United States National Track Championships
Day 3 - Hammer, Reed each score second National titles at elite track championships
October 5 - 8, Carson, California
The defending national champion in the 500-meter time trial, Reed clocked a winning time of 36.58 seconds to beat silver medalist Liz Carlson (Jim Thorpe, Pa./East Coast Velo) by nearly half a second. The win meant Reed successfully defended two of her three titles from 2005 with Saturday's keirin still remaining. Reed and Carlson were the only two riders to crack the 37-second barrier as Anna Lang (Big City Velo), Martha Dunne (Jelly Belly) and Shelby Allen (Major Motion) took the final three podium spots from the 29-rider field.
Erica Allar (Team Fuji-Salamander), 20, placed seventh overall with a time of 38.971 seconds to capture the U23 national title.
Like Reed, Hammer duplicated two of her victories from a year ago after adding another points race crown to her rapidly growing list of wins. Hammer lapped the balance of the 20-rider field once and won the last four intermediate sprints to score 40 points. Rebecca Quinn (Quakertown, Pa.) rode a solid race to place second, scoring points in all but one of the eight intermediate sprints to finish with 22 points. Recent USA Cycling Elite National Criterum Champion, Theresa Cliff-Ryan (Verducci-Breakaway), started strong and rode consistently throughout the 25-kilometer race, winning the first intermediate sprint and scoring points in five others to place third with 13 points. Cassandra Holman (The Home Depot Center) and Kelly Benjamin (Cheerwine) completed the podium in fourth and fifth respectively with eight and five points.
Hammer will also compete for her third national title of the week Saturday in the women's scratch race.
Natalie Klemko (America's Dairyland) 19, won the U23 classification, placing 12th overall after scoring one point in the penultimate intermediate sprint.
1. Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash.) 36.458
2. Liz Carlson (Jim Thorpe, Pa.) 36.931
3. Anna Lang (La Jolla, Calif.) 37.561
4. Martha Dunne (Coronado, Calif.) 38.011
5. Shelby Allen (Cerritos, Calif.) 38.359
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