Racing ended today at the U.S. Long Track Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval with World Champions Brittany Bowe and Joey Mantia winning the 1500m events.
Mantia skated a season-best time of 1:44 to secure one of two spots at the World Single Distance (WSD) Championships to be held at the Oval in February. Although he crossed the line in first, Mantia wasn’t necessarily happy with his race.
“Days like today are the reason I’m extremely happy that the mass start exists,” he said. “I felt uncomfortable the whole time. I didn’t feel like I was skating, I felt like I was hacking away at the ice.”
Two-time Olympians Mia Kilburg and Emery Lehman won the Ladies 5000m and the Men’s 10000m. Lehman finished the 10K with a season-best time of 13:29.75.
Junior skaters Blair Cruikshank and Casey Dawson skated to overall Junior National Titles and will be part of the World Junior Team to compete at the Junior World Cup Finals and Junior World Championships. “One of my dreams is to podium at junior worlds. I’m really just hoping to skate my best," Dawson said.
Here's a rundown of today's events.
1 WSD spot (Bowe prequalified) + 2 reserve spots – WC5 – 3 spots (Bowe prequalified)
Brittany Bowe – 1:54.90
Mia Kilburg – 1:57 - SB
Kimi Goetz – 1:57.20
Ladies 1500m Junior
Blair Cruikshank – 2:07.38 – PB
Abigail Sorenson – 2:09.63 - PB
Greta Myers – 2:10.52 - PB
Mens 1500m – 2 WSD spots – WC5 – 2 spots
Joey Mantia – 1:44
Emery Lehman – 1:44.95 - PB
Ethan Cepuran – 1:47.41 - PB
Mens 1500m Junior
Casey Dawson – 1:48.65 - SB
Jonathan Tobon – 1:49.32 - PB
Jordan Stolz – 1:52.23 - PB
Ladies 5000m - 1 WSD spot
Mia Kilburg – 7:25.05
Maria Lamb – 7:33.09 - PB
Dessie Weigel – 8:10.97
Mens 10000m – 0 WSD spots
Emery Lehman – 13:29.75 – SB
Casey Dawson – 13:51.83 - PB
Ethan Cepuran – 13:53.54
“I haven’t skated [at the Utah Olympic Oval] in almost two years, since I didn’t come here last year. It’s good to get back on fast ice, because the ice helped me along with my technique,” Cruikshank said.
“I was pretty happy with the weekend. It started off pretty well with the 500, I got to keep my spot for world singles and world cup five. My 1000 wasn’t as good as I wanted it but then I brought it back for the 1500 with a new PB,” said Olympian Erin Jackson
“Overall I’m happy with the way the 500 and 1000 went, I solidified a spot for world singles and solidified as spot for world sprints and I’m really happy about that. For the 1500, it’s just going to be a training tool for those events, it’s also good training for the team pursuit,” said Kimi Goetz
“It feels great to make my first senior world team especially after taking off all of last year off because I was in school. I feel like to come back from that and make a world cup team was pretty amazing,” said Conor McDermott-Mostowy.