Arndt and Edmunds Win Norton Masters Titles
Park City, Utah – Jesse Arndt and Jay Edmunds won their respective categories in today’s Norton Masters National Championships held on the 2002 Olympic Track in Park City.
After a week of abnormally warm temperatures in the low 60’s F, race day dawned with weather only slightly more appropriate for a luge competition. As the first slider left the start handles, temperatures hovered in the mid-30’s and rose quickly throughout the day thanks to clear, sunny skies.
“The track crew did an awesome job of holding the track together,” said Arndt, of Park City, winner in the age 35-59 age group. “All things considered, the track was very fast this morning.”
Arndt’s daughter Brittney was in Lake Placid, N.Y while her father was competing. The younger Arndt, a member of the Junior National luge team, was unable to defend her Norton Junior National Championship title, as she is resting an injured knee.
In a two heat race, Arndt took his title in one minute, 26.320 seconds, with Jim Murphy of Amherst, N.H. taking silver in 1:27.578. Florida’s Bruce Norman took third place in 1:27.961.
In the mixed/men’s age 60+ category, Jay Edmunds of Park City won with a time of 1:28.876. Second place went to Lin Hancock of River Forrest, Ill. in 1:28.955. just .079 off the winner. Park City’s Stuart Goldfarb took bronze in 1:30.444.
For more information on the Fastest Sport on Ice®, log on to www.usaluge.org