the omnium in 10-12 … It’s exciting, but it’s going to be harder next year in the 15-16s. I have to learn to match sprint.”
 
Summer Moak (Katy, TX/Northwest Cycling) won the women’s 13-14 points race to clinch the omnium.
 
“I was just trying to sit in the pack until it was one lap to go for the sprints,” she said. “I wanted to go for the sprint from the top of the track. This is my second jersey. I won it last year for the 10-12’s. I’m pretty pleased. I had big expectations.”
 
Weston Geim (Valencia, CA/Major Motion) won the 2-kilometer scratch race to capture the men’s 10-12 omnium. He led out the entire last lap to clinch the race and the Stars & Stripes jersey that goes with the omnium.
 
“The hardest part was having the guts to go for it with a lap to go,” he said. “I was first for the whole lap. I felt there were people behind me so I just pedaled harder. This is my first national title and I wanted to get it.”
 
Kiley Krasley (Coplay, PA/Chester County Cycling) won the women’s 10-12 scratch race, one that was marred by a crash that took down five riders after the first lap. The race was restarted with two riders too injured to compete. Isabella Brookshore (Hendersonville, NC/DIY Jr. Development) attacked with a kilometer to go, but blew up over the last 200 meters as Samantha Hribick (Bethlehem, PA/Team Alliance Environmental) and Krasley chased her down and overtook her coming out of the final turn, with Krasley winning the sprint to the finish line.
 
“People started to go when I was pedaling slowly, so I started to pedal a little fast,” Krasley said. “I saw more people chasing after her and I picked it up. I felt Samantha going and I chased her.”
 
As for the omnium, she said, “I just wanted that medal and that jersey so badly.”
 
Sunday’s final day of racing begins at 10 a.m. and will include junior national championships awarded for the team sprints and Madisons.
 
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.

FULL RESULTS

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USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships
Valley Preferred Cycling Center/Breinigsville, Pa.
July 11 – 14, 2012

 
Men 10-12 2-Kilometer Scratch Race
1. Weston Giem (Valencia, CA/Major Motion Cycling Club)
2. Reydesel Garcia III (Mckinney, TX/Matrix/RBM/Matrix Cycling Club)
3. Gregorino Cordasco (Basking Ridge, NJ/Liberty Cycle)
4. Gerard Josulevicz (Allentown, PA/)
5. Alex Morton (Saint Clair, MI/Fraser Bicycle & Fitness)
 
Men 10-12 Omnium
1. Weston Giem (Valencia, CA/Major Motion Cycling Club) 21
2. Reydesel Garcia III (Mckinney, TX/Matrix/RBM/Matrix Cycling Club) 10
3. Thomas Berdahl (Allentown, PA/) 7
4. Alexander Tveter (Derry, NH/Cycle Loft Velo) 6
5. Gregorino Cordasco (Basking Ridge, NJ/Liberty Cycle) 3
 
Women 10-12 Scratch Race
1. Kiley Krasley (Coplay, PA/Chester County Cycling Foundation)
2. Samantha Hribick (Bethlehem, PA/Team Alliance Environmental/Chester County Cycling Foundation)
3. Isabella Brookshire (Hendersonville, NC/DIY Junior Development Team p/b ABRC/Asheville Bicycle Racing Club)
4. Marcy Bardman (Barto, PA/Young Medalists / Team Rothrock/Young Medalists/ Team Rothrock)
5. Emma Wokowski (Kutztown, PA/)
 
Women 10-12 Omnium
1. Kiley Krasley (Coplay, PA/Chester County Cycling Foundation) 19
2. Samantha Hribick (Bethlehem, PA/Team Alliance Environmental/Chester County Cycling Foundation) 17
3. Isabella Brookshire (Hendersonville, NC/DIY Junior Development Team p/b ABRC/Asheville Bicycle Racing Club) 9
4. Eve Chavez (Northridge, CA/Major Motion Development/Stage 17 Racing) 4
5. Marcy Bardman (Barto, PA/Young Medalists / Team Rothrock/Young Medalists/ Team Rothrock) 4
 
Men 13-14 10-Kilometer Points Race
1. Grant McElroy (Portland, OR/Beaverton Bicycle Club) 19
2. Justin Leong (Los Altos, CA/SJBC/San Jose Bicycle Club) 6
3. Mikey Waine (Douglasville, GA/Junior Flyers) 5
4. Alec Ratzell (Blandon, PA/Young Medalists/ Team Rothrock) 5
5. Victor Morandi (Houston, TX/Northwest Cycling Club) 5
 
Women 13-14 8-Kilometer Points Race
1. Summer Moak (Katy, TX/Northwest Cycling Club)
2. Allyson Wasielewski (Orefield, PA/Team Alliance Environmental/Chester County Cycling Foundation)
3. Courtney Krasley (Coplay, PA/Chester County Cycling Foundation)
4. Salma Huque (Douglasville, GA/Junior Flyers)
5. Courtney Comer (San Marcos, CA/ACQUA AL 2/SDBC/San Diego Bicycle Club)
 
Men 13-14 Omnium
1. Grant McElroy (Portland, OR/Beaverton Bicycle Club) 19
2. Victor Morandi (Houston, TX/Northwest Cycling Club) 13
3. Alec Ratzell (Blandon, PA/Young Medalists/ Team Rothrock) 7
4. Justin Leong (Los Altos, CA/SJBC/San Jose Bicycle Club) 6
5. Mikey Waine (Douglasville, GA/Junior Flyers) 5
 
Women 13-14 Omnium
1. Summer Moak (Katy, TX/Northwest Cycling Club)
2. Allyson Wasielewski (Orefield, PA/Team Alliance Environmental/Chester County Cycling Foundation)
3. Courtney Krasley (Coplay, PA/Chester County Cycling Foundation)
4. Emma Fickel (Rochester Hills, MI/)
5. Salma Huque (Douglasville, GA/Junior Flyers)
 
Men 16-18 Keirin
1. Calan Farley (Pittstown, NJ/Chester County Cycling Foundation)
2. Kaleb Koch (Glenview, IL/ISCorp Cycling Team/Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc dba ISCorp Cycling Team)
3. Conor Klupar (Fall City, WA/Revel Consulting/Rad Racing NW)
4. Bobby Unverzagt (Torrance, CA/Get Crackin'-MS Society/VRC)
5. Tyler Nothstein (Orefield, PA/Team Alliance Environmental/Chester County Cycling Foundation)
 
Women 16-18 Keirin
1. Jennifer Valente (San Diego, CA/Exergy TWENTY12/Exergy Twenty12)
2. Chloe Chepigin (Chappaqua, NY/Team EPS/CSS p/b Shebell &Shebell/Riptide Cycling)
3. Melissa Garcia (Bethlehem, PA/Team Alliance Environmental/Chester County Cycling Foundation)
4. Payton Thomas (Grapevine, TX/FCS Cycling)
 
Men 15-16 500-Meter Time Trial
1. James Mellen (Schnecksville, PA/Team Alliance Environmental/Chester County Cycling Foundation) 36.11
2. Chazmichael Morales (El Segundo, CA/Cycles Veloce) 36.485
3. Edward Horvet (West Hills, CA/Encino Velo Cycling Club) 36.972
4. Matthew Valencia (Los Altos, CA/Team Specialized Racing Juniors/Team Specialized Racing) 36.974
5. Max Ryan (Chicago, IL/Chicago Velo Campus) 37.458
 
Women 15-16 500-Meter Time Trial
1. Payton Thomas (Grapevine, TX/FCS Cycling) 40.167
2. Kirsten Williams (Lonetree, CO/Natural Grocers Cycling Team) 40.686
3. Laurel Rathbun (Monument, CO/JETCycling/JET Cycling) 41.197
4. Hannah McDade (Tigard, OR/Beaverton Bicycle Club) 41.586
5. Julia Sante (Queensbury, NY/Farm Team Cycling) 42.224
 
Men 15-16 Omnium
1. Matthew Valencia (Los Altos, CA/Team Specialized Racing Juniors/Team Specialized Racing)
2. Chazmichael Morales (El Segundo, CA/Cycles Veloce)
3. Zeke Mostov (San Francisco, CA/Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development)
4. James Mellen (Schnecksville, PA/Team Alliance Environmental/Chester County Cycling Foundation)
5. Edward Horvet (West Hills, CA/Encino Velo Cycling Club) 7
 
Women 15-16 Omnium
1. Kirsten Williams (Natural Grocers)
2. Laurel Rathbun (JET Cycling)
3. Payton Thomas (FCS Cycling
4.  Evelyn Korbich (Young Medalists)
 
Men 17-18 10-Kilometer Scratch Race
1. Lucas Wardein (Naples, FL/Florida Velo)
2. Kaleb Koch (Glenview, IL/ISCorp Cycling Team/Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc dba ISCorp Cycling Team)
3. Calan Farley (Pittstown, NJ/Chester County Cycling Foundation)
4. Raul Arias J.R. (East Palo Alto, CA/SJBC/San Jose Bicycle Club)
5. Conor Klupar (Fall City, WA/Revel Consulting/Rad Racing NW)
 
 
 


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