Shani Davis, Jilleanne Rookard win
KEARNS, Utah -- Speedskaters Shani Davis and Jilleanne Rookard dominated the first day of allround competition Thursday at the U.S. national championships at the Utah Olympic Oval.
Davis won the 500 meters in 35.30 seconds and the 5,000 meters in 6 minutes, 25.03 seconds.
"Good races today," Davis said. "I hope I can continue to make the progress needed to be strongest at world championships."
Rookard won the 500 in a personal-record 39.60 and the 3,000 in 4:16.86.
"It's Day 3 at altitude for me," Rookard said. "The ice is good; oxygen not so good."
Allison Baver, who only started competing in long track 10 days ago, was third in the 3,000 in 4:25.85. Baver, who won a bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as a short-track speedskater, finished seventh in the 500 in 42.86.
"Compared to [short track], the pressure in [long track] is a lot more constant during the race," Baver said. "I felt good, but my legs were so tight after the race I could barely move."
Brian Hansen was second in the 500 (36.17) and Trevor Marsicano third (36.33). Marsicano was also third in the 5,000 (6:27.46) behind Jonathan Kuck (6:26.94).
The allround competition continues Friday with the men's 1,500 and 10,000 races and women's 5,000. More races are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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