Team USA breaks records on the track

  
  


(September 6, 2017) – Last week, Team USA wrapped up a successful five days at the Elite Pan American Track Championships in Trinidad & Tobago where American athletes not only earned a record 12 medals, but also set a new national record. It was the single best performance for the USA at a continental track championship.
 
With 168 athletes from 20 countries gathering for the continental contest, the event provided Team USA with an international stage to launch its men’s team pursuit program. And that’s when the record fell.
 
Eric Young (Boulder, Colo./Rally Cycling), Logan Owen (Bremerton Wash./ Axeon Hagens Berman), Danny Summerhill (Centennial, Colo./UnitedHealthcare), and Adrian Hegyvary (Asheville, NC/UnitedHealthcare) clocked a time of 4:04.884 in the men’s team pursuit qualification round to set the national record which was last set 22 years ago by Project96.
 
“This is a new program, a new endeavor into men’s team pursuiting,” said USA Cycling VP of High Performance, Jim Miller. “The last men’s elite team pursuit national record was set in 1995 and we were able to break that record during our program's first international performance."
 
The record-setting time got the foursome into the gold medal round against Canada where they clocked 4:04.943 to take the silver medal.
 
(The new elite national record came on the heels of Team USA also breaking a national record in the junior team pursuit at Junior Track Worlds in Italy – a feat which was even accomplished with a last minute substitution.)
 
“The two new national records show that we’re on track and capable of reaching the goals we had set for ourselves,” Miller continued.
 
In addition to the national broken in Trinidad & Tobago, the USA doubled the highest medal count it had ever achieved at a continental championships. The previous record was six medals, and last week Team USA came home with twelve.
 
Three of those twelve medals were earned by strongwoman Jenn Valente (San Diego, Calif./Sho-Air TWENTY20) who claimed gold in the points race, omnium, and scratch race.

Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn./Rally Cycling), Maddie Godby (Louisville, Colo./Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado), Mandy Marquardt (Allentown, Pa./Team Novo Nordisk), Eric Young (Boulder, Colo./Rally Cycling), Zach Carlson (Texas Roadhouse), and Zak Kovalcik (Portland, Ore.) also rode off with gold medals. In addition to the team pursuit silver, Marquardt, Kim Zubris (Alburtis, Pa./Long Tail Creative Track Team), and Kim Geist (Emmaus, Pa./PA Masters p/b Piscitello Law) all took home silver medals while Marquardt and Godby also added bronzes to their hardware collections. All results are available here.
 
Congratulations Team USA!
 
GOLD
  • Kelly Catlin (Arden Hills, Minn./Rally Cycling) - Individual Pursuit
  • Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./Sho-Air TWENTY20) – Points Race, Omnium, Scratch Race
  • Maddie Godby (Louisville, Colo./Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado) and Mandy Marquardt (Allentown, Pa./Team Novo Nordisk) -Women's Team Sprint
  • Eric Young (Boulder, Colo./Rally Cycling) - Points Race
  • Zach Carlson  (Texas Roadhouse) and Zak Kovalcik (Portland, Ore.) - Madison
 
SILVER
  • Mandy Marquadt – Keirin
  • Kim Zubris (Alburtis, Pa./Long Tail Creative Track Team) and Kim Geist (Emmaus, Pa./PA Masters p/b Piscitello Law) - Madison
  • Eric Young (Boulder, Colo./Rally Cycling), Logan Owen (Bremerton Wash./ Axeon Hagens Berman), Danny Summerhill (Centennial, Colo./UnitedHealthcare), and Adrian Hegyvary (Asheville, NC/UnitedHealthcare) – Team Pursuit
 
BRONZE
  • Maddie Godby -Women's Sprint
  • Mandy Marquardt - Women’s 500


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