By VeloNews Interactive
A California teen-ager is America’s newest national sprint champion as the USCF Elite Track National Championships concluded this weekend at the Superdrome in Frisco, Texas.
Eighteen-year-old Michael Blatchford of Cypress, California, began his season by setting records in the 200-meter qualifying rounds at the Pan Am Championships and went on to become the junior national match-sprint champion and the silver medalist in the sprint at the junior world championships.
On Friday, he added an elite-level national title to his collection, beating 2004 Olympian Giddeon Massie (Lansdale, Pennsylvania) for the gold. Massie’s fellow Olympian Christian Stahl (Bethany, Connecticut) took the bronze and the U23 sprint title.
Also on Friday, Mat Stephens and Charles Huff (Mercy Cycling Team) rode away with the Madison win over Jonas Carney and Colby Pearce. Bobby Lea and Jame Carney won the bronze.
Becky Quinn (Carlsbad, California), fourth at the world championships earlier this year, won the scratch race over Nancy Lux (Clyde, North Carolina) and Kelly Benjamin (Overland Park, Kansas). In the women’s keirin, Suzie Goodwin (Plano, Texas) raced on home turf to earn the stars-and-stripes jersey ahead of Miranda Moon (Beaverton, Oregon) and Jamie Pettianato (Emmaus, Pennsylvania)
Saturday featured the women’s points race, the team sprint finals, tandem sprint finals, and the men’s scratch race. In the points race, the crowd saw Becky Quinn narrowly lose a second title to new national champion Ashley Kimmett (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania). Quinn rode away with the silver, while Anna Webb (San Diego, California) claimed the podium’s third spot.
In the men’s scratch race, Josh Kerkhof (Battleground, Washington) rode to victory over Walker Starr (Walnut Creek, California) and Guillaume Nelessen (Belle Mead, New Jersey).
The women’s team-sprint final was a case of déjà vu as the teams ranked the same in the finals as in the morning’s qualifying round, with Hard Time claiming gold. The Frisco Cycling Club won silver, while Radical Media CRCA secured the bronze. In the tandem sprint, Frisco Cycling Club reigned supreme, beating out Echelon SB and Team Spincycle.