Dunne and Trunzo Complete Comebacks in Mont du Lac
SUPERIOR, WI (USA). Mont du Lac saw some familiar faces atop the podium after an exciting race weekend at the third stop of the season on the ATSX Ice Cross World Championship tour. USA athletes swept the podium winners in all three categories as Maxwell Dunne and Amanda Trunzo took home the gold in the Men’s and Women’s division, while Jack Beatson took the medal for the Juniors. The Mont du Lac track has been a staple on the Ice Cross world tour, known for its technical features and fast paced ice. This year’s track claimed more than one victim, including Matt Johnson (USA), who was injured in a practice session on the track and placed second at the event last season.
In the Men’s category, Dunne remained on top, repeating his prior year’s performance by capturing another win at Mont du Lac. The race was tight from the beginning and came down to a photo finish against fellow American, Brittan Morris. Morris led the race until the end when Dunne was able to extend his blade across the finish line just barely before a sliding Morris. Following closely behind were Maxime Nadeau (CAN) and Matt Kawahara (USA), making for an exciting men’s final. Rounding out the top eight for the men’s category were: 5th Kale Johnstone (USA), 6th Michael Romano (CAN), 7th Andrew Swanson (USA) and 8th Lorenzo Callegari (ITA).
In the women’s category, Amanda Trunzo completed the comeback story of women’s Ice Cross history, taking home first place in her first race since suffering major injuries in a training accident just over a year ago. A few of her injuries included a broken back, broken ribs, and punctured lungs. Trunzo completed her comeback to Ice Cross by defeating last year’s winner, Tam Meuwissen (USA) in another tight knit race. Following closely behind were Jordan Sewczak (USA), who repeated her third-place podium finish from last year, and veteran racer Junko Yamamoto (JAP). Rounding out the top eight for the women were: 5th Emma Mundahl (USA), 6th Michelle Mulder (CAN), 7th Michelle Slark (USA), and 8th Suzanne Driscoll (USA).
The Juniors saw a new winner to the division in Jack Beatson. Beatson is no stranger to the podium as he claimed second place in Mont du Lac last year. Two new athletes were added to the Juniors podium as Wyatt Francoeur (USA) took second and Matthew Penttila (USA) placed third in the battle. Rounding out the Juniors category were: 4th Brandon Roldan (USA), 5th Jordan Sewczak (USA), and 6th Benjamin Blazevic-Seibert (USA).
The next stop on the ATSX Ice Cross World Championship tour is February 4th in Sainte-Angèle-de-Mérici, QC, Canada.
OFFICIAL PODIUM RESULTS
MEN: 1st Maxwell Dunne (USA), 2nd Brittan Morris (USA), 3rd Maxime Nadeau (CAN)
WOMEN: 1st Amanda Trunzo (USA), 2nd Tam Meuwissen (USA), 3rd Jordan Sewczak (USA)
JUNIORS: 1st Jack Beatson (USA), 2nd Wyatt Francoeur (USA), 3rd Matthew Penttila (USA)