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USA Triathlon Monday Notebook April 2
This past weekend was full of coast-to-coast elite multisport action with U.S. athletes lifting the tape in a number of events.
Saturday’s Ironman 70.3 Oceanside kicked off the weekend’s slate of racing action with Olympian Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) leading wire-to-wire to earn his fourth career win at the event in 3 hours, 54 minutes, 3 seconds. Heather Jackson (Carlsbad, Calif.) finished second on the women’s side to lead the U.S. athletes.
Sunday’s schedule opened with USA Triathlon National Team member and Beijing Olympian Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) winning the Olympic-distance Nautica South Beach Triathlon in 2:00:13 — nearly 3 minutes clear of the field. Ben Collins (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the runner-up on the men’s side in 1:48:40, just over a minute behind winner Javier Gomez of Spain.
The Ironman 70.3 Texas titles went to Timothy O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) and Kelly Williamson (Austin, Texas) on Sunday. O’Donnell outlasted Germany’s Ronnie Schildknecht on the run to finish in 3:47:40. Williamson came off the bike in fourth but ran her way into the lead and crossed in 4:13:27 to earn the victory by more than 5 minutes.
Lance Armstrong led the men into T2 before finishing seventh in 3:54:32 at Ironman 70.3 Texas.
In draft-legal action, 18-year-old William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas) notched a career-best fifth-place finish at the Joao Pessoa ITU Pan American Cup in Brazil on Saturday with a time of 1:58:37.
Last weekend on the ITU circuit, Kevin Collington (Orlando, Fla.) and Barrett Brandon (Fort Worth, Texas) claimed top-five finishes at the Valparaiso ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup. Meanwhile, Margaret Shapiro (Herndon, Va.) placed third and Derek Oskutis (Niceville, Fla.) took sixth at the Ixtapa ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup.