Heartland Racing Series Concludes In Champaign

By Carl Cepuran | March 06, 2018, 5:36 p.m. (ET)

The 2017-18 Heartland Racing Series has been completed. The Overall Points Champions were Kamryn Lute of the Dominion Club for the women, and, Jon Aquino of the Glen Ellyn Club and ASE program for the men.

The Overall Points Champions were decided based on the three best results from the five meets in the series this year from the 500m, 1000m, and 1500m distances.

Placing second and third, respectively, in overall points were: Women - Hailey Choi, Potomac Club and Shreya Arun, United Capital Blades Club; and, Men - Evan Flaherty, Glen Ellyn Club and ASE, and Ben Fredeen, Cornerstone Club.

The top three in the Overall Combined 500/1000/1500 Time Samalog were: Women - Champion Choi, Potomac; second Lute, Dominion; and, third Arun, United Capital Blades; Men - Champion Brandon Kim, Potomac, second Michael Koenig, Glen Ellyn and ASE, third Shawn Kim, Potomac.

In the single distances on the Women's side Choi swept the 500m, 1000m and 1500m Arun took second in the 500m and 1000m, with Kamryn Lute posting second in the 1500m and third in the 500m and 1000m. Isabella Main of the Glen Ellyn Club and ASE participant snagged a top-three finish with third in the 1500m.

On the Men's side, Kim finished first in the 1000m and 1500m, and placed third in the 500m, while Aquino threw down a fast 500m in the season finale to claim first at that distance. Aquino’s Glen Ellyn and ASE teammate Koenig took second in the 1500m ahead of Shawn Kim of Potomac who was third. Kim did get second in the 1000m followed in that distance by Joel Foster of the Madison Club and ASE program. Rounding out the top-three distance placers among the men was Andrew Kim of the Potomac Club with a second in the 500m.

The Heartland Series made stops in Buffalo, Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland and Champaign this season. Each participant who qualifies to skate the Series recieves a Heartland pin when they enter their first event, courtesy of the supporting associations, and, the big Heartland medallions and ribbons are courtesy of US Speedskating sponsor Symbol Arts. This year's medallions will be presented at Short Track Nationals/AmCup Short Track Final in Saratoga Springs.

To see the full results, click here.

The Heartland Series concluded with the Land of Lincoln Short Track Championships and Heartland Racing Series #5. SpeediCast captured all the racing from the meet and now has it archived where you can access the entire event! You can watch it back, here

Overall detailed results for the meet are now available at the Champaign club website on the event page, here.

The Champaign Regional Speedskating Club hosted the Land of Lincoln Short Track Championships and Heartland Racing Series Event #5 at the University Ice Rink where the first ISU World Short Track Championship meet was held in 1976 with much of the groundwork laid by Champaign native Bill Markland. With this historic event and being the home of coach Harvey Moore, and, developing Olympians such as Bonnie Blair, Katherine Reutter, Erik Henriksen and Chantal Dunn, Champaign has secured a proud place in the history of the sport.

The Land of Lincoln meet honors a part of that history and the memory of Charles "Chilli" Blair, father of Olympian Bonnie Blair and Hall of Famer for his longtime, distinguished service to the sport, with a special award for the fastest 500m skated at the meet by a female and male skater. Aquino not only set the mark for the meet to win the male Blair award but his blistering fast time of 45.32 propelled him into first place for the fastest 500m by a male in the Heartland Series this season. Arun won the Blair award in the female division.

The fifth and final Heartland meet of the season had three first time qualifiers participate. As per the tradition, they received their Heartland pin from Chief Referee Karen Street to mark the occasion. The three were - Alessandro Topa, United Capital Blades; Eric Lapporte, Northbrook; and, Aidan Lewis, Glen Ellyn.

After the regular 500m, 1000m, 1500m and special 3,000m were done, the 16 Heartland skaters formed four mixed relay teams and raced a 3,000m relay. The Green Team of Anna Quinn, Cece Long, Bella Main, and Aquino took top honors with a fast and heads up run. After two days of racing and the fifth season of the Heartland Series completed, eyes now turn to focus on Age Class Nationals and the Short Track Am Cup Final.