The 2017 Junior and Elite Track National Championships concluded at the VELO Sports Center on Saturday with the final four national titles awarded in the elite categories.
Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./Sho-Air TWENTY20) continued her dominance from the previous days as she added a points race national title to the omnium title she captured on Friday and the scratch race title won on Thursday. Valente was never challenged in Saturday’s final as she amassed 63 points.
Kimberly Ann Zubris (Alburtis, Pa./Long Tail Creative Track Team) took the silver medal with 29 points, while Colleen Gulick (Spring City, Pa./Pickle Juice Pro Cycling) edged individual pursuit national champion Christina Birch (Los Angeles, Calif./Keirin Cut Jeans + nuun) in the final sprint to take the bronze medal with 18 points.
In the elite women’s keirin final, Madalyn Godby (Louisville, Colo./Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado) earned her second Stars-and-Stripes jersey of the week to go along with her sprint title. Godby sprinted away in the final lap and held off defending champion Mandy Marquardt (Allentown, Pa./Team Novo Nordisk) at the line. Colleen Gulick (Spring City, Pa./Pickle Juice Pro Cycling) captured the bronze medal.
In a very exciting and close men’s points race final – a race that took several minutes to figure out the medalists after the conclusion – Mac Cassin (Boulder, Colo./303 Project) took the win with 51 points. The battle for the silver medal saw Ashton Lambie (Lawrence, Kan.) edge John Kuhfahl (Ingleside, Ill./Kelly Benefit Strategies Elite) as both riders tallied 47 points.
The men’s keirin final saw James Mellen (Schnecksville, Pa./Sprinter’s Edge Track Development Team) collect his second Stars-and-Stripes jersey in as many days. On the heels of his sprint title on Friday, Mellen powered away on the home stretch to take the gold medal. The silver medal went to Joe Christiansen(Lyons, Colo./Star Track) while Dominic Suozzi (Fountain Hills, Ariz./Star Track Racing) earned the bronze medal.
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