Four national champions were crowned on Friday as the 2007 USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships kicked off at the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Colleen Hayduk (Team Fuji-Salamander) set a national record in the women’s 17-18 500-meter time trial and earned an automatic nomination to represent the United States at the UCI Junior Track World Championships later this summer in Mexico. Hayduk’s time of 36.656 seconds surpassed the old record of 37.280 previously held by Missy Thompson.
Behind Hayduk, Dana Feiss (Young Medalist Cycling) took second in 38.740, while Crystal Nunnemacher (JVR Sports) finished third in 40.621.
In the men’s 17-18 25km points race, Nik Reinert gave Team Fuji-Salamander its second national championship of the evening with a commanding 30-point victory over teammate Shane Kline. Reinert won five of the event’s 12 intermediate sprints, scored points in two others and lapped the field once to collect 50 points and a stars-and-stripes jersey, though his average speed of 44.753 k.p.h. fell short of the 51.419 required to earn an automatic nomination to the world’s team.
Kline took second with 20 points after winning the 12th and final sprint with Grant Boursaw (AMD-Discovery Channel) third.
In the men’s keirin, Justin Williams (Team Rock) won a photo finish with Jim Lennon (TIAA-CREF-5280). After placing last in his opening round, Williams bounced back with a win in the ensuing repechage to earn a spot in the finals where he edged Lennon by a matter of inches. David Engwis (Speedzone) placed third.
Whether Williams earns an automatic nomination to the world’s team with his victory in the keirin will be determined by his 200-meter sprint qualifying time on Monday. Williams must post a time of 10.987 seconds or faster.
Catherine Fiedler (Home Depot Center) won the women’s 17-18 7.5km scratch race by outsprinting Hayduk and Lauren Shirock (BMX-Bianchi).
Other winners included Tara McCormick (Lighting Velo), women’s 10-12 500-meter time trial; Calan Farley (Young Medalist Cycling), men’s 10-12 500-meter time trial; Christine Barron (Home Depot Center), women’s 13-14 500-meter time trial; Jesse Marans (Major Motion Cycling), men’s 13-14 500-meter time trial.
The championships continue on Sunday with the junior men’s 17-18 3km individual pursuit and kilometer time trial, as well as the junior women’s 17-18 sprint.
2007 USA Cycling Junior Track National Championships
Colorado Springs, CO
June 30-July 3
Women’s 17-18 500-meter time trial
1. Colleen Hayduk (Kutztown, Pa.) 36.656
2. Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa.) 38.740
3. Crystal Nennemacher (Allentown, Pa.) 40.621
Women’s 17-18 7.5km scratch race
1. Catherine Fiedler (Long Beach, Calif.)
2. Colleen Hayduk (Kutztown, Pa.)
3. Lauren Shirock (Emmaus, Pa.)
Men’s 17-18 keirin
1. Justin Williams (Los Angeles, Calif.)
2. Jim Lennon (Centennial, Colo.)
3. David Engwis (Kenosha, Wis.)
Men’s 17-18 25km points race
1. Nik Reinert (Mertztown, Pa.) 50
2. Shane Kline (Bally, Pa.) 20
3. Grant Boursaw (Stanwood, Wash.) 19