Track Records Shattered At AmCup 1

Dec. 04, 2017, 3:07 p.m. (ET)

The first long track AmCup of the season took place in beautiful conditions at the outdoor John Rose Oval in Roseville, Minnesota.

About 60 skaters took part in the three-day event, which saw three track records broken.

Ethan Cepuran (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) highlighted the first day of racing, breaking the 5000m track record formerly held by Paul Dyrud. Cepuran skated a 6:55.92, almost four seconds faster than Dyrud’s 6:59.30 which has been the track record since December 6, 2009.    

“It feels pretty good to break the record,” said Cepuran. I wasn’t thinking track record when I was out there, I was just trying to skate a good, consistent race.”

Cepuran finished over 10 seconds faster than any other skater in the 5000m, as second-place skater Steven Hartman (Falcon Heights, Minn.) turned in a 7:07.06.

Dyrud, who held the track records in three different distances at the John Rose Oval entering this weekend, saw his 1500m record broken by two different skaters on the second day of racing. Dyrud’s record of 1:55.37 was broken by Hartman in 1:55.12, but that time didn’t hold for long as Austin Kleba (Campton Hills, Ill.) won the men’s 1500m in a time of 1:52.73.

“I can’t believe I broke the record,” said Kleba. “I just skated my race and it just kind of happened. I was actually trying to skate a conservative race and I found I had a lot of energy in the last lap.”

The 2016 Youth Olympic Games participant also won the men’s 500m (#1) and 500m (#2) in 36.80 and 37.22, respectively.

Bri Bocox (Cheyenne, Wyom.) swept the women’s events, winning the 500m (#1), 500m (#2), 1000m, 1500m and the 3000m.

For full AmCup 1 results, click here. For full John Rose Open results, click here.

Top Finishers From AmCup 1
Ladies 500m (#1)
1. Bri Bocox
2. Chrysta Rands
3. Esther Munoz

Men’s 500m #1
1. Austin Kleba
2. Kyle Ronchak
3. William Gebauer

Ladies 3000m
1. Bri Bocox
2. Hannah Bosman
3. Valentina Espinosa

Men’s 5000m
1. Ethan Cepuran
2. Steven Hartman
3. Casey Dawson

Ladies 500m #2
1. Bri Bocox
2. Chrysta Rands
3. Esther Munoz

Men’s 500m #2
1. Austin Kleba
2. Kyle Ronchak
3. William Gebauer

Ladies 1500m
1. Bri Bocox
2. Valentina Espinosa
3. Hannah Bosman

Men’s 1500m
1. Austin Kleba
2. Steven Hartman
3. Ethan Cepuran

Ladies 1000m
1. Bri Bocox
2. Chrysta Rands
3. Esther Munoz

Men’s 1000m
1. Austin Kleba
2. Kyle Ronchak
3. William Gebauer

Top Finishers From John Rose Open
Ladies/Men 500m
1. Kelin Dunfee
2. Owen Hack
3. Caden Barber

Ladies/Men 3000m
1. Owen Hack
2. Magnus Ellis
3. Michael Johnson

Ladies/Men 5000m
1. Kelin Dunfee

Ladies/Men 1500m
1. Kelin Dunfee
2. Owen Hack
3. Magnus Ellis

Ladies/Men 1000m
1. Kelin Dunfee
2. Owen Hack
3. Magnus Ellis