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   Orchard Beach Oval Bronx, NY
   Saturday, April 17, 2004

K2/Empire Sweeps Top 3 Pro Men Spots in Season Opener

Stage 1 of the 2004 Empire Skate Series was held at beautiful Orchard Beach under sunny skies with a high of 75 degrees.  Attendance was well up from last year's rainy start to the series.

The Pro men's field was the biggest we have ever had with 30+ skaters at the beach. We saw many new teams and skaters which made for a very exciting race.

K2/Empire's Bret Whitman was on many early attacks that were chased by Randy Bowman of Team Pyro, and numerous Team Canarium skaters.  Many more breaks were attempted that were joined by team Bont and others, but it seemed that nothing would get away in this 25 lap half-marathon until K2/Empires Chris Creveling took off with 7 laps to go. Once the pack saw his lead grow Herb Harbison of Canarium chased, caught and counterattacked. The final several laps saw Chris pull away for a commanding lead and victory while the chase pack swallowed up Herb and K2/Empires Eddie Wilcox won the field sprint followed closely by his teamate Darren Kaufman who rounded out the third spot on the podium.

PRO ELITE MEN - 21K (25 laps)
Place
Name
Team Affiliation
Age
Time
1.
Christopher Creveling Empire/K2 - 33:41
2.
Eddie Wilcox Empire/K2 - 33:48.508
3.
Darren Kauffman Empire/KS - 33:48.772
4.
Mike Chambers - 17 33:49.175
5.
Bret Whitman Empire/K2 - 33:49.604
6.
Scott Bliss Empire/K2 - 33:49.604

 7.

 Jose Escobar  Capital Racing  27  33:49.700
8.
Herb Harbison Jr. Canariam - 33:49.850
9.
Robin Osario Canariam - 33:49.966
10.
Marc Griffin UTV 27 33:50
11.
Kyle Carr LC Speed 17 34:02
12.
Randy Bowman Pyro 21 34.15.557
13.
Aaron Warr UTV 27 34:15.945
14.
John Howe Bont 28 34:44
15.
Alex Mark SOS 14 35:00
16.
Peter Doucet Toronto Inline 26 35:23
17.
John Ristine Canariam - 37:29
18.
Oliver Martinez Empire Speed 30 38:28.579
19.
Francisco Ramirez Canariam - 38:28.638
20.
Eric Gee Toronto Inline 31 40:05
21.
Seung Hoon Shin Empire Speed 29 52:51
DNF
Amrit Singh - 33 24 laps
DNF
Juan Gomez Canariam 23 24 laps
DNF
Terry Swanson UTV 16 24 laps
DNF
Jason Pressley SOS 19 13 laps

The pro womens field had a few new faces and teams including Mogema, Canarium, K2/Empire, Bont. The race came down to a final sprint and K2/Empires Helen Havam emerged victorious over a very strong Mogema skater Skylar McCormick and the surprise of the day- Bont's Annie Peck. Annie got on the podium in her first pro race after racing a 10K earlier in the day. She was the darling of the crowd as she beat Kristen St. Nicholas and Ashley Camper of UTV who rounded out the top 5.

PRO ELITE WOMEN - 21K (25 laps)
Place
Name
Team Affiliation
Age
Time
1.
Helen Havam Empire/K2 28 41:16
2.
Skylar McCormick UTV 13 41:17
3.
Annie Peck Bont - 41:18
4.
Kristen St. Nicholas LC Speed 21 41:19
5.
Ashley Camper UTV 17 41:22
6.
Marcia Woodfield Empire Speed 34 41:26
7.
Chelsea Creveling Frenchtown Speed 19 43:09
8.
Roben Frezier UTV 23 44:39
9.
Gillian Clarke Toronto Inline 44 51:59
DNF
Sigrid Ziegler Toronto Inline 21 18 laps
DNF
Carolyn Gullo Toronto Inline 25 16 laps

The Sprints: In the pro men's 1500 meter sprint K2/Empire's Junior World Champion Gold medalist Chris Creveling made it a double dip by taking top honors once again followed by Canarium's John Ristine and K2/Empire's Eddie Wilcox.  The pro women's sprint was also won again by K2/Empires Helen Havam and followed by Mogema's Skylar McCormick and Bont's Annie Peck.

PRO MASTER MEN - 15K (19 laps)
Place
Name
Team Affiliation
Age
Time
1.
Jim Bourgeois E.C. Beast 43 29:23.108
2.
Max Ivenitsky Empire Speed 42 29:23.385
3.
Kevin Larson E.C. Beast 46 29:23.865
4.
Dennis Humphrey - 48 29:24.576
5.
Glenn Corso Empire Speed 41 29:24.880
6.
Herb Gayle Toronto Inline 43 29:25.556
7.
Morgan Williams Toronto Inline 41 29:26
8.
Mark Waiter Drive Sports 42 29:28
9.
Kelly Springer - - 29:43
10.
Jesse Flores Empire Speed 35 31:26
11.
Anthony Lee Capital Racing 37 31:40
12.
Miguel Jordan Pyro 44 34:07
DNF
Robert Piedra Empire Speed 44 -
DNF
Alan Marlosson - 53 -

PRO MASTER WOMEN - 15K (19 laps)
Place
Name
Team Affiliation
Age
Time
1.
Naomi Schecter Empire Speed 37 -
2.
Lisa Cervantes LC Speed 38 -

- Doug Fessenden


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