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Reinbolt and Gibbs named USA Women’s Bobsled National Champions, Bascue and Williamson win two-man title
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.(March 22, 2019)– Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) teamed with Josh Williamson (Lake Mary, Fla.) to win the USA Men’s Two-man Bobsled National Championship title at Mount Van Hoevenberg today, while Brittany Reinbolt (Searcy, Ark.) and Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, Calif.) claimed the USA Women’s Bobsled National Championship title.
Reinbolt and Gibbs have not only earned the naming rights as national champions, but have also earned their spots on the 2019-2020 World Cup team. Bascue and Williamson will compete in the four-man race tomorrow with hopes of securing the combined title in points for their spot on the team.
“To come in and have a berth onto the national team at stake is pretty stressful,” Bascue said. “We’re trying to get as much out of our bodies and our minds as we can this week after a pretty difficult season.”
Bascue and Williamson were the fastest competitors off the start block today with push times of 5.26 and 5.25 seconds. Bascue was scheduled to race with Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, but a lingering injury didn’t feel right for Abdul-Saboor while he was warming up and he was replaced last minute with Williamson. Bascue piloted the crew to the finish in 56.64 seconds for the second fastest time of the first heat, and he was able to move into first with a run of 56.93 seconds, fastest time of the second heat. Bascue and Williamson finished 0.23 seconds ahead of the field to claim the two-man title with a total time of 1:53.57.
“It threw us off,” Bascue said. “Josh only have five minutes to warm up, so we didn’t have the push that we wanted and my first drive wasn’t as good as I wanted. Going into the second run I knew we could drop the start and I could drive better. I laid down one of my best runs here of the year, which felt good.”
Geoff Gadbois (Milton, Vt.) and Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.) finished second with a combined time of 1:53.80. Gadbois and Horn posted impressive starts of 5.28 and 5.32 seconds for runs of 53.70 and 54.18 seconds, respectively. The team was in the lead after the first heat, but they crashed in run two. They were granted a rerun, and Gabdois and Horn raced to the finish with the second best time to secure second place.
Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.) and Christopher Kinney (Stockbridge, Ga.) rallied for third with a two-run total of 1:54.19. The duo posted a start time of 5.29 for a first run of 53.94 seconds, and maintained medal position in run two with a push of 5.32 and downtime of 57.27.
In the women’s field, Nicole Vogt (Dallas, Texas) andNicole Brungardt (Norfolk, Neb.) led by 0.07 seconds after the first heat. The duo pushed off in 5.73 seconds for a downtime of 57.87. Reinbolt and Gibbs were powerful off the start with a push time of 5.67 seconds, but Reinbolt lost the lead down the track. The pair was in second place with a finish time of 57.94 seconds, but rallied back in the finale.
Vogt and Brungardt pushed off in 5.79 seconds for a run of 58.42, but it was no match for the second run by Reinbolt and Gibbs. Reinbolt and Gibbs were again fastest off the block with a push time of 5.70 seconds, and Reinbolt maintained the lead to the finish with a 58.27 downtime. Reinbolt and Gibbs secured the women’s bobsled title with a combined time of 1:56.21, and the pair has been officially named to the 2019-2020 World Cup team as a result.
Racing continues tomorrow with the skeleton competitions at 10 a.m. EST, followed by four-man bobsled and monobob at 2 p.m.
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1. Brittany Reinbolt and Lauren Gibbs 1:56.21 (57.94, 58.27);
2. Nicole Vogt and Nicole Brungardt 1:56.29 (57.87, 58.42);
Men’s two-man bobsled
1. Codie Bascue and Josh Williamson 1:53.57 (53.64, 56.93);
2. Geoff Gadbois and Kris Horn 1:53.80 (53.70, 54.18);
3. Hunter Church and Chris Kinney 1:54.19 (56.92, 57.27);
4. Frank Del Duca and Jimmy Reed 1:54.65 (56.97, 57.68);
5. Sam Moeller and Chris Avery 1:55.39 (57.48, 57.91);
6. Tyler Hickey and Chris Walsh 1:55.60 (57.54, 58.06);
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