High Point’s Richardson takes World Cup title at 1,000 meters
High Point’s Heather Richardson finished third in a World Cup 1,000-meter race on Sunday and in the process, wrapped up the season championship at that distance.
Richardson’s fiance, Olympic speedskating 10,000-meter champion Jorrit Bergsma, won the final World Cup 5,000 race of the season Sunday to seal the title in the combined long-distance rankings.
Bergsma finished in 6 minutes, 13.80 seconds, more than five seconds ahead of second placed Jan Blokhuijsen, his Netherlands teammate who won silver in Sochi, where Bergsma took bronze in a Dutch sweep led by Sven Kramer.
Aleksandr Rumyantsev of Russia was third Sunday at the Thialf oval.
Kramer, who won the first three races of the World Cup season, ended his season after the Sochi Games.
The World Cup long distance title is contested over five 5,000 races and one 10,000 meters.
Ireen Wust of the Netherlands won the 1,000, leading a Dutch sweep with Margot Boer second and Lotte van Beek third.
At the end of a tough year for U.S. speedskaters, Richardson finally provided something to smile about by taking the season title ahead of fellow American Brittany Bowe. Olga Fatkulina of Russia was third.
Fatkulina earlier won her second 500-meter race of the weekend to take the World Cup title. Jenny Wolf of Germany - who announced her retirement on Friday, was second and Richardson third.
Richardson ended the season second at 500 meters and Wolf third.
Jan Smeekens won the second men’s 500 race of the weekend from twins Ronald and Michel Mulder, who finished second and third respectively.
Ronald Mulder finished first in the season rankings, ahead of his brother and Olympic champion, Michel. Smeekens’ victory secured third place in the standings.
The Olympic champion Dutch women won the team pursuit from Poland and third-place Japan. The Netherlands was unbeaten in the season’s four pursuit races.
WESTCHESTER BOYS WIN DISTANCE MEDLEY RELAY
GREENSBORO — Westchester Country Day School’s boys won the distance medley relay in 11:37 at the Southeast Guilford Invitational with 18 public schools Saturday.
The Wildcats relay team consisted of Ryeong Choi, Cameron White, Jack Argo, Abraham Hernandez. The same quartet placed second in the 3,200 relay in 8:41. Westchester’s Michael Anderson threw the discus 83’5’ to qualify for states, while the Wildcats’ Sam Argo qualified for states in three events (long jump, 17’2, triple jump 37”4, 110 high hurdles 16.84).
N.C. CENTRAL SAVORS MEAC CROWN
NORFOLK, Va. — Jeremy Ingram scored 29 points and N.C. Central used an 8-1 run to get some separation and held on to beat Morgan State 71-62 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship late Saturday night.
Karamo Jawara added 10 points for the Eagles (28-5), who won their 20th consecutive game and claimed the league’s automatic NCAA tournament berth in only their third season at the Division I level.
Ian Chiles scored 26 to lead Morgan State (15-16), appearing in the championship for the sixth time in eight seasons under coach Todd Bozeman and seeking its fourth championship.
BERTUCCIO CLOSES DEAL AT SOUTHERN NATIONAL
KENLY — J.R. Bertuccio earned his first trip to Victory Lane the hard way.
The 32-year-old from Centerrach, N.Y., had to hold off four-time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour champion George Brunnhoelzl III on a green-white-checkered finish to win Saturday’s Southern National 150.
The win came in Bertuccio’s 28th career start. He had three previous top fives with his best finish coming at Caraway Speedway with a third-place run in the 2014 season opener. Kyle Ebersole also managed to slip past Brunnhoelzl on the late race restart to take second. Followed Brunnhoelzl across the line were Andy Seuss and Burt Myers. Luke Fleming finished sixth, followed by Gary Putnam, rookies Joe Ryan Osborne and Spencer Davis, and Bryan Dauzat.