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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: March 4

Americans earn wins at Alcatraz, Ironman New Zealand


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Sunday’s Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon saw five Americans earn top-five finishes, including women’s winner Heather Jackson (Carlsbad, Calif.). Jackson overtook Olympian Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.) on the run to earn the victory in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 8 seconds. Groff was second in 2:08:37, while Lauren Goss (Clermont, Fla.) was fifth in 2:25:41.

On the men’s side, Jesse Thomas (Springfield, Ore.) was the top American, placing third in 2:06:40. USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program athlete Jason Pederson (Simi Valley, Calif.) finished fifth in 2:09:32. Olympic silver medalist Javier Gomez of Spain took the men’s title in 2:04:27. 

American Meredith Kessler (San Francisco, Calif.) was victorious for the second straight year at Saturday’s Ironman New Zealand, finishing in 9:17:10. Two-time Olympic Games medalist Bevan Docherty of New Zealand won his ultra-distance debut in a course-record time of 8:15:35. 

Domestic draft-legal action kicks off this weekend with Saturday’s Clermont (Fla.) ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup. The field is strong for an early season race and will include U.S. Olympians Groff and Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.), who is the defending men's champion.

Reigning USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year Lukas Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) is slated to make his return to racing after a serious bike accident ended his 2012 season last July. Click here for a men’s start list and here for a women’s start list.

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