Six Top-10 finishes at Short Track World Cup 4

By Tom Haraldsen | Feb. 03, 2019, 5:04 p.m. (ET)

The World Cup Short Track 4, in Dresden, Germany concluded Sunday, as the young members of Team USA continue to show progress.

The top performances from the Americans on Sunday were in the ladies’ competition. The 3000m relay team of Corinne Stoddard (Lake Tapps, WA), Julie Letai (Medfield, MA), Kristen Santos (Fairfield, CT) and 2018 Olympian Maame Biney (Reston, VA) took second in the B finals, finishing just behind the team from Kazakhstan.

The men’s 5000m relay team consisting of Aaron Tran (Federal Way, Wash.), Adam Callister (Salt Lake City, Utah), Jonathan So (Reston, Va.) and Thomas Hong (Laurel, Md.) finished third in their quarterfinal round and did not move into the semis. The 2000m mixed relay team of Biney, Hong, Santos and Tran moved through the heats but were eliminated in the quarterfinals

In the Ladies 1000m (2), Santos advanced through the quarterfinals and semifinals to qualify for the 1000m A Final, but she was penalized and did not place. Biney ended her 1000m (1), in the quarterfinals while teammates Danielle Amos (Dayton, Ohio) and Letai skated the 1000m (1) rep. quarterfinals, but did not advance.

In the Ladies 500m, Biney qualified for the semis in the Ladies 500 but was penalized, while Stoddard advanced to the rep. semis where she finished third and did not move on.

In the Men’s 1000m (1), Hong ended in fourth place, for a spot in the B Final where he finished second, and seventh overall. He also finished fifth in his 500m semi, but did not advance to the finals. Tran moved into the 1500m B Final, where he finished sixth. This was Team USA’s first World Cup competition since November. The team will remain in Europe and compete in next weekend’s World Cup 5 in Torino, Italy.

Highlights: Six Top-10 finishes!

Kristen Santos: 1000m (2) – 5th overall

Ladies Relay: 6th overall

Thomas Hong: 1000m (1) – 7th overall

Thomas Hong: 500m – 9th overall

Maame Biney: 500m – 10th overall

Men’s Relay: 10th overall

Maame Biney: 1000m (1) – 13th overall

Aaron Tran: 1500m – 13th overall

Aaron Tran: 1000m (2) – 16th overall

 

Quotes:

“I am pleased with my skaters making adjustments during their races,” said USS Head Coach Wilma Boomstra. “It’s a field of 230 skaters, so competition is tough. The young skaters don’t have enough confidence yet. They need more world cups under their belt.”

“The weekend started out pretty rough for me with a DQ in the 1500, and then I made it out of the 1000 but ended Friday with a fall in the mixed relay,” said Kristen Santos. “I definitely wasn’t feeling great after Friday. Then, going into the quarters of the 1000m, I had a really hard heat, with the 1000m Olympic champion who is undefeated this season, and the 1000m world record holder. Going into it felt like I had nothing to lose. I just went out there and skated what turned out to be a great race.”

“I really wanted to medal, but I’m still learning to race at that level when I’m already tired and there are medals on the line,” said Kristen Santos. “That’s something I’m going to have to keep working on. But now I have two back-to-back A finals under my belt for the 1000, so I’m looking forward to building on this momentum and make it happen next weekend in Italy.”

“The most challenging this about this weekend would have to be keeping calm and not letting the nerves get to me,” said Maame Biney.

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