LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Erin Hamlin has some work to do in her quest for a sixth straight USA Luge women’s national championship.

Augusta native Julia Clukey led Hamlin after the first two races Friday. Clukey’s two-run time was 1 minute, 29.907 seconds, which was 0.143 seconds ahead of Hamlin and 0.276 seconds better than third-place Emily Sweeney.

In the men’s event, Chris Mazdzer moved closer to his fourth straight national crown, his two-run time of 1:46.374 coming in 0.23 seconds ahead of second-place Tucker West. Aiden Kelly was third, nearly a half-second back.

Matt Mortensen and Preston Griffall (1:30.405) lead the doubles over Jake Hyrns and Andrew Sherk (1:30.499) by about a tenth of a second at the midway point. Ty Andersen and Anthony Espinoza are third.

The national championships finish up today.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.