Norton Seeding Races and Youth National Championships underway in Park City

By Sandy Caligiore | March 02, 2019, 6:51 p.m. (ET)


PARK CITY, Utah –
Ian Smith, the fourth-ranked racer in Youth A World Cup luge, captured the first of two Norton seeding races Saturday at the Utah Olympic Park. The victory also gives him the halfway lead in the chase for the Norton Youth A National Championship.

The competition, with three events in two days, will conclude Sunday afternoon at the 2002 Olympic site in Park City, Utah.

Other first day winners were Sophia Kirkby in Youth A women, Orson Colby in Youth B men, and the doubles team of Maya Chan and Reannyn Weiler in Youth A doubles.

Smith, of Carlisle, Mass., threw down the two fastest heats of the day and turned back hometown athlete Matt Greiner by nearly 0.3 of a second. Smith recorded a combined time of 1 minute, 30.903 seconds on a snowy, but comfortable afternoon.

Greiner, of Park City, was clocked in 1:31.182 as he improved from third to second place in the final heat. The bronze medal went to Sam Day, of Wantagh, N.Y., who was 0.36 of a second from Smith.

Kirkby, of Ray Brook, N.Y. near Lake Placid, had been competing up in class this winter on the Junior World Cup tour for older athletes. Now racing in her age group, Kirkby’s pair of attempts totaled 1:26.636. Park City’s Delaney Duncan finished runner-up in 1:26.862, followed by McKenna Mazlo, of Souderton, Pa., grabbing the bronze medal in 1:26.987.

The Youth B men’s division went to Colby by 1.3 seconds. The Riverton, Utah competitor totaled 1:30.458. Logan Barnes and David D’Amico finished 2-3, with Barnes, of Whitefish Bay, Wis. timed in 1:31.771 and D’Amico, of Downers Grove, Ill. next in 1:32.491.

Chan, of Chicago, and Weiler, of Whitesboro, N.Y., originally finished second in Youth A doubles, but when apparent winners Sam Day and Michael O’Gara, of La Crescenta, Calif. were disqualified for an overweight sled, Chan and Weiler were elevated to victory.

The winners had an aggregate 1:27.325. The twosome also medaled this year in the Youth Olympic Games test event in St. Moritz, Switzerland. They had three medal-winning results in the Youth Women’s Doubles World Cup season.

Sophia Gordon, of Sussex, Wis. and McKenna Mazlo were a close second by only 0.03, with Emma Erickson, of Oneida, Wis. and Elana Morrison, of Twin Lake, Mich., third in 1:28.202.

Sunday’s second seeding race and the crowning of the Norton national champions in singles will begin at 1 PM MT / 3 PM ET with live streaming available on USALuge.org.

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