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Masters Championships mark final USA Luge races of the season in Lake Placid

By Sandy Caligiore | March 19, 2019, 8:14 a.m. (ET)

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Jeff Stratton and Bruce Norman won their respective USA Luge Masters divisions Sunday in Lake Placid on a morning that broke crisp and cold.

With temperatures in the mid-teens at the Olympic Sports Complex, Stratton, of Brooklyn, N.Y., captured the Masters National Championship, while Norman, of St. Augustine, Fla., defeated all comers in the Masters Senior Open.

The competitions featured 15 sliders, including Elizabeth Clark, of Amherst, N.H., the lone female in the event against the men, and Dick Genovese, of Rockford, Ill., the oldest racer in the field at 82 years of age.

Stratton posted the two fastest heats of the national championship race, and totaled 1 minute, 30.486 seconds. He cruised to a 1.7 second victory over Jim Murphy, also of Amherst, N.H., a past Masters champion. Tom Murphy (no relation to Jim), of Park City, Utah, placed third, another second off the winning pace.

Norman’s two heat aggregate time of 1:32.455 topped the total of 1:33.040 put down by Tony Shimkonis of Wilmington, N.C. Third place went to Jay Edmunds, of Park City. Edmunds wound up two seconds from Norman.

The annual March get-together is equal parts competition, fun, camaraderie and hot stove luge. Much of this occurred, appropriately, on Friday night at the Big Slide Brewery in Lake Placid.

The rest of March at Mount Van Hoevenberg will find the USA Luge national, junior and youth teams on the ice training and testing equipment. The annual fantasy camp, now completely sold out, concludes activity for the season in early April.