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U.S. track nationals wrap up in Carson

The 2006 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships concluded Saturdayafter Jennie Reed (Spike) and Sarah Hammer (Ouch) added more stars-and-stripesjerseys to their closets.  Reed claimed two more national titles tosweep the women's sprint events with four victories and Hammer won thewomen's 15-kilometer scratch race to score a hat trick in the enduranceevents.After successfully defending her sprint and 500-meter time trial victoriesearlier in the week, Reed won the keirin and teamed up with Liz Carlson(East Coast Velo) to win the women's team sprint Saturday.Hammer, already

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The 2006 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships concluded Saturdayafter Jennie Reed (Spike) and Sarah Hammer (Ouch) added more stars-and-stripesjerseys to their closets.  Reed claimed two more national titles tosweep the women’s sprint events with four victories and Hammer won thewomen’s 15-kilometer scratch race to score a hat trick in the enduranceevents.After successfully defending her sprint and 500-meter time trial victoriesearlier in the week, Reed won the keirin and teamed up with Liz Carlson(East Coast Velo) to win the women’s team sprint Saturday.Hammer, already the individual pursuit champion and points race winner,claimed the scratch race after pulling back a late race breakaway and holdingoff Becky Quinn (Spike) for the win.Together, Hammer and Reed were the most dominant competitors in thefour-day event as one or the other stood on the top step of all six individualevent podiums.In the keirin, Reed easily sailed into the finals with wins in eachof her two preliminary rounds.  There she squared off against MichelleBono (Eddie B. Cycling), Kacey Manderfield (Wolverine-Lees McRae), AnnaLang (Big City Velo), Catherine Fiedler (The Home Depot Center) and CariHiggins (Hammer Racing).  In the six-woman mass-start event, Reedheld the front position when the pace bike peeled off the track and kepteveryone at bay to hang on for her third individual title of the week.Earlier in the evening, Reed and Carlson paired up to post a 36.19-secondmark in their qualifying round to earn the top seed in the women’s teamsprint.  In the gold-medal final, Reed and Carlson beat the second-seededsquad comprised of Martha Dunne (Jelly Belly) and Lang for the nationaltitle.In the bronze-medal ride, Hammer and Shelby Allen (Major Motion) beatHiggins and Katie Compton (Spike).  Not necessarily known for hersprinting ability, Hammer’s team sprint medal was her fourth of the week.In the women’s 15-kilometer scratch race, Hammer and Quinn entered asthe favorites, but when a late-race breakaway of Miranda Duff (CPT-Colnago),Kimberly Geist (Victory Brewing), Christen King (Young’s Training Group)and Kori Seehafer (Team Lipton) escaped, it looked as though an underdogwould score the upset.  Ultimately though, the foursome didn’t haveenough horsepower to fend off the Hammer-led chase from behind.  Thebreak was caught with two laps of the 40-lap race remaining and Hammercontinued to lead out the sprint with Quinn on her wheel.  The reigningindividual pursuit world champion showed why she’s one of the top enduranceriders in the world, keeping the pace high enough at the front to preventanyone from sprinting around her at the line.In the men’s team sprint event, Giddeon Massie (Spike) claimed his secondnational title of the week with the help of Michael Blatchford (Spike)and Kevin Selker (Spike).  The top-seeded trio bested the second-seededthreesome of Ben Barczewski (Spike), Adam Duvendeck (Echelon Santa Barbara),and Andy Lakatosh (Spike).In the bronze medal match, Eduardo Cocina, Ryan Nelman (CKR Racing)and Mike Friedman (TIAA-CREF) won to take third place ahead of Tim Luther(Northwest All Stars), Stephen McLaughry (Bike Central), and Zachary Copeland(Northwest All Stars).In the final team event of the competition, TIAA-CREF added a secondteam victory to its list with a win in the men’s madison.  Friedmanand Brad Huff joined forces to score 22 points and win the gold medal overa second TIAA-CREF team of Chad Hartley and Rahsaan Bahati.Huff and Friedman joined with Will Frischkorn and Michael Creed to giveTIAA-CREF a win in the team pursuit Friday.


2006 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships
Carson, California, October 5-8Day Four ResultsWomen’s Keirin
1. Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash.)
2. Anna Lang (La Jolla, Calif.)
3. Michelle Bono (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
4. Catherine Fiedler (Long Beach, Calif.)
5. Kacey Manderfield (Davisburg, Mich.)Women’s Scratch Race
1. Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif.)
2. Becky Quinn (Quakertown, Pa.)
3. Theresa Clif-Ryan (Cedar Springs, Mich.)
4. Catherine Fiedler (Long Beach, Calif.)
5. Anna Webb (San Diego, Calif.)Men’s Team Sprint
1. Giddeon Massie, Michael Blatchford, Kevin Selker
2. Ben Barczewski, Adam Duvendeck, Andy Lakatosh
3. Eduardo Cocina, Ryan Nelman, Mike Friedman
4. Tim Luther, Stephen McLaughry, Zachary CopelandWomen’s Team Sprint
1. Jennie Reed, Liz Carlson
2. Martha Dunne, Anna Lang
3. Sarah Hammer, Shelby Allen
4. Cari Higgins, Katie ComptonMadison
1. Brad Huff, Mike Friedman
2. Rahsaan Bahati, Chad Hartley
3. Dan Vogt, Austin Carroll
4. Kevin Suhr, Ryan Luttrell
5. Scott Zwizanski, Cody O’Reilly