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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: May 20, 2013
Cameron Dye (Boulder, Colo.) picked up the win at the 30th Columbia Triathlon, held in Columbia, Md., by more than a minute over the rest of the field, thanks to a speedy bike split. Dye logged a time of 1 hour, 51 minutes, 2 seconds on the non-drafting Olympic-distance course, beating out New Zealand’s Bevan Docherty and U.S. teammate Andrew Yoder (Columbia, Pa.) for the top spot on the podium.
Meredith Kessler (San Francisco, Calif.) was the top American finisher on the women’s side, finishing second in 2:04:04. Complete results are available here.
Changed to a 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run duathlon following inclement weather, Jordan Jones (Golden, Colo.) and Lauren Goss (Clermont, Fla.) were victorious over the weekend at Kansas 5150 in Lawrence, Kan.
Jones topped the podium with a time of 1:31:19, nearly two minutes clear of the rest of the field. Goss had the fastest run of the day on the women’s side, which led her to finish in 1:42:47, a minute-plus ahead of Andrea Steyn of South Africa.
Ironman 70.3 Florida
Mary Beth Ellis (Boulder, Colo.), the top American finisher from the 2012 Ironman World Championships in Kona, used a strong bike and run at Ironman 70.3 Florida to come away with the win in 4:14:03. Ellis finished more than five minutes ahead of the next closest competitor, Mandy McLane (Boulder, Colo.), who was second with a time of 4:19:10.
Just two weeks after earning the title of U.S. 70.3 Pro Champion, Kevin Collington (Orlando, Fla.) recorded the second-fastest run split to finish second in 3:47:12.
Rookie elite Jennie Hansen (Rochester, N.Y.) ran a 3:10 marathon en route to a second-place finish at Ironman Texas, the top finish for an American on the course on Saturday. In her third Ironman event, Hansen finished in 9:25:35, ahead of Kimberly Schwabenbauer (Knox, Pa.), who finished in 9:33:01 for third.
On the men’s side, Ian Mikelson (Torrance, Calif.) completed the 140.6-mile course in 8:30:06 to finish third.
XTERRA Southeast Championships
In off-road triathlon action, Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) posted the fastest bike and run splits at the XTERRA Southeast Championships to take the win on Saturday in Pelham, Ala. Middaugh tackled a technical course to finish with a time of 2:17:00. Dan Hugo of South Africa was second in 2:18:44 and Craig Evans (Spring Hill, Tenn.) rounded out the podium with a 2:22:49 finish.
On the women’s side, Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.) was the top American, finishing fourth in 2:42:42.
Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup
Battling a notoriously hilly course, Eric Lagerstrom (Gresham, Ore.) and Lukas Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) started but did not finish the Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup Sunday, due to hot and humid conditions. Russian Artem Parienko was the winner of the men’s race, while Brazilian Pamela Oliveira won the women’s race. No American women were on the start list.
American elites will be in action at the New Orleans Triathlon, part of the 5150 series, on Sunday, May 26, in New Orleans, La., as well as the Life Time Tri CapTex, part of the Life Time Triathlon Series. The Tri CapTex event, which will be held on Monday, May 27, in Austin, Texas, is also host to the 2013 USA Paratriathlon National Championships.