Clukey wins record 8th USA Luge start championship

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) Julia Clukey won her record eighth USA Luge women's national start championship Friday night.

Clukey edged Summer Britcher in the two-run event at the team's indoor training facility. Clukey's time was 3.051 seconds, beating Britcher (3.072) and Olympic bronze medalist Erin Hamlin (3.123).

Tucker West - a World Cup race winner last season - took the men's race in 2.794 seconds, easily topping Aidan Kelly and Johnny Gustafson for his fourth title.

''Excited to get back to racing, excited for the season,'' West said.

In the doubles event, Justin Krewson and Andrew Sherk prevailed over Jake Hyrns and Anthony Espinoza. They were the only two sleds in the race, because the top U.S. doubles team of Matt Mortensen and Jayson Terdiman did not race because of Mortensen's U.S. Army duties.

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