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Winner of Somerville Sprints Hits 50 MPH at Finish Line

Sprinters hit speeds of 40 miles per hour as they crossed the finish line. Credits: Rod Hirsch
A young sprinter crosses the finish line; her bike was the only one with training wheels. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Heads down, cyclists dig in as they sprint down West Main Street in Somerville. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Cyclists attend a briefing prior to the start of the eliminations. Credits: Rod Hirsch
Shove off - sprinters get some help at the start of their heat. Credits: Rod Hirsch
A young sprinter discusses strategy with his mom. Credits: Rod Hirsch
A determined sprinter breaks away from the pack. Credits: Rod Hirsch
National track champion and men’s Somerville Sprints winner James Mellen, center, is flanked by second place finisher Ian Buss, left, and Ian Whaley, who finished third. Credits: Ron Czajkowski
Sophia Shuhay, center, claims first place honors at the women’s Somerville Sprints races while Eva Burke, left, and Elspeth Huyett finished second and third respectively. Credits: Ron Czajkowski
A sprint racer checks in with race announcer Joe Saling Credits: Rod Hirsch
Young sprinters at the starting line. Credits: Rod Hirsch



SOMERVILLE, NJ – Two Pennsylvania-based track cyclists won first place honors at the men’s and women’s Main Street Sprint races Sunday night, a prelude to tMonday's 75th Tour of Somerville.

James Mellen, the current men’s national sprint champion from Schenecksviile and Sophia Shuhay, a multiple-time junior gold medalist bested more than 40 riders racing in the 200 meter, multiple heat event before a crowd of hundreds that lined Main Street.

Mellen (Sprinter’s Edge Development), a recent 22-year-old Penn State biomedical engineering graduate, reached 50 mph as he crossed the line in his final heat against Ian Buss of Breinigsville, Pa. (Star Track) and Ian Whaley (Doylestown Bike Works) of Monroe, CT.

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Shuhay (Star Track), a 15-year-old high school student, has won multiple national gold medals in her age category and has competed against international track riders, winning races in Canada. Second place in the women’s event went to Eva Burke (Sprinters Edge) of Macungie, Pa. Third Place finisher was Elspeth Huyett (NY6XX Team) of Emmaus, Pa.

Exhibition sprint racers for children were held prior to the elimination event.

Tour of Somerville racing concludes Monday with the 75th edition of the Unity Bank Tour of Somerville, featuring eight races for USA Cycling licensed riders of different skill levels beginning at 10:30 am. The featured multi-lap-event, the 50-mile Kugler-Anderson Memorial for professional and elite-level cyclists is set to roll off at around 3 pm, rain or shine.



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