It was an exciting, and busy weekend of
short track racing in Cleveland Heights, OH, as a field
of over 230 skaters took to the ice for the American Cup
2 and the Ohio Invitational.
Following his World Cup debut in Salt Lake City last weekend, John-Henry Krueger (Pittsburgh, PA) notched his first career overall American Cup win with 3069 points and winning three (500 and two 1500) of his four distances raced this weekend.Chris Creveling (Marquette, MI) took the second spot overall with 2230 points and a win in the 1000m, and Sasha Fathoulin was third with
In the ladies overall standings, Canadian Keri Morrison finished first with 2431, followed by US Speedskating Short Track National Racing program member Erin Bartlett (Lakewood, OH) with 2326 points in second, and 2010 Olympic bronze medalist Kimberly Derrick (Memphis, TN) in third with 2320 points, with a win in the weekend’s first 1500m distance.
In American Cup Group 2 competition, Thomas Insuk Hong (Laurel, MD) took first in the men’s overall standings with 3800 points and wins in three (500, 1000 and 1500m) of his four distances raced this weekend. Evan Opeka (McMurray, PA) placed second overall with 2912 points, and Aaron Tran (Federal Way, WA) took third with 2378 points and a win the in second 1500m event of the weekend.
Sarah Warren (Willowbrook, IL) placed first in the overall Ladies Group 2 standings with 3440 points, and wins in the 500 and 1500m distances.Jacqueline Chen (San Marino, CA) finished second with 3210 points and wins in the 1500 and 1000m distances. Heather Clarke (CAN) placed third overall with 2374 points.
American Cup 2 introduced a new qualification system which required skaters to win their qualifying round and/or skate their fastest while winning the qualifying race.
Any additional open qualifying spots, varied from race to race and were dependent the number of participants, are then were filled by those skating the fastest times.
Thank you to the organizing
committee and volunteers with the Ohio Speedskating
Association for staging an outstanding competition this