10 Champions Named On Final Day Of U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling National Championships

By Kendra Hansey | Dec. 03, 2017, 11:47 p.m. (ET)

Jason Kimball, Joe Berenyi and Will Reynolds atop the podium for the men's C3 kilo time trial.

  • World champion Joe Berenyi kept his time trial title at the 2017 U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling National Championships.
  • James Crouse set the new national record and claimed the kilo time trial title.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the third consecutive time, Joe Berenyi (Aurora, Illinois) defended his title in the C3 kilo time trial at the U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling National Championships on Sunday.

Crowned C4 kilo time trial champion, James Crouse (Groveland, California) earned his first national title. The Air Force veteran posted a new national-record time of 1:05.49. Crouse is a resident athlete at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center.

No stranger to the podium, Chris Murphy (Rancho Cucamonga, California) swept his remaining events, bringing home the gold in C5 kilo time trial and scratch race. The time trial world champion and 2015 national champion not only defended his title, but also set a new national record with a time of 1:05.618. Murphy sealed his win in the scratch race stretching ahead right before crossing the finish line.

DJ Robinson (Raleigh, North Carolina) clinched his first national title in B[1]  kilo time trial. The national championships marked the first event Robinson and pilot Kyle Knott (Rock Hill, South Carolina) paired up and raced together in. The duo has been practicing together for the last six months after Knott called Robinson, who was considering quitting the sport, asking him to partner with him.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Joe Berenyi in men’s C3 kilo time trial – 1:10.49
James Crouse in men’s C4 kilo time trial – 1:05.49 (national record)
Chris Murphy in C5 kilo time trial and Para scratch race – 1:05.61 (national record)
DJ Robinson/Kyle Knott in men’s B kilo time trial – 1:06.40
David Rose (Calabasas, Calif.) in men’s C2 kilo time trial – 1:24.01
Todd Key (Scottsdale, Arizona) in men’s C1 kilo time trial – 1:24.41
Shawn Morelli (Saegertown, Pennsylvania) in women's C4 500-meter time trial – 44.6
Shawn Cheshire/Tela Crane (Camillus, New York) in women’s B kilo time trial – 1:12.47

QUOTES
James Crouse
“My [race time] was significantly faster [than in practice] and I’m just very grateful to be here. I couldn’t have done it without everybody’s support and everyone motivating me and pushing me to do what I do.”

“I believe this is just the first step of many. I’m very new to this sport so I’m just excited to see what happens.”

DJ Robinson
“It feels amazing. It’s been five years too long. I started when I was 19 and I’m 25 now so it’s an amazing accomplishment on a long journey ahead. It’s a blessing. I wouldn’t be here without my family, supporters – and number one, God – and [Kyle]. Without [Kyle] steering the bike and being here for me as support…it’s just been amazing. All I can just say is ‘wow.’ The sky is the limit from here.”

Kyle Knott
“We came in with the expectation of what we wanted to do, met that expectation, and now we’re going to go home and train some more and see if we can hit that national standard and make it to worlds.”

“This is all for a reason. He put in the work. He did good.”

Joe Berenyi
“It’s pretty much the start of the season so not quite there yet. Hopefully, by February at the selection race, I’m on top of the game. I need more endurance and leg speed – stuff that’s for tracking racing specifically versus road racing.”

RESULTS
Full results from the U.S. Paralympic Track Cycling National Championships can be found here.