World and national records fall at Para-cycling track nationals

By U.S. Paralympics | Dec. 09, 2018, 7 p.m. (ET)

Stoker Michael Stephens and pilot Evan Thomson won the MB individual pursuit, kilo time trial and tandem sprint at the 2018 U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling National Championships.

Colorado Springs, Colo. - Eighteen athletes were crowned national champions following the conclusion of the 2018 U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling National Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Four athletes swept their events at track nationals. Four-time Paralympic medalist Joe Berenyi (Aurora, Illinois) won gold in the MC3 individual pursuit, kilo time trial, team sprint and MC1-3 scratch race, while two-time Paralympic champion Shawn Morelli (Saegertown, Pennsylvania) swept the WC4 individual pursuit, 500-meter time trial and WC4-5 scratch race. The tandem pair of stoker Michael Stephens (Belgrade, Montana) and pilot Evan Thomson (Seagirt, New Jersey) claimed titles in the MB individual pursuit, kilo time trial and tandem sprint.

Chris Murphy (Rancho Cucamonga, California) had a standout weekend, racing his way to three national titles in the MC5 individual pursuit, kilo time trial and team sprint. He also etched his name into the record book, setting a new national record in the kilo time trial with a time of 1:04.312.

Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine/WC3), stoker Shawn Cheshire (Camillus, New York/WB) and pilot Tela Crane (Sammamish, Washington/WB), and Josephine Fouts (San Diego, California/WC5) each took home two national crowns.

Cyclists also had the chance to race in the flying 200 in an effort to set national and world records. Three world records were set, with new marks by Murphy (C5 - 10.703), Jason Kimball (Charlotte, North Carolina/C3 - 11.141) and Mohamed Lahna (Casablanca, Morocco/C2 - 13.411).

Setting national records in the flying 200 were Brown with a time of 14.389 (WC3) and Fouts with a mark of 13.570 (WC5). Stephens and Thomson additionally set a new national record with a time of 10.325 (MB).

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Joe Berenyi (Aurora, Ill.): MC3 3K individual pursuit (OVL), kilo time trial (1:11.758), MC1-3 scratch race, team sprint (1:06.207)
Clara Brown (Falmouth, Maine): WC3 3K individual pursuit (4:18.066), 500m time trial (43.558)
Shawn Cheshire (Camillus, N.Y.) /Tela Crane (Sammamish, Wash.): WB 3K individual pursuit (3:44.875), kilo time trial (1:12.508)
Sean Culp (Los Angeles, Calif.): MC2 3K individual pursuit (4:00.777)
Josephine Fouts (San Diego, Calif.): WC5 3K individual pursuit (4:27.259), 500m time trial (43.826)
Nick Gibb (Boulder, Colo.): MC4-5 scratch race
Todd Key (Scottsdale, Ariz.): MC1 kilo time trial (1:23.224)
Jason Kimball (Charlotte, N.C.): Team sprint (1:06.207)
Mohamed Lahna (Casablanca, Morocco): MC2 kilo time trial (1:21.483)
Billy Lister (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.): MC1 3K individual pursuit (4:06.061)
Jason Macom (Little Rock, Ark.): MC4 4K individual pursuit (4:54.514)
Shawn Morelli (Saegertown, Penn.): WC4 3K individual pursuit (4:00.459), 500m time trial (42.308), WC4-5 scratch race
Chris Murphy (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.): MC5 4K individual pursuit (4:46.641), kilo time trial (1:04.312), team sprint (1:06.207)
Michael Stephens (Belgrade, Mont.)/Evan Thomson (Seagirt, N.J.): MB 4K individual pursuit (4:39.382), kilo time trial (1:04.622), tandem sprint
Jamie Whitmore (Somerset, Calif.): WC1-3 scratch race
Justin Widhalm (Colorado Springs, Colo.): MC4 kilo time trial (1:07.002)

QUOTES
Clara Brown, WC3
“My coach is amazing. She gives me a daily plan and I trust what she does. I am so excited, and surprised, for the two titles. This is really cool. It gives me more motivation to work even harder, because I want to keep those titles.”

Justin Widhalm, MC4
“Last year I lost my crown and it really hit close because I had won four in a row before that, so it was really nice to trust in the process and have it come out this way.”

RESULTS
Full results from the 2018 U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling National Championships can be found here. Follow U.S. Paralympics on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.