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USA Triathlon Monday Notebook: June 11
Last weekend featured a full slate of domestic triathlon action from coast to coast.
At Sunday’s Olympic-distance Escape from Alcatraz, Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) won his record fifth title in 2 hours, 1 minute, 17 seconds. He was the lone American in the top five on the men’s side, while Jenna Parker (Santa Monica, Calif.) placed third in 2:23:32 to lead three U.S. women in the top five. Visit triathlete.com for a photo gallery.
Sunday also featured a pair of Ironman 70.3s — Eagleman 70.3 in Cambridge, Md., and Ironman 70.3 Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. At Eagleman, Meredith Kessler (San Francisco, Calif.) led wire-to-wire and cruised to the win in 4:12:40. Racing for the second straight weekend, Greg Bennett (Boulder, Colo.) was second to Australia’s Craig Alexander in 3:47:14. Among the age group competitors in what was dubbed Eagleman’s“War at the Shore” were USA Triathlon CEO Rob Urbach and World Triathlon Corporation CEO Andrew Messick.
In Lawrence, Ben Hoffman (Grand Junction, Colo.) placed third in 4:00:44, and Amanda Stevens (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was second in 4:26:37 to lead the American elites in action.
With snow on the bike course at Saturday’s Ironman 70.3 Boise, race organizers had to modify the course to a 1.2-mile swim, a shortened bike of 12-miles and a 13.1-mile run. In a thrilling finish on the men’s side, Matt Reed (Boulder, Colo.) sprinted his way to a tie with New Zealand’s Callum Millward in 2:13:23. Malaika Homo (Ogden, Utah) was the top American on the women’s side, finishing in 2:31:51, two minutes behind Great Britain’s Jodie Swallow. Visit triathlete.com for a photo gallery.
Sunday’s Denver Triathlon served as the second of three events in the 2012 USA Paratriathlon Race Series. Category winners in the sprint-distance race were: Tisa Cawthon (female TRI-4), Allysa Seely (female TRI-5), Patricia Walsh (female TRI-6), William Lister (male TRI-3), Daniel Hathorn (male TRI-4), Paul Martin (male TRI-5) and Brandon Adame (male TRI-6).
In off-road action, Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) was second, and Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.) placed fourth to finish at the top Americans at Saturday’s XTERRA East Championship in Richmond, Va., on Saturday. South Africa’s Conrad Stoltz and Canada’s Melanie McQuaid were victorious.
The ITU circuit resumes this weekend with the Banyoles ITU World Cup in Spain on Sunday. Olympic qualifier Gwen Jorgensen (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Kelly Whitley (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will compete on the women’s side, with Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Tommy Zafares (Soquel, Calif.), Lukas Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Matthew Wisthoff (Wilmington, N.C.) on the men’s start list.
Verzbicas is coming off his first career elite win, while Billington will look to build on a solid 15th-place showing at the ITU World Triathlon San Diego.