By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor
Tanya Lindenmuth’s stranglehold on women’s sprinting in America continued on Friday morning at the USCF elite track national championships. The diminutive 22-year-old from Trexlertown, Pennsylvania easily dispatched Jennie Reed in back-to-back heats to win her third straight national championship at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine, Minnesota.
“Jennie let me keep the front and that’s dangerous with me,” Lindenmuth said. “I like to ride up there and today that worked for me.”
Earlier in the week Lindenmuth won her third straight 500-meter time trail title, giving her six stars-and-stripes jerseys in three years.
“It’s pretty amazing looking back on it,” Lindenmuth said of her achievements. “I got into this sport pretty late, so I didn’t start out thinking I’d win all these titles.”
Suzzane Tignor took third place, though she didn’t have to get on her bike because Tammy Thomas, the fourth-place finisher, didn’t show up for the bronze medal round.
The women’s sprint was one of two finals that had to be postponed Thursday night after rain drenched the wooden track in Blaine, 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis. The other holdover was the men’s team pursuit, which was also contested Friday morning.
Top honors there went to the Prime Alliance team, which knocked off the Beasty Boys. The final was a lopsided affair that saw Ryan Miller, Colby Pearce, John Walrod and Mike Tillman easily chase down Erik Sperling, John Kelly, Joey D’Antoni and Tim Reinhart. Brothers Jame and Jonas Carney were the other two members of the victorious Prime Alliance squad.
“We had the best guys and we were real smooth,” said Jame Carney, who will be the favorite to take the title in Friday night’s points race. “In the points race I’ll have some teammates out there, so one of us will win it. I hope it’s me.”
Team WIMN took third place in the team pursuit, beating the Texas Aggies in a closely fought affair.
The morning’s other action included the quarterfinal round of the men’s sprint, and two qualifying rounds for the men’s points race. Marty Nothstein, Jeff LaBauve, Giddeon Massie, and Garth Blackburn all won their round-of-eight battles to move into the men’s sprint final four. Defending champion Jame Carney led a group of 24 qualifiers in the men’s points race, which also saw several dramatic crashes.
Friday’s night session gets going at 6 p.m. local time and will include the semifinals and finals of the men’s sprint, and the finals of the men’s and women’s points races. Check back later to VeloNews.com for results, photos and a full report.
Click on the results icon for all the available results for the first four days of competition. Other results will be posted as soon as they become available.
USCF ELITE TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, Blaine, MN, June 12-16
Men’s kilometer time trail; 1. Marty Nothstein, 1:04.479 (55.832 kph); 2. Adam Duvendeck, 1:05.791; 3. Jonas Carney, 1:06.642; 4. Christian Stahl, 1:06.980; 5. Erik Bonser, 1:07.391; 6. Todd Yezefski, 1:07.411; 7. Nathan Rogut, 1:08.016; 8. Jon Friedick, 1:08.985; 9. Morgan Montgomery, 1:09.309; 10. Andy Lakatosh, 1:09.571
Men’s pursuit; 1. Mike Tillman, 4:35.478; 2. John Kelly, 4:44.013; 3. Colby Pearce; 4. Jame Carney, DNF
Men’s Olympic sprint; 1. T-Town Smokers (Marty Nothstein, Josh Weir, Sky Christopherson) 47.261; 2. USA National West (Giddeon Massie, Jeff LaBauve, Christian Stahl) 48.438; 3. Texas Pride (Adam Duvendeck, Andy Sparks, Garth Blackburn) 47.964; 4. Young Ones (Nathan Rogut, Jon Friedick, Erik Bonser) 49.617
Women’s 500 meter time trail; 1. Tanya Lindenmuth, 35.968; 2. Tammy Thomas, 36.11; 3. Jennie Reed, 36.922; 4. Rebecca Quinn, 37.110; 5. Shan Rayray, 37.787; 6. Martha Dunne, 38.129; 7. Suzanne Tignor, 38.131; 8. Annette Hanson, 39.278; 9. Missy Thompson, 39.879; 10. Rebecca Conzelman, 40.252
Women’s pursuit; 1. Erin Mirabella, 3:48.199; 2. Angie Vargas, 3:54.912; 3. Ashley Kimmet, 3:55.113; 4. Annette Hanson, 3:59.497; 5. Marjon Marik, 4:07.412; 6. Emily Thurston, 4:08.148; 7. Amyazellie Tremelling, 4:09.037; 8. Brooke O’Connor, 4:15.716; 9. Kimberly Strom, 4:16.163
Women’s sprint; 1. Tanya Lindenmuth; 2. Jennie Reed; 3. Suzanne Tignor; 4. Tammy Thomas