Steve Langton wins fourth title

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Steve Langton won the U.S. men's bobsled push championship Saturday, topping a field of 39 athletes for his fourth national title.

The reigning world push champion -- who helped the U.S. win two- and four-man world titles on the ice last season -- had a two-run time of 8.83 seconds, edging Dallas Robinson (8.85) and Curt Tomasevicz (8.98).

Langton said that in his six seasons in the sport, he's never seen such U.S. depth. "The rest of the world should be so worried," Langton said.

The push championships are part of the process for coaches and pilots to select teams for the season. U.S. bobsled, skeleton and luge athletes are to open on-ice training in Lake Placid on Oct. 15, though that could be moved up if conditions permit.