Hansen sets record time in women's sprint

Dawkins takes out men's title

Natasha Hansen continued to stake her claim for Olympic selection on the second night of the RaboDirect Track National Championships in Invercargill tonight.

Hansen defeated fellow Southlander Steph McKenzie in two straight rides to win the women's sprint national title after smashing the New Zealand 200m time trial record in qualifying this morning.

The men's sprint final was a more closely fought affair with local Southland hero Eddie Dawkins regaining his best form to beat fellow BikeNZ squad member and former triple world junior champion Sam Webster (Auckland) in a third ride, after they split the first two.

Hansen, the former Christchurch rider now living in Invercargill, was delighted with her continued improving form.

"I was really pleased with my national record, but I guess in sprint racing anything can happen and you can't underestimate anyone no matter what their qualifying speed was," Hansen said.

"The record did give me a slight confidence boost but I think the main buzz I was on was just from going fast. You can't take anyone lightly out there,"
said Hansen.

Hansen, who has her sights set on the London Olympics, set a new national record of 11.219 in the 200 metre sprint qualifying this morning, adding it to the 500 metre time trial national record she last night.

"New Zealand has not had a female sprint programme so now that we have got one with three of us on the programme we have come along in leaps and bounds as we are all pushing each other along and making us go faster and faster."

Katie Schofield (Otago), the third member of the women's high performance sprint programme narrowly missed making the sprint final but easily defeated former world downhill mountain bike world champion Vanessa Quin (Auckland) to take the bronze medal.

Dawkins led the way in qualifying with a 10:169s effort, a whisker outside the national record, with fellow Southlander Matt Archibald second fastest ahead of Webster.

Dawkins, Archibald, Webster and fellow BikeNZ squad rider Ethan Mitchell fought their way into the semifinals.

The big Southlander accounted for Mitchell (Auckland) in two straight rides to progress to the final while Webster was pushed by Archibald but also went through in two rides.

It proved an outstanding result for Dawkins, who struggled for his best form at the Oceania Championships prior to Christmas.

"Sam is really the leading force in matched sprinting in New Zealand and it was good to get one up on him, but it's also developing our whole team,"
said Dawkins.

"My sprint qualifying today was the fastest I have gone since 2009. I've been in a bit of a lull - I've been surprised that the team has kept me around. But I'm glad I'm on the way up again and in the right year."

Southland local Tom Scully caused an upset in the points race when he beat Beijing Olympians Westley Gough (Waipukurau) and Marc Ryan (Timaru) for the title. It was a tight race decided on the final sprint which was won by Gough. However Ryan was relegated for an infraction in the final sprint which promoted Scully, giving him the bonus point needed to steal the title from Gough.

It completed an remarkable comeback from Scully, who had several months out of the sport after a serious racing accident in Ireland in 2010.

Commonwealth Games medallist Joanne Kiesanowski (Canterbury) rode an exemplary points race to secure herself the national title. The country's leading omnium rider featured in each sprint, winning by an 11 point margin ahead of Rushlee Buchanan (Waikato Bay of Plenty) and Sequoia Cooper (Southland).

Youngsters Alysha Keith (Otago) and Dylan Kennett (Canterbury) put their hands up for selection to next year's Junior World Championships to be staged at Invercargill after convincing wins in the under 19 omnium.

Kennett won all but the points race in the six event series, to finish with a whopping 12 point margin over Hayden McCormick (Te Awamutu) with Hamish Schreurs (Christchurch) third.

Keith never slipped below a second place in any of her six events, finishing nine points ahead of Cassie Cameron (Wanganui) and Auckland's Racquel Sheath.

The RaboDirect Elite Track National Championships conclude on Monday

Day 2 - Sprint Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eddie Dawkins0:00:10.196 
2Matt Archibald0:00:10.325 
3Sam Webster0:00:10.339 
4Ethan Mitchell0:00:10.341 
5Lee Evans0:00:11.005 
6Karl Watson0:00:11.016 
7Regan Sheath0:00:11.028 
8James Vercoe0:00:11.076 
9Willie Trew0:00:11.278 
10Ben Simpson0:00:11.703 
11Anthony Van De Pas0:00:11.967 
12Duncan Muller0:00:12.284 
Sprint Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Natasha Hansen0:00:11.219 
2Katie Schofield0:00:11.585 
3Stephanie Mckenzie0:00:11.719 
4Henrietta Mitchell0:00:12.193 
5Vanessa Quinn0:00:12.312 
6Hannah Latta0:00:12.734 
7Olivia Wieblitz0:00:13.004 
8Katri Laike0:00:13.763 
9Sequoia Cooper0:00:18.108 
5th to 8th place
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
 Karl Watson0:00:11.400 
 Regan Sheath  
 Lee Evans  
 James Vercoe  
5th to 8th place
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Hannah Latta0:00:13.690 
6Olivia Wieblitz  
7Katri Laike  
8Henrietta Mitchell  
Sprint Semi Finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Natasha Hansen0:00:12.165 
2Vanessa Quinn  
Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Natasha Hansen0:00:12.230 
2Vanessa Quinn  
Tie 2 Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephanie Mckenzie0:00:12.879 
2Katie Schofield  
Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephanie Mckenzie0:00:11.916 
2Katie Schofield  
Sprint Semi Finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eddie Dawkins0:00:10.785 
2Ethan Mitchell  
Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eddie Dawkins0:00:10.969 
2Ethan Mitchell  
Tie 2 Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Webster0:00:10.416 
2Matt Archibald  
Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Webster0:00:10.903 
2Matt Archibald  
Elite women's Points race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jo Kiesanowski27 pts
2Rushlee Buchanan16 
3Sequoia Cooper13 
4Gemma Dudley9 
5Elizabeth Steel8 
6Kathryn Jones5 
7Kylie Young5 
8Ashleigh James1 
9Georgia Williams1 
10Alexandra Neems  
11Aimee Burns  
12Katri Laike  
DNFElyse Fraser  
DNFKate Dudley  
DNFHannah Latta  
DNFSarah Tomlinson  
Elite men's points race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Scully26 pts
2Westley Gough25 
3Marc Ryan19 
4Aaron Gate15 
5Brad Evans10 
6Alex Frame9 
7Pieter Bulling5 
8Patrick Jones4 
9Peter Latham4 
10Will Bowman1 
11Scott Creighton-15 
12Sam Bewley-18 
13Andy Van Der Heyden-19 
DNFDenay Cottam  
DNFMatiu Kaihau  
DNFJason Allen  
DNFBen Park  
DNFHamish Tomlinson  
DNFBrad Tuhi  


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