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December 2004 US Junior Short Track Nationals
Day 1 Report

Report on day 1 of the December 2004 United States Junior Short Track Ice Speed Skating Championships at the Bay County Ice Arena in Bay City, Michigan on December 18, 2004.

WILSON AND CELSKI TAKE OVER ALL LEAD AT THE
2004 U.S. JUNIOR SHORT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS

Bay City, Michigan (December 18, 2004) -- Saturday marked first day of the United States Junior Short Track Championships being held in Michigan. The competition selects the three best junior skaters in the country from the overall classification to represent the United States. at the Junior World Championships held in Serbia on January 7-9, 2005.

In the ladies’ 9-lap time trial, Maria Garcia (Carson, California) took the win in a time of 1:37.34, while Alice Kim (Fullerton, California) took silver in a time of 1:38.81. Carly Wilson (Jefferson City, Missouri) took bronze with a finish time of 1:39.79.

In the ladies’ 1500-meters event, Wilson returned to the podium but this time for a gold medal. Wilson won with a time of 2:34.18. Jade Wheeler (Los Alamitos, California) won silver in 2:34.67 followed by Mary Grace (Wilmette, Illinois) who took home the bronze in a time of 2:36.93.

In the overall standings after Saturday’s races, Wilson leads with 1175.5 points, followed by Wheeler (654 points), and Garcia (548.5 points). Grace (404.5 points) and Kim (361 points) round out the top five.

In the men's 9-lap time trial, Trevor Marsicano (Ballston Spa, New York) won in a time of 1:30.31, followed by Joey Lindsey (Long Beach, California) in a time of 1:31.18. Hometown favorite Ryan Bedford (Midland, Michigan) won the bronze in 1:31.29.

In the 1500-meters event J.R. Celski (Federal Way, Washington State) took the gold in a time of 2:20.54, while Bedford took silver in a time of 2:20.62. Kyle Carr (Marquette, Michigan) took bronze in a time of 2:21.43.

In the overall standings after the day’s events, Celski has the lead with 1059 points, with Bedford (798.5 points), Marisicano (726.5 points), Lindsey (449 points), and Carr (421.5 points) completing the top five.

Racing continues Sunday at 9am. For more information and race results, please visit the Web site of the Michigan Speed Skating Association and select the U.S Junior Championships icon



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