Meyers, Langton get big push

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Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.) and Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.) were named U.S. national bobsled push champions in their respective fields after dominating the competition on the wheeled push track in Lake Placid Friday. More than 30 rookie and veteran athletes battled for the 2010 title.

Competing in push championships was mandatory for any push athlete wishing to race with the World Cup team during the 2010-2011 season. Results will be considered when the selection committee names the team in November following team trials.

The athlete with the lowest combined time of two pushes from the brake osition was named the 2010 national champion in the women’s field. Six rookie athletes competed today, increasing the depth of the women’s program.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing what these athletes can do on ice,” said Dave Owens, women’s bobsled head coach. “We have a lot of potential with a mix of returning veterans and strong rookie athletes, and we have a lot to look forward to with this team.”

Meyers claimed the Olympic bronze medal with driver Erin Pac in February before returning to Lake Placid to try her hand at the D-rings in the driver’s seat. While Meyers will focus on driving this season, she competed as a push athlete to not limit her opportunities throughout the season.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect coming off an Olympic year,” said Meyers. “I’m very excited that we had so many rookies competing and that we’ll have a strong squad on the team this year. I can’t wait to get on the ice.”

Meyers claimed the title by over one-tenth of a second after pushing a combined time of 10.13 seconds after clocking 5.06 and 5.07 seconds in her runs.

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