Spinter's Edge cyclists excel at Junior Nationals
Local track cyclists from Sprinter's Edge Track Development Team, coached by Andrew Harris, took the podium for numerous events at the recent Junior Track National Championships in Carson, California.
After qualifying second in the flying 200 meter (11.019), James Mellen of Schnecksville, a 2014 graduate of Parkland High School, went on to finish second in the match sprint. Later he teamed up with two other nationally-ranked cyclists to take first place in the team sprint with a time of 48.146. That time qualified him to represent the USA at the Junior World Championship to be held in Seoul, South Korea in August.
Mellen also collected silver and bronze medals in the kerin and the on-kilometer time trial, respectively.
Julia Sante, the newest member of the Sprinters Edge team, from Lake George, NY, had a very successful showing, placing first in the team sprint, kerin, match sprint, 500-meter time trial, and omnium. She also took the podium for silver in the individual pursuit and points race, and bronze for the scratch and flying 200 meter.
Noah Thomas of Mertztown, a rising Junior at Brandywine High School, rode in the lead position for his team and took third place in the team pursuit.
Teammates Eva Burke (Macungie), a rising freshman at Emmaus High School, and Allyson Wasielewski (Orefield) rising sophomore at Central Catholic High School, combined for a gold medal in the team sprint, establishing a new track record of 38.456, which would have qualified the two to attend Junior Track Worlds in the 17-18 year old category, but were ineligible because of age restrictions.
Burke went on to take the podium for silver medals in each of the match sprint finals, 500-meter time trial, and the 200 meter flying time trial. Wasielewski would go on to collect bronze medals in each of the 500 meter time trial, points race, match sprint, scratch, and omnium.
Marcy Bardman (Barto), a rising sophomore at The Hill School, earned second place medals in the points race and the 500-meter time trial, along with a third-place finish in the omnium.
Brittany Bardman (Barto), and eight-grade student at The Swain School, earned a third-place finish in the scratch race.
Overall, the team brought home 37 medals ranging from first to fifth place.
Sprinter's Edge is sponsored by local and international companies. Its title sponsor is Buckeye Partners with corporate offices in Breinigsville. Other supporting sponsors include First Generation, Florence Grille, Pennsburg Professional Pharmacy, Express Business Center, The Swain School, Summit Environmental Consulting, Yo Fresh Yogurt Cafe in Allentown and Dolan Bicycles.