Young luge racers find hard ice, fast track for Empire State Winter Games competitions

adirondacks, usa – Temperatures of 15 degrees Saturday morning led to fast sliding conditions at Mount Van Hoevenberg, outside Lake Placid, for youth division luge races at the Empire State Winter Games, presented by Community Bank.

Gavin Shamis, of Shelburne, Vt., came from behind in the second run to overtake Noah Boggess for the gold medal in youth A. Boggess, of Montague, Mich., held the first run advantage by 0.3 of a second, before Shamis came on to win the final heat and the race.

The gold medalist, racing from the World Cup women’s/doubles start at the Olympic Sports Complex, totaled 1 minute, 33.552 seconds for his two runs down the three-quarters of a mile track. The silver medal time for Boggess was 1:33.888, with Eamonn Bottger, of Burlington, Vt., taking bronze in 1:34.728.

Selena Jeskanen, of Peru, N.Y., captured the youth A women’s race from the same start position.  Jeskanen’s runs totaled 1:32.485. She was followed by Molly Loucy, of Milton, Vt., 0.2 of a second off the winning pace after posting the best final heat. The effort elevated Loucy from third place to second. The bronze medal went to Reannyn Weiler, of Whitesboro, N.Y., who trailed Loucy by only 0.01 of a second.

Hunter Harris, of East Fairfield, Vt., won the men’s youth race. Harris’s two attempts were the fastest of the race and totaled 1:33.140. Sean Rogers, of took the silver medal in 1:33.888, with Nick Iverson, of Park City, Utah, securing the bronze in 1:38.862.

Matt Greiner was crowned champion in youth B men, showing consistent speed as he had the top two runs of the race. The Park City racer totaled 1:32.421, defeating Aidan Mueller by two seconds. Mueller, of West Islip, N.Y., recorded 1:34.493. The bronze medalist was Ian Thomas, of Park City, nearly three seconds from Greiner.

Maya Chan, of Chicago, won the youth B women’s event in 1:34.665. Chan was followed by Emma Erickson, of Oneida, Wisc., in 1:38.300, and Delaney Duncan, of Park City, in 1:40.420.

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