Junior men take the spotlight at the Long Track World Cup Qualifier

Nov. 02, 2018, 3 p.m. (ET)

Racing continued at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee at the Long Track World Cup Qualifier/AmCup 1. Today’s events were the Ladies and Mens 500m #1, the Ladies 3000m and the Mens 5000m.

Olympians Brittany Bowe and Kimani Griffin (in photo above) both took first in their 500m #1 events and will compete again tomorrow in the 500m #2 to earn world cup spots. Final time in the 500m will be the fastest time of the two races.

The Ladies 3000m had Olympian Mia Manganello Kilburg leading the way with a finishing time of 4:13.76, and junior skater Ethan Cepuran was the top U.S. skater in the Mens 5000m, followed closely by Casey Dawson, another junior skater.

Earning world cup spots to date: Mia Manganello Kilburg, Kimi Goetz, Carlijn Schoutens, Joey Mantia and Ethan Cepuran.

Winners from today’s events:

  • 500m #1--Brittany Bowe
  • 500m #1--Kimani Griffin
  • 3000m--Mia Manganello Kilburg
  • 5000m--Viktor Thorup (DEN)
  • Ethan Cepuran is the top US skater for the 5000m.

Quotes:

“Great showing by our junior men, Casey Dawson and Ethan Cepuran. It was great to see those two men challenge and push each other,” said Matt Kooreman, USS Long Track High Performance Director.

“It’s always hard going into the first race of the season,” Olympian Erin Jackson said about her 500m race. “Overall, I think it went pretty well.”

“Feels great to get the season started with a solid 500 today,” Bowe said. “I’m always looking to build upon and improve from race to race as we progress throughout the year. I’m excited for what’s to come.”

“I thought I skated a decent race,” Griffin said. “The first race of competitions tend to be the most worrisome. I made some small technical mistakes, but overall I was happy with most of the execution. I look forward to carrying that momentum into tomorrow’s races and hopefully fine-tuning a couple more details that I missed today.”

"I'm super happy with how the 5K went today," said Ethan Cepuran. "It was the first one of the season so I needed to be patient and conservative with how I raced it. I'm super pumped with the time and I'm excited for the future."

TODAY'S RESULTS

 

Tomorrow's races start at 9 a.m.: Mens and Ladies 500m #2, and 1000m.