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Sarah Haskins won her third straight Life Time Fitness Triathlon.
Sarah Haskins won her third straight Life Time Fitness Triathlon.
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USA Triathlon Monday Notebook

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This past weekend was one of the busiest on the 2011 elite calendar with U.S. athletes experiencing success across a number of distances and race styles.

Three-time U.S. Olympian and USA Triathlon National Team member Hunter Kemper earned his third ITU World Cup podium finish of the season Sunday by taking the bronze in Edmonton. Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.) logged a time of 1 hour, 46 minutes, 54 seconds in the Olympic-distance event to finish just seven seconds off the pace of New Zealand’s Bevan Docherty, who took the win in 1:46:47.

Canadians Sarah-Anne Brault and Matthew Sharpe edged American runners-up Kaitlin Shiver and Ethan Brown to top the podium Saturday at the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island, the third of five events in the 2011 USA Triathlon Elite Race Series. 

Brault posted a time of 2:07:51 in the women’s Olympic-distance event to best Shiver (Satellite Beach, Fla.), who finished in 2:08:06, by 15 seconds. Julie Ertel, a 2008 U.S. Olympian and a sixth-place finisher at this event a year ago, closed out the podium in 2:10:38.

At Saturday’s Life Time Fitness Triathlon in Minneapolis, National Team member Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and 2008 Olympian Matt Reed (Boulder, Colo.) were repeat winners in 1:59:57 and 1:50:09, respectively. Both Reed and Haskins won the event for the third consecutive year.

Reed and Greg Bennett (Boulder, Colo.) pulled a double this weekend by racing in Minneapolis on Saturday and on their home turf at the Olympic-distance Boulder Peak Triathlon on Sunday. Bennett finished third in both events, while Timothy O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) won his third straight Boulder Peak in 1:51:52. Reed was sixth in Boulder following his win in Minneapolis. 

Reed’s double was profiled Friday in the Boulder Daily Camera. 

Ben Hoffman (Durango, Colo.) was victorious at Saturday’s Ironman 70.3 Muncie (Ind.), while Kelly Williamson (Austin, Texas) took second in the women’s race. Additionally, David Kahn (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) was the winner of Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island.

Massachusetts native Jarrod Shoemaker (Maynard, Mass.) competed in Sunday’s Marlborough Triathlon, opting to tackle the swim leg on a relay. Shoemaker took things easy with next weekend’s ITU World Championship Series stop in Hamburg, Germany, on the horizon.

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