Jennifer Schuble and Chris Murphy highlight U.S. Paralympics track cycling
CARSON, Calif. – A second win by Jennifer Schuble and a breakthrough performance by Chris Murphy entertained the crowds on the second day of competition at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track Cycling National Championships held in conjunction with the LA Grand Prix.
In the C5 500m time trial, Paralympic Games gold medalist Schuble (Homewood, Ala.) won her second national title of the weekend as she clocked a 39.099, with Greta Neimanas (Asheville, N.C.) second in 40.147. Schuble also raced against able-bodied competitors in the LA Grand Prix portion of the event. Schuble made it through the qualification heat of the 10k points race in the morning.
“I rode the national team standard in the 500m,” Schuble said. “I was very pleased with my time. To win both events and race Greta [Neimanas], it’s not easy in the C5 women’s class. The icing on the cake was actually to make it through the omnium qualifying to race the able bodied.”
The story of the night on the men’s side was the victory of Murphy (Alta Loma, Calif.) in the men’s C5 1,000m time trial. Murphy only started in Para-cycling earlier this year, and landed atop the podium. Murphy’s time in the 1,000m was more than 10 seconds faster than he clocked only two weeks ago at the Para-cycling training camp.
“It is overwhelming because I only started racing on the track three weeks ago,” Murphy said. “It is totally a new thing that I didn’t consider that I could be good at. It definitely motivates me, and I can’t even describe how excited I am. To me it is really important to be here and to encourage kids like me who were born with Brachial Plexus Palsy to try sports, because I was once told I couldn’t do things like this.”
In the women’s C3 category, track cycling newcomer Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, Calif.) set her second national record of the weekend as she stopped the clock in the 500m in a time of 48.252. The tandem team of Karissa Whitsell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Jennifer Triplett (Mooresville, N.C.) picked up their second win as well in a winning time of 1:15.766. Megan Fisher (Missoula, Mont.) raced to the national track cycling title with a win in the C4 class in 45.171.
Aaron Trent (Greenville, S.C.) won a very competitive C4 class in the men’s 1,000m. With less than a second separating the top three riders. Trent grabbed the win in 1:11.508, with Justin Widhalm (Fountain, Colo.) and Jeffrey “Scott” Martin (Oceanside, Calif.) close behind.
The men’s tandem team of Clark Rachfal (Annapolis, Md.) and David Swanson (Tucson, Ariz.) dominated the 1,000m time trial to win by more than three seconds in a time of 1:07.888. In the C3 class, it was Jason Kimball (Spring Lake, N.C.) who took the podium after pulling ahead of his competitors by more than seven seconds to cross the line in 1:14.785.
Picking up their second national titles of the weekend, Matthew Bigos (Cardiff By The Sea, Calif.) clocked a 1:32.138 in the C1 division, while William Lister (Huntington Beach, Calif.) rode to a time of 1:49.994 in the C2 division.
Competition runs through Sunday and can be viewed live online at UniversalSports.com. Full results of today’s competition are available at VeloSportsCenter.com/LAGP.
For more information, please contact Katie Branham, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-237-9407 or Katie.Branham@usoc.org.