Jordan Stolz Wins Five Times And Sets Junior World Record At Fall World Cup Qualifier
by Paul D. Bowker
Stolz won every race he entered except one, a fourth-place finish at 5000m, and set two Junior U.S. Records in addition to his Junior World Record in the men’s 1000m race Saturday.
Mia Manganello Kilburg, a two-time Olympian, had four victories and Kimi Goetz, a 2022 Olympian and a Bronze medalist in the Women’s 1000m at the World Cup Final, had three victories.
Two-time Olympic Bronze medalist Brittany Bowe finished runner-up to Olympic Champion Erin Jackson in the Women’s 500m with an early season-best time of 38.05 seconds. Bowe had posted wins at 500m and 1000m at the Desert Classic on the same ice sheet in September.
Stolz, who won three races at the Desert Classic, began his memorable weekend with a win in the Men’s 500m with a time of 34.48 seconds, beating Cooper McLeod and Austin Kleba. Stolz added wins in the 1000m, 1500m and both Mass Start races. His time of 1:06.47 in the 1000m set a Junior World Record, and his time of 1:43.16 in the 1500m set a U.S. Junior Record.
Ethan Cepuran, a 2022 Olympic Bronze medalist, had five podium finishes, including a win in the 5000m with a time of 6:18.65. He finished runner-up to Stolz in both Mass Starts and to Casey Dawson in the 10000m, and was third in the 1500m.
Dawson, a distance specialist and 2022 Olympian, finished second to Cepuran in the 5000m.
McLeod’s three podium finishes included a win in Friday’s 500m with a time of 35.07 seconds after finishing second to Stolz in Thursday’s 500m with a time of 35.13 seconds. He also finished second to Stolz in the 1000m.
Three-time Olympian Emery Lehman had a second-place finish in the 1500m, and a pair of third-place finishes in the 5000m and Mass Start.
Others with podium finishes included Kleba, who had second- and third-place spots in the 500m; Conor McDermott-Mostowy, third in the 1000m and Mass Start #1; and Kelin Dunfee, third in the 10000m.
On the women’s side, Goetz posted wins in the 500m, 1500m and 1000m after finishing third to Jackson and Bowe in Thursday’s powerful 500m opener. Goetz won Friday’s 500m with a time of 38.00 seconds, trimming .08 off her Friday time. She also won the 1500m with a time of 1:55.72 and the 1000m with a time of 1:13.69.
After winning the opening 500m with a season-best time of 37.70 seconds, Jackson finished second in the 1000m and fifth in the 1500m with new Personal Best times.
Manganello Kilburg won both Mass Starts Sunday, defeating runner-up Giorgia Birkeland both times, and also finished first in the 3000m with a time of 4:09.06 and first in the 5000m with a time of 7:11.60. She added a second-place finish in the 1500m and a third-place finish in the 1000m.
Greta Myers and Birkeland, a 2022 Olympian, finished second and third, respectively, behind Manganello Kilburg in the 3000m, and Myers added a second-place finish in the 5000m and a third-place finish in the 1500m, setting a new Junior U.S. Record in the latter. Myers went on to set another Junior U.S. Record in the 1000m on Saturday with a time of 1.16.09.
Also posting podium finishes were Rebecca Simmons, third in both the 5000m and one of Sunday’s Mass Starts; McKenzie Browne, second in Friday’s 500m; Sarah Warren, third in Friday’s 500m.
The ISU World Cup season begins Nov. 11-13 in Stavanger, Norway.