United States has good start to ISU World Cup

KEARNS, Utah (AP) " Skaters know they're not going to be posting the same times early in the ISU World Cup season as they will later on, but there's the hope of getting off to a good start.

The United States had three men and three women advance to the elimination rounds of the ISU World Cup short track speed skating session Friday.

"Last week I really wanted to be top 16 and it went way better than that," two-time Olympic medalist Katherine Reutter said. "This week I think I can be a little more hopeful. I'd be really happy if I was in the top eight, but I wouldn't be upset if I was in the top 12. ... Anything beyond that is just icing on the cake.

"The season is long. ... The way you race in November may have almost nothing to do with how you race in March. ... I know things can come and go really quickly."

Keith Carroll Jr. moved on to the semifinal in the 1,500 meters (2:13.153) and 1,000 despite being taken out in the 1,000. Carroll Jr., however, fell during the 5,000-meter relay to take the U.S. out of contention. Teammate John-Henry Krueger advanced in both 1,500 divisions.

"Being here at home, I want to have a good showing," Carroll said. "The relay event, I definitely feel like we're one of the faster teams. We can keep up with anyone. It was really disappointing to go down in the first round like that.

"Individually, my No. 1 goal is always try to get through this first day and qualify for the World Cup round. ... Saturday and Sunday will be ultra-competitive. I just want to have a really good showing."

Reutter starred for the women by qualifying in both the 1,000 (1:31.166) and 1,500 (2:25.940).

Kristen Santos also qualified in the 1000, and Ryan Pivirotto and Jessica Kooreman both qualified for the 1,500 semifinals.

China, South Korea, Russia, Kazakhstan and Canada all had strong days on the men's side as they advanced in the 5,000 relay and had all four members of the team move on in at least one other event.

"Today went pretty decent," U.S. men's coach Anthony Barthell said. "Had a couple guys that I thought would make it through the first round, but didn't make it. But it was a good learning experience.

"(The goal was) to try to have as many people in the quarterfinals and semis as possible. Right now we're on track for four. So that's good."

The Chinese and Canadian women both advanced in the 3,000 relay and had each member advance in at least one other event.

This event is the second of six ISU World Cups this season.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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