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Beckner, Zickovich Earn Overall Wins at USA Triathlon Winter Nationals
Montana’s Powderhound Winter Triathlon hosted Nationals for second straight year
BUTTE, Mont. — Landen Beckner and Julie Zickovich raced to convincing victories at Sunday’s USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championships at the Powderhound Winter Triathlon at Homestake Lodge.
Each competitor completed a 5-kilometer run, 10-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer Nordic ski — all on snow.
After finishing third at last year’s Winter Nationals, also at Homestake Lodge, Beckner (Helena, Mont.) took advantage of four inches of fresh snow Sunday to top the podium this time around in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 50 seconds. Zickovich (Bozeman, Mont.) improved on her fourth-place finish from 2012 with a time of 1:29:57, well in front of her closest female competitor.
Joining Beckner on the men’s overall podium was Matthew Sheeks, who was second in 1:07:38, and Adam Wirth, who took third in 1:09:01.
Petra Davis placed second on the women’s side in 1:58:38, while Aimee Chelbnik finished third in 2:10:08.
Sunday’s Winter Nationals marked the beginning of the 2013 USA Triathlon National Championship slate, which includes 13 events of varying distances and disciplines. Visit usatriathlon.org for a full schedule.
2013 USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championships - Complete Results
Powderhound Winter Triathlon: 5k run, 10k mountain bike, 5k Nordic ski
Male Overall Podium Finishers
1. Landen Beckner, 1:02:50
2. Matthew Sheeks, 1:07:38
3. Adam Wirth, 1:09:01
Female Overall Podium Finishers
1. Julie Zickovich, 1:29:57
2. Petra Davis, 1:58:38
3. Aimee Chelbnik, 2:10:08
Age Group Winners
Male 15-19: Allen Scott, 1:16:52
Male 20-24: Steven Vargo, 1:22:15
Male 25-29: David Hoffman, 1:12:42
Female 25-29: Jacquie Spoon, 2:13:43
Male 30-34: Chris Ganter, 1:11:14
Male 35-39: Tory Kendrick, 1:22:37
Male 40-44: Matt Seeley, 1:10:08
Male 45-49: Scott Desena, 1:55:15
Female 45-49: Debra Lewis, 2:10:36
Male 50-54: Brent Peacock, 1:14:11
Female 50-54: Jennifer Murffit, 2:35:01
Male 55-59: Dennis Brinson, 1:18:50
Male 60-plus: John Pierce, 2:13:58
Female 60-plus: Susan Nakus, 3:04:04
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 500,000 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, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).