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Posted: Friday October 5, 2012 1:12PM ; Updated: Friday October 5, 2012 1:12PM

Meyers, Cunningham among push-start winners

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Lolo Jones
Lolo Jones joined hurdling greats Edwin Moses, Renaldo Nehemiah and Roger Kingdom in giving bobsled a try.
Anja Niedringhaus/AP

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Elana Meyers, Nick Cunningham and rookie Aja Evans won titles Friday in the U.S. bobsled push-start championships.

Meyers' combined time of 9.51 seconds topped the women's pilot event, and Cunningham (8.99) took the men's pilot title. Evans (9.65) prevailed in the women's push-athlete competition.

Also competing in the women's push event: Three veterans of U.S. women's Olympic track teams, with Hyleas Fountain fourth (10.01), Tianna Madison tied for fifth (10.04), and Lolo Jones tied for seventh place (10.11).

U.S. coach Todd Hays says he invited Fountain, Madison and Jones to compete so they could "share their Olympics experiences with our athletes and to help boost team morale."

The men's push-athlete competition is Saturday. U.S. bobsled, skeleton and luge athletes start on-ice training in Lake Placid on Oct. 15.

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