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Phinney and Hammer take individual pursuit titles

The 2009 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships continued at the Home Depot Center velodrome on Friday with both Taylor Phinney (Trek-Livestrong) and Sarah Hammer (American Track Foundation) catching their opponents in their respective men's and women's individual pursuit finals to add to their collection of national titles. Kristin Walker (Momentum Coaching) also grabbed her second Stars-and-Stripes of the competition in the women's Kierin and Olympian Adam Duvendeck (Momentum Coaching) won his first elite national sprint title.

Phinney clocked a time of 4:30.855 seconds in the qualifying round of the 4000-meter individual pursuit before catching Roman Kilun (OUCH p/b Maxxis) in the gold medal final to win his third consecutive elite title in that event. The 2008 Olympian was able to catch Harm in 7.5-laps of what was to be a 16-lap lap affair.

"This event is so tough," explained Phinney. "It's a rewarding event, but you really have to work at it. It's exciting to see so many young guys like Julian doing well."

Daniel Harm (Broadmark Capital City) took third ahead of last year's bronze medallist Julian Kyer (Trek-Livestrong) in the race for third and fourth.

In the women's 3000-meter individual pursuit, former world champion Sarah Hammer (American Track Foundation) took her ninth national title, as she caught training partner Dotsie Bausch (ATF-Empower Coaching) after the same number of laps as Phinney caught his competitor. Also going head-to-head with Bausch in the qualifier, Hammer posted a Home Depot Center Velodrome record with a time of 3:31.831, with her second lap split even faster than Phinney's.

In the race for the bronze medal, Heather Jackson (California) defeated 2008 pursuit national champion Kimberly Geist (Team Alliance Environmental).

Five hundred meter time trial champion Cristin Walker (Momentum Coaching) took her second title of these national championships winning the women's Keirin in a photo finish over Dana Feiss (Home Depot Center). The pair met in a packed final that included former collegiate national champion Anna Lang (B&L Bike & Sport) and 2008 national champion and 2009 omnium winner Cari Higgins (Proman Hit Squad).

In the match sprint final, a pair of Olympians: Adam Duvendeck (Momentum Coaching) and Giddeon Massie (Bike Religion) split a pair of rides before Duvendeck was awarded the national title as Massie was relegated after a crash in the final round. Duvendeck recovered from the crash to collect his first elite national title in the sprint. Daniel Walker (Momentum Coaching) took two out of three from Kevin Mansker (Oregon) to win the bronze medal as well as the Under-23 national title.

"You never want to win like that," stated Duvendeck. "I really felt good going into that round. It was a good hole and it just got closed up on me. I feel pretty confident about the racing today. This is some of the best competition we've had in years with several guys posting sub-11 second times in the 200. It really bodes well for the future of American track cycling."

Competition will continue on Saturday with the points race, men's Keirin and the women's sprint events.

Men's Individual Pursuit
1Taylor Phinney (Trek-Livestrong)0:04:31
2Roman Kilun (Ouch P/B Maxxis)
3Daniel Harm (Broadmark Capital)0:04:48
4Julian Kyer (Trek-Livestrong)0:04:50

Women's Individual Pursuit
1Sarah Hammer (American Track Found)0:03:32
2Dotsie Bausch (ATF/Empower Coaching)
3Heather Jackson0:03:46
4Kimberly Geist (Team Alliance)0:03:52

Men's Sprint Quarter Final Heat 1
1Adam Duvendeck0:00:12
2Giovanni Rey

Men's Sprint Quarter Final Heat 2
1Giddeon Massie0:00:11
2Sam Milroy

Men's Sprint Quarter Final Heat 3
1Kevin Mansker0:00:11
2TJ Mathieson

Men's Sprint Quarter Final Heat 4
1Daniel Walker0:00:13
2Peter Billington

Men's Sprint Quarter Final Heat 5
1Jonathan Fraley0:00:11
2David Espinoza

Men's Sprint Quarter Final Heat 6
1Dean Tracy0:00:11
2Lanell Rockmore

Men's Sprint Semifinal Heat 1 - Race 1
1Adam Duvendeck0:00:12
2Daniel Walker

Men's Sprint Semifinal Heat 1 - Race 2
1Adam Duvendeck0:00:12
2Daniel Walker

Men's Sprint Semifinal Heat 2 - Race 1
1Giddeon Massie0:00:11
2Kevin Mansker

Men's Sprint Semifinal Heat 2 - Race 2
1Giddeon Massie0:00:11
2Kevin Mansker

Men's 3rd-4th - Race 1
1Daniel Walker0:00:11
2Kevin Mansker

Men's 3rd-4th - Race 2
1Kevin Mansker0:00:12
2Daniel Walker

Men's 3rd-4th - Race 3
1Daniel Walker0:00:12
2Kevin Mansker

Men's Sprint Final - Race 1
1Adam Duvendeck0:00:11
2Giddeon Massie

Men's Final - Race 2
1Giddeon Massie
2Adam Duvendeck

Men's Final - Race 3
1Adam Duvendeck
2Giddeon Massie

Men's Under-23 Sprint Results
1Daniel Walker
2Kevin Mansker
3David Espinoza
4Lanell Rockmore
5Kevin Mansker
6Daniel Sullivan

Men's 200m
1Adam Duvendeck (Momentum Coaching)0:00:11
2Giddeon Massie (Bike Religion)0:00:11
3Mathieson Tj (Momentum Coaching)0:00:11
4Daniel Walker (Momentum Coaching)0:00:11
5David Espinoza (Bike America)0:00:11
6Dean Tracy (Land Rover - Orbea)0:00:11
7Lanell Rockmore (Team Alliance)0:00:11
8Jonathan Fraley (WDT/AllVoi)0:00:11
9Peter Billington (LTO Velo)0:00:11
10Kevin Mansker (Unattached)0:00:11
11Sam Milroy (LTO Velo)0:00:11
12Giovanni Rey (LTO Velo)0:00:11
13Daniel Sullivan (Team Metra / Wendy's)0:00:11
14Joshua Ryan (Bouledogue Tout Noir)0:00:11
15Andrew Lacorte (Affinity Cycles)0:00:11
16Marius Farioletti0:00:11
17Nelson Li (Sommerville Sports)0:00:12
18Allen Vugrincic (Momentum Coaching)0:00:12
19Andrew Weathers (American Track Found)0:00:12
20Mark Godfrey (Bike Central)0:00:12
21Nathan Frechen (Team Beer)0:00:12
22TC Valentine0:00:12
23Douglas Northcott0:00:12
DNSRyan Cornell
DNSMike Garrett
DNSVann Johnson

Heat 1
1Cari Higgins
2Tela Crane
3Anna Lang
4Dena Eaton
5Amara Boursaw

Heat 2
1Dana Feiss
2Jen Featheringill
3Vera Divenyi
4Heather Vanvalkenburg
5Megan Dean
6Carol Kauder

Heat 3
1Cristin Walker
2Andrea Fisk
3Maddie Godby
4Camille Hook
5Luanne Murray
6Jane Chateaubriand

Heat 4
1Colleen Hayduk
2Shelby Reynolds
3Elizabeth Newell
4Kimberly Edwards
5Valerie Brostrom
6Amelia Bjesse-Puffin

Heat 2
1Cari Higgins
2Shelby Reynolds
3Cristin Walker
4Jen Featheringill
5Valerie Brostrom
6Elizabeth Newell

Heat 2
1Colleen Hayduk
2Anna Lang
3Dana Feiss
4Tela Crane
5Maddie Godby
6Andrea Fisk

Women's Keirin Final
1Cristin Walker
2Dana Feiss
3Anna Lang
4Cari Higgins
5Shelby Reynolds
6Colleen Hayduk

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