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Humphries wins the second women’s bobsled selection race;
Bascue sweeps men’s two-man races
Lake Placid, N.Y. (November 21, 2020)- Reigning world champion Kaillie Humphries (Carlsbad, Calif.) teamed with Emily Renna (Fairport, N.Y.) in heat one and Colleen Fotsch (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in heat two to win the second day of women’s bobsled national team trials in a race that came down the hundredths. Yesterday’s winner Elana Meyers Taylor (Douglasville, Ga.) teamed with Lake Kwaza (Sycamore, Ill.) to hold a slim lead of two-hundredths of a second in the first heat, but the duo fell back by one-hundredth to Humphries in the final heat to finish second. Codie Bascue (Whitehall, N.Y.) teamed with Kyle Wilcox (Tampa, Fla.) today to sweep the men’s two-man selection races.
“Today was another great day of racing,” said USA Bobsled Head Coach Mike Kohn. “I can’t thank the track crew and the Olympic Regional Development Authority enough for working through these challenges and getting us on ice. We also owe a lot to our volunteers Tony Carlino, Ryan Schneider, and Jeff Potter for helping us run the races. Today was really exciting because we had veterans and rookies racing together, and we had some surprises. Even though it’s an unpredictable year, there’s no question that our athletes are hungry and ready to race.”
Renna and Fotsch are both rookie bobsledders. Renna competed in track and field at the University of Rhode Island. Fotsch is a three-time regional Crossfit competitor, and a former collegiate swimmer from the University of California, Berkeley where she was a five-time All-American. Humphries posted the second-best start times of the competition with both athletes; a 5.59 in the first heat with Renna and a 5.63 in run two with Fotsch.
“It’s been nice being a part of the experience for some of the rookies,” Humphries said. “I had the chance to race with four different athletes over four heats, and it’s been a steep learning curve for new athletes like Colleen. Emily and Colleen did a great job today.”
Humphries threaded together a first run time of 55.05 seconds to finish 0.02 seconds behind Meyers Taylor and Kwaza. She rallied back in the second heat to edge her teammates by one-hundredth of a second with a downtime of 55.26 seconds. Humphries, who already has a spot secured on the national team with her 2020 World Championship win, was victorious today in 1:56.32.
“My position was locked in, but I still have things I need to figure out,” Humphries said. “Using this time is important, because it’s better to work through some things now than during World Cup time when the pressure is high.”
Meyers Taylor and Kwaza were dominant at the start with push times of 5.50 seconds in both heats. Meyers Taylor glided to the finish with a flawless run of 55.02 seconds in the first heat. She was on track to maintain the lead until the last interval, where she fell back by a hundredth to Humphries. Meyers Taylor and Kwaza finished second with a total time of 1:56.33.
Nicole Vogt (Dallas, Texas) and Lolo Jones (Des Moines, Iowa) posted impressive numbers today. The pair clocked 5.76 seconds at the start in both heats. Vogt piloted the team to the finish in 58.21 seconds for the third best time of the first heat. She left nothing behind in the final run, racing to the finish in 58.27 seconds for the fastest time of the heat. Vogt and Jones finished third, 0.16 seconds behind the lead, for a combined time of 1:56.48.
“It’s nice to have Elana back with the team, and having Nicole (Vogt) out again this year after her hand surgery last year,” Humphries said. “Competition is good, it pushes you to be better. These races have been long anticipated, and there have been so many changes this week with delays, but everyone has been able to adapt. That will be the theme of this year.”
Brittany Reinbolt (Searcy, Ark.) and Sylvia Hoffman (Arlington, Texas) posted starts of 5.61 and 5.66 for runs of 58.24 and 58.57 seconds, respectively. The duo finished fourth with a two-run total of 1:56.81.
Bascue and Wilcox were dominant today, posting the fastest downtimes of 56.44 and 56.98 seconds for a combined time of 1:53.42. The duo finished a distant 0.52 seconds ahead of the field.
Hunter Church (Cadyville, N.Y.) and Kris Horn (Pembroke, Mass.) clocked a two-run total of 1:53.94 to finish second today after clocking runs of 56.84 and 57.10 seconds.
Frank Del Duca (Bethel, Me.), an emerging pilot in the program, put some heat on Bascue and Church today. Teamed with Dakota Lynch (Boise, Idaho), Del Duca posted the third and second fastest times of the race to finish third in 1:53.96.
Geoff Gadbois (Milton, Vt.) and Nic Taylor (Hayward, Calif.) finished fourth with a total time of 1:54.10. Sam Moeller (San Antonio, Texas) once again posted the fastest start times of the competition (5.11 and 5.14 seconds), this time with Charlie Volker (Fairhaven, N.J.). Tyler Hickey (Geneva, Ill.) and Jamil Muhammed-Ray (Charlotte, N.C.) were sixth with a two-run total of 1:54.85.
The women’s national team will be named tonight, while the men will return to Lake Placid after Thanksgiving to race four-man before their team selection is made.
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Race one results:
1. Kaillie Humphries and Emily Renna/Colleen Fotsch 1:56.32 (58.04, 58.28);
2. Elana Meyers Taylor and Lake Kwaza 1:56.33 (58.02, 58.31);
3. Nicole Vogt and Lolo Jones 1:56.48 (58.21, 58.27);
4. Brittany Reinbolt and Sylvia Hoffman 1:56.81 (58.24, 58.57);
Men’s two-man bobsled
1. Codie Bascue and Kyle Wilcox 1:53.42 (56.44, 56.98);
2. Hunter Church and Kris Horn 1:53.94 (56.84, 57.10);
3. Frank Del Duca and Dakota Lynch 1:53.96 (56.90, 57.06);
4. Geoff Gadbois and Nic Taylor 1:54.10 (56.91, 57.19);
5. Sam Moeller and Charlie Volker 1:54.54 (57.26, 57.28);
6. Tyler Hickey and Jami Muhammed-Ray 1:54.85 (57.43, 57.42);
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