Bascue wins combined title, Church victorious in four-man bobsled and Vogt wins first-ever national monobob race

March 23, 2019, 4:26 p.m. (ET)

 

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Bascue wins combined title, Church victorious in four-man bobsled and Vogt wins first-ever national monobob race

 

 

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.(March 23, 2019)- Hunter Church(Cadyville, N.Y.), Kyler Allison(Austin, Texas), Christopher Kinney(Stockbridge, Ga.) and Kyle Wilcox(Tampa, Fla.) won the USA Four-man Bobsled National Championships at Mount Van Hoevenberg today. Codie Bascue(Whitehall, N.Y.) finished second today, but combined with his two-man bobsled victory, Bascue was crowned the overall champion to earn a spot on the 2019-2020 World Cup team. Bascue’s push athletes Josh Williamson(Lake Mary, Fla.), Frank Del Duca(Bethel, Maine) and Jimmy Reed(Garmisch, Germany) have also earned a spot on next season’s team.

“We saw some really great racing yesterday and today,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “We’re excited about the new format of nationals. It will allow Codie and his team the opportunity to work together during the offseason, which will only strengthen this team moving forward. It was also great to host our first monobob race, and we’re looking forward to seeing the discipline progress.”

Church, Allison, Kinney and Wilcox matched Bascue, Williamson, Del Duca and Williamson for the fastest start time of 5.21 seconds. Church pulled away from Bascue with a downtime of 54.80 seconds to give his team a narrow lead of 0.06 seconds. 

Church, Allison, Kinney and Wilcox lost time against their competition at the start in run two with push time of 5.22 seconds, but Church made up time en route to the finish. The crew crossed the finish in 54.92 seconds for a combined time of 1:49.72 to secure the four-man title in 0.19 seconds.

Bascue, Williamson, Del Duca and Reed had the fastest start time of 5.19 seconds and clocked a final downtime of 55.05. Their combined time of 1:49.91 earned the crew the silver medal.

Geoff Gadbois(Milton, Vt.), Blaine McConnell(Tacoma, Wash.), Adrian Adams(Reidsville, N.C.) and Kris Horn(Pembroke, Mass.) posted a start time of 5.30 seconds for a run of 54.98 seconds in the first heat. They followed it up with a push of 5.24 and downtime of 55.00 seconds for a combined time of 1:49.98 to take the bronze.

Monobob will make its Olympic debut in Beijing 2022 as a women’s only event. In the first-ever monobob race in Lake Placid, Nicole Vogt(Dallas, Texas) won the first ever monobob competition held in Lake Placid. Vogt took the lead in the first run with a time of 1:04.24, followed by Brittany Reinbolt(Searcy, Ark.) with a 1:04.67. Reinbolt had an advantage of a 6.29-second start time compared to Vogt’s 6.63. 

In run two, Reinbolt was again fastest at the start with a push time of 6.38 seconds. She crossed the finish line in 1:05.27 for a combined time of 2:09.94. Vogt pushed off in 6.68 seconds and clocked a 1:04.71 downtime to take the historic win with a combined time of 2:08.95. 

Today’s races conclude the 2018-2019 bobsled and skeleton racing season.

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

Results

Four-man bobsled
1.Hunter Church, Kyler Allison, Christopher Kinney and Kyle Wilcox 1:49.72 (54.80, 54.92);
2. Codie Bascue, Josh Williamson, Frank Del Duca and Jimmy Reed 1:49.91 (54.86, 55.05);
3. Geoff Gadbois, Blaine McConnell, Adrian Adams and Kris Horn 1:49.98 (54.98, 55.00);

Monobob
1. Nicole Vogt 2:08.95 (1:04.24, 1:04.71);
2. Brittany Reinbolt 2:09.94 (1:04.67, 1:05.27);

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