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Top American Triathletes in Action at Hy-Vee Elite Cup
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States’ top Olympic-distance triathletes will be in action on their home soil Sunday at the Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Elite Cup in West Des Moines, Iowa. Joining the Americans at Raccoon River Park will be a top international field, which will be gunning for the world’s richest single-day prize purse of $1 million.
The women’s elite race is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Central Sunday, followed by the men’s elite race at 3:30 p.m. A live webcast of all of the weekend’s races will be available at hy-veetriathlon.com, and NBC will air the race on tape-delay on July 4.
Sunday’s elite events cap a full weekend of racing action in West Des Moines. For full coverage, visit the Hy-Vee Triathlon Web site. ITU previews the elite races on triathlon.org.
Top Americans Tackle Hy-Vee
The three Americans ranked in the top 10 of the ITU World Championship Series Rankings will look to build on a successful start to 2010 in West Des Moines. Sarah Haskins is fourth in the women’s rankings thanks to three straight top-10 finishes, while Matt Chrabot and Jarrod Shoemaker are ninth and 10th, respectively, on the men’s side. Chrabot has placed in the top 20 in all three events, and Shoemaker owns back-to-back top 10s. In all, 12 Americans currently ranked in the ITU WCS series rankings are scheduled to race Sunday.
Olympians in the Field
Four members of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team – Laura Bennett, Sarah Haskins, Matt Reed and Jarrod Shoemaker – are scheduled to race at the Hy-Vee Triathlon this weekend.
Hy-Vee Equals Success for Haskins
Olympian Sarah Haskins has finished in the top 10 in each of her three starts at Hy-Vee. Originally from St. Louis, Haskins was fourth in 2007, sixth in 2008 and ninth in 2009. She claimed her spot on the 2008 Olympic squad with her 2008 Hy-Vee performance.
Injury Sidelines Kemper
Three-time Olympian Hunter Kemper will miss Sunday’s Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon Elite Cup due to a pelvic stress fracture that was diagnosed in an MRI Wednesday. Kemper hopes to be back in action later this season for the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup and the ITU World Championship Series Grand Final in Budapest. Mark Fretta, who ranks 51st in the ITU WCS standings, was added to the Hy-Vee field.
Bennett Hopes to Build on Past Success
With her victory at the inaugural Hy-Vee Triathlon in 2007, Olympian Laura Bennett is the only American to earn a win at Hy-Vee. She followed up her victory with a fourth-place finish in 2008 and was 14th a year ago. Laura’s husband, Greg Bennett, who will race under the ITU flag this weekend, was third at Hy-Vee in 2008 and fifth in 2007.
All in the Family
The Shoemaker family will be well represented in West Des Moines, as siblings Jarrod and Jenna will be on the starting line, as will Jarrod’s wife, Alicia Kaye, who started competing for the U.S. this year. All three are currently ranked in the ITU WCS series rankings – Jarrod Shoemaker is 10th, Jenna Shoemaker is 27th and Kaye is 53rd. Jarrod Shoemaker owns a pair of top-10 finishes in Des Moines – fifth in 2009 and eighth in 2007.
Reed Makes 2010 ITU Debut
Olympian Matt Reed will make his 2010 ITU debut this weekend after posting top-three finishes at both Rev3 races (Knoxville, Tenn., and Waterbury, Conn.), the Miami International Triathlon and the Ironman 70.3 California this year.
Kemper Racing to Raise Awareness for Rare Disease
Hunter Kemper, an advocate for the A-T Children’s Project, has created the A-T Cure Team for the Hy-Vee Triathlon to give people an opportunity to race for something greater than themselves and to help raise awareness about ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T). A-T is a fatal genetic disease characterized by progressive loss of muscle control, immune system problems and a strikingly high rate of cancer. For more information about the A-T Cure Team and the A-T Children’s Project visit www.atcp.org.
Iowa Natives in Action
Three Iowa natives will be in action in Sunday’s elite cup, including Des Moines-area products Nathan White and TJ Tollakson. Iowa City’s Rebecca Witinok-Huber also is slated to race.
United States’ Hy-Vee Elite Cup Start List
|#||Name||Hometown||Current ITU WCS Ranking|
||Colorado Springs, Colo.||4|
|17||Jillian Petersen||St. Louis, Mo.||23|
||Los Angeles, Calif.
|25||Mary Beth Ellis
||Los Angeles, Calif.
||Iowa City, Iowa
||Colorado Springs, Colo.||9|
||Redondo Beach, Calif.
||Des Moines, Iowa|
||Des Moines, Iowa|
|TBD||Mark Fretta||Portland, Ore.||51|
Note: Visit http://www.usatriathlon.org/athletes/index for up-to-date bios on U.S. triathletes.
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon and winter triathlon in the United States. USAT sanctions 3,100 races and connects with more than 133,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USAT provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games.