Bascue sweeps bobsled races after winning four-man with Reed, Del Duca and Abdul-Saboor

Oct. 25, 2018, 5:58 p.m. (ET)

 

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Bascue sweeps bobsled races after winning four-man with Reed, Del Duca and Abdul-Saboor

 

 

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.(Oct. 25, 2018)- Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) swept the bobsled selection races after winning tonight’s four-man race with his crew of Jimmy Reed(Garmisch, Germany), Frank Del Duca(Bethel, Me.) and Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (Powhatan, Va.) at Mount Van Hoevenberg.

“Codie excelled today and he’s really coming into his own,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “Track manager Tony Carlino and his crew created ideal ice conditions for the race. It was great to watch the new talent competing today, and to see Elana continue to push the boundaries in the sport.”

Bascue, Reed, Del Duca and Abdul-Saboor were fastest from start to finish and finished 0.77 seconds ahead of the field with a total time of 1:50.59. The crew powered off the start in 5.13 and 5.11 seconds for runs of 55.26 and 55.33 seconds, respectively.

Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas), Sam Moeller (Dallas, Texas), Chris Kinney(Stockbridge, Ga.) and Adrian Adams(Reidsville, N.C.) finished second with a two-run combined time of 1:51.36 after clocking downtimes of 55.60 and 55.76 seconds. The crew was the closest to catching Bascue’s team at the start with push times of 5.18 and 5.16.

Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.) and his push crew of Blaine McConnell(San Diego, Calif.), Kyler Allison(Austin, Texas) and Kyle Wilcox(Tampa, Fla.) finished third in 1:51.64. 

Geoffrey Gadbois (Milton, Vt.), Chris Avery(San Diego, Calif.), Michael Fogt(Alpine, Utah) and Dakota Lynch(Mary Esther, Fla.) finished fourth in 1:53.23. Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) partnered with an all women’s crew of Tiffeny Parker(Dallas, Texas), Nicole Brungardt(Norfolk, Neb.) and Lake Kwaza(Sycamore, Ill.) for fifth place with a combined time of 1:53.57.

Meyers Taylor and Canadian Kaillie Humphries were the first females to pilot four-man bobsleds in a World Cup race in November 2014 after the discipline was declared gender neutral. 

Athletes were racing for one of three quota spots on both the women’s and men’s national teams. The USA Bobsled National Team will be announced tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. EST.

For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Bird, USABS Marketing & Communications Director, at amanda.bird@usabs.com, or at (518) 354-2250. 

Results

1. Bascue, Reed, Del Duca and Abdul-Saboor 1:50.59 (55.26, 55.33);
2. Olsen, Moeller, Kinney and Adams 1:51.36 (55.60, 55.76);
3. Church, McConnell, Allison and Wilcox 1:51.64 (55.70, 55.94);
4. Gadbois, Avery, Fogt and Lynch 1:53.23 (56.54, 56.69);
5. Meyers Taylor, Parker, Brungardt and Kwaza 1:53.57 (56.55, 57.02);

 

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