Area speedskaters compete around country

Midway Speedskating Club, which trains at the Roseville OVAL, has had a very active season. 

Steven Hartman of Falcon Heights competed at the U.S. Senior National Championships in late December. He finished fourth in the 1000-meter distance and sixth in the 1500 meters to win a spot on the U.S. team at the World Cup meet in Hamar, Norway.  

World Cup meets are the highest level of skating, comparable to the Olympics. Representing the U.S. at the senior level for the World Cup has been a longtime goal for Hartman.  

Emily Bos, 13 of Roseville, and Adam Groven, 13 of St. Paul, represented Midway at the International Children’s Winter Games held in Lake Placid, New York, Jan. 8-9. 

The games invited athletes from around the world to compete and promote the theme “Friendship and sport can move mountains.” Bos and Groven competed in three individual races and one team race. Members of each team race were skaters from different countries. Bos brought home two gold and two silver medals, and Groven a bronze.

Jan. 18-20 Midway skaters headed back to Lake Placid for the U.S. Junior Championships. The meet decided who would represent the United States at the Junior World Cup in Baselga di Pine, Italy. The U.S. sends five women and five men. Over two days, skaters raced in four distances ranging from 500 to 5000 meters.  

Adam Johnson, 17 of Oakdale, was in a very close seventh place after the first day of competition. He pulled into sixth place, but couldn’t quite make up the time he needed.  Sami Banat, 16 of St. Paul, took ninth, Mack Hanson, 18 of Mounds View, finished 10th .  

Midway Skaters Michael Johnson, Axel Leopold and Caden Barber also competed. For the women, Madeline Lange, 17 of St. Paul, took seventh place. Jia Griffiths of Minneapolis and Auggie Herman of Columbus took top honors in the 13-14, Jr. C age category.  

Feb. 9 and 10 the team headed to Milwaukee for Age Group Nationals, which featured pack racing. Several skaters are on the line at once, and strategies of drafting and when to pass play a large role. Max Weber of Little Canada took first place in the Jr. E 9-10 year age group. Herman took third in the Jr. C 13-14 year age group. Banat and Johnson finished second and third in the Jr. B age group, and Hanson finished third in the Jr. A age group.  

The four men joined together in a team pursuit and won second place, while Lange won the Jr. A division.  


—submitted by Cindy Johnson

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