The relay system tests start reaction time, as a gate swings from closed to open to start the clock on the final heat. The newest Olympic event, the team relay, will incorporate the same gate concept in Sochi, Russia, five months from now.
Andersen, of Alpine, Utah, and Espinoza, of Park City, Utah, saw a summer's worth of hard work pay off when they won in 2.846 seconds. The 2013 Junior World Championship bronze medalists edged out World Cup medalists Christian Niccum of Woodinville, Wash., and Jayson Terdiman of Berwick, Pa., who finished in 2.882.
Jake Hyrns of Muskegon, Mich., and Andrew Sherk of Fort Washington, Pa., Junior World Cup podium regulars making the jump to the National Team, were third in 2.931.
Some members of the National Team will head to Lillehammer, Norway, to hit the ice on Sept. 28. Those not making the trip will begin their season in Lake Placid, N.Y., at the Olympic Sports Complex. World Cup team qualification races will begin in Lake Placid on Oct. 12 and continue in Park City on Oct. 20. USALuge.org is expected to provide live coverage of both events.