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Shonny Vanlandingham and Josiah Middaugh were the top American finishers at XTERRA USA on Saturday in Ogden, Utah.
Shonny Vanlandingham and Josiah Middaugh were the top American finishers at XTERRA USA on Saturday in Ogden, Utah.
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Middaugh, Vanlandingham Post Top U.S. XTERRA Finishes

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Ogden, Utah — Conrad Stoltz from South Africa and Melanie McQuaid from Canada won the grueling XTERRA USA Championship off-road triathlon at Snowbasin Resort on Saturday.

Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) and Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.), who finished third in the men’s and women’s races, respectively, were the top American finishers.

Stoltz, a two-time Olympian, completed the 1-mile swim, 19-mile mountain bike ride, and 6.5-mile trail run in 2:24:03, a full 5 minutes in front of last year’s race winner, Nicolas Lebrun from France. With the victory, Stoltz also won the six-stop XTERRA U.S. Pro Series for the eighth time since 2001, and took home $12,500 in prize money.

“I’m really, really surprised with my performance today,” said Stoltz.  “I’ve said before that this is the anti-Conrad course because there are 3,000-feet of climbing and not a whole lot of descending, and because I’m 180 pounds it is especially challenging for me, but my legs felt amazing.”

Stoltz’s 5-minute margin of victory was by far the most dominating performance in the history of the XTERRA USA Championship race, and his prowess on the mountain bike turned it into a race for second place early on.

The real race was behind Stoltz, with the difference between second and fifth place decided by just 61 seconds. 

Despite coming out of the water more than 2 minutes behind Stoltz, Lebrun and Josiah Middaugh worked their way through the field toward the front with Lebrun coming into T2 in second place, followed by another South African, Dan Hugo, Germany’s Felix Schumann, and Middaugh from the U.S.

Lebrun was able to maintain his spot in 2nd, and said that nobody was going to catch Conrad today.

Middaugh, who secured the top American spot in the U.S. Pros Series for the fourth straight year (and sixth time in the past seven years), used the fastest run split to catch Schumann and Hugo by the second mile of the run.

Pro Men Results

  1. Conrad Stoltz, 36, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2:24:03
  2. Nicolas Lebrun, 37, Digne, France, 2:29:02
  3. Josiah Middaugh, 31, Vail, Colo., 2:29:38
  4. Dan Hugo, 25, Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2:29:44
  5. Felix Schumann, 28, Tuebingen, Germany, 2:30:03
  6. Seth Wealing, 31, Boulder, Colo., 2:32:17
  7. Branden Rakita, 30, Manitou Springs, Colo., 2:36:41
  8. Cody Waite, 31, Lakewood, Colo., 2:37:29
  9. Will Kelsay, 28, Boulder, Colo., 2:37:40
  10. Matt Lieto, 32, Bend, Ore., 2:40:47

McQUAID SAVES BEST FOR LAST
Three-time XTERRA World Champ Melanie McQuaid hadn’t won a race in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series all year, until Saturday, perhaps the result of a focused year-long training plan specifically designed to peak for this race and next month’s XTERRA World Championship.

“I feel like I’ve got something brewing,” said McQuaid. “I’ve gotten the ones I wanted – the XTERRA European Championship in Italy, the XTERRA Canada Championship, this one, and now I want Worlds.  I just need to get back to work and see what I got in a month from now.”

If it was anything like what she had today, she’ll be hard to beat.  McQuaid came out of the water in second, one of her best XTERRA swims ever, took the lead early on in the bike by virtue of posting the fastest bike split, and never looked back.  Despite rolling her ankle, which may have resulted in a broken toe, she kept a solid pace on the run and finished 42 seconds ahead of the speed-demon Leslie Paterson from Scotland (living in San Diego) who came in second.

Shonny Vanlandingham finished third on the day, but with a big smile as her result secured her first XTERRA U.S. Pro Series title, and the first for an American since Jamie Whitmore in 2007.

Jenny Smith placed fourth in just her third XTERRA this year (she won XTERRA Brazil and was third at the Mountain Championships in July), while Christine Jeffrey posted the fastest swim split and finished in fifth, her best showing in Utah.

Pro Women Results

  1. Melanie McQuaid, 36, Victoria, B.C., Canada, 2:49:57
  2. Lesley Paterson, 29, Sterling, Scotland, 2:51:39
  3. Shonny Vanlandingham, 41, Durango, Colo., 2:53:29
  4. Jenny Smith, 37, Gunnison, Colo., 2:57:23
  5. Christine Jeffrey, 37, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2:58:00
  6. Renata Bucher, 32, Lucerne, Switzerland, 2:58:39
  7. Sara Tarkington, 29, Boulder, Colo., 2:58:39
  8. Emma Garrard, 28, Truckee, Calif., 3:02:02
  9. Suzie Snyder, 28, Stafford, Vt., 3:02:37
  10. Carina Wasle, 26, Kundl, Austria, 3:02:59

MICHALAK, NOYOLA WIN XTERRA OVERALL AMATEUR CROWNS
More than 300 qualified athletes representing 40 states were in Ogden and up at Snowbasin Resort today for their shot at the national championship of off-road triathlon.  Jason Michalak, 32, from Lakewood, Colo., defended his title, while Jessica Noyola, 28, from San Diego, Calif., stole the women’s crown from defending champion Jamie Brede (who placed second overall amateur and won the 30-34 division).

Of note, 71-year-old Hans Dieben won his seventh XTERRA amateur crown, this time in the 70+ division, while Cindi Toepel won her sixth title. Other repeat champs include Beverly Enslow with five, David Rakita (Branden’s dad) with four, Caroline Colonna with three, and Michalak, Brede, Jeroen Keukenkamp, Dave Cloninger, Kevin Shelden, and Linda Usher with two each.

Here’s a look at the 2010 class of XTERRA age group National Champions:

Men

Division

Name

Time

Hometown

15-19

(2) Jeroen Keukenkamp

3:01:15

El Dorado Hills, Calif.

20-24

Patrick Valentine

2:47:01

Colorado Springs, Colo.

25-29 

John Klish

2:51:46

Eagle, Colo.

30-34

(2) Jason Michalak

2:40:20

Lakewood, Colo.

35-39 

Henry Reed

2:57:03

Avon, Colo.

40-44 

(2) Dave Cloninger

2:50:36

Bend, Ore.

45-49 

(2) Kevin Shelden

2:56:41

Breckenridge, Colo.

50-54

Andrew Fox

2:59:41

Evergreen, Colo.

55-59

Dawes Wilson

3:15:16

Vail, Colo.

60-64

(4) David Rakita

3:30:39

Durango, Colo.

65-59

Richard Suggs

4:39:03

Nacogdoches, Texas

70+

(7) Hans Dieben

5:11:29

Chula Vista, Calif.

Challenged

Michael Stone

3:56:02

Boulder, Colo.

Women

Division

Name

Time

Hometown

15-19 

Shayna Powless

3:22:53

Roseville, Calif.

20-24 

Danielle Kehoe

3:20:33

Arvada, Colo.

25-29 

Jessica Noyola

3:06:29

San Diego, Calif.

30-34 

(2) Jaime Brede

3:08:45

Breckenridge, Colo.

35-39 

Tamara Donelson

3:28:57

Edwards, Colo.

40-44 

Karen Oppenheimer

3:37:34

Bend, Ore.

45-49 

(3) Caroline Colonna

3:20:22

Taos, N.M.

50-54 

(5) Beverly Enslow

3:19:31

Metamora, Ill.

55-59

(6) Cindi Toepel

3:55:08

Littleton, Colo.

60+

(2) Linda Usher

5:07:00

West Upton, Mass.

 

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