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The podium finishers for the Junior Elite girls division at the Flatlands Junior Elite Cup in West Des Moines, Iowa.

USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: July 15


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New York City Triathlon
In what is a notoriously fast down-stream swim at the New York City Triathlon, Kyle Leto (Boulder, Colo.) exited the water first, leading a large pack consisting of cycling guru Jordan Jones (Golden, Colo.). Jones blew the race apart with the top bike split of the day and ran his way into first with a time of 1:49:05. Leto was able to hold off his charging competitors to take second place in 1:50:55. Dan McIntosh (Westminster, Colo.) ran the second fastest run split of the day to take the final spot on the podium (1:52:13).

Jenna Parker (Santa Monica, Calif.) took home a decisive win after exiting the water with Rebeccah Wassner (New Paltz, N.Y.) and Laurel Wassner (New York, N.Y.) nearly two minutes ahead of the rest of the field. Parker rode the second fastest bike split of the day into first place and lengthened her lead from there, finishing in 2:01:50. Amy Bevilacqua (Wilton, Conn.) made up for her slower swim with the strongest bike split in her field and ran into second place (2:03:49). Julie Patterson (Richmond, Va.) squeaked past Rebeccah Wassner on the run to take third place in 2:07:31.

Several of the nation’s top paratriathletes also competed on the New York City stage. The results by category are:

Female TRI-1: Diana Helt (Chicago, Ill.), 3:43:59
Male TRI-1: Andre Kajilich (Seattle, Wash.), 2:18:00
Female TRI-2: Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.), 3:02:44
Male TRI-2: Mohamed Lahna (MAR), 2:33:33
Female TRI-3: Jill Walsh (Jamesville, N.Y.), 3:16:45
Male TRI-3: Sean Vangerena (Orlando, Fla.), 2:25:41
Female TRI-4: Robin Caruso (Ridgefield, Conn.), 2:56:58
Male TRI-4: Yannick Bourseaux (FRA) 2:00:47
Female TRI-5: Patty Collins (Alexandria, Va.), 2:53:17
Male TRI-5: JP Theberge (Elfin Forest, Calif.), 2:23:48
Female TRI-6A: Patricia Walsh (Austin, Texas), 2:29:15
Male TRI-6A: Eddie Montanez (Hoboken, N.J.), 2:53:52
Female TRI-6B: Leona Emberson (CAN), 2:54:07
Male TRI-6B: Aaron Scheidies (Seattle, Wash.), 2:05:00 

Photo: Jeff Kapic
Ironman 70.3 Vineman
U.S elites dominated the women’s field at the popular Ironman 70.3 Vineman in Sonoma County, Calif, where Meredith Kessler (San Francisco, Calif.) defended her 2012 title. She exited the water first and saw no one in front of her for the rest of the day, finishing in 4:13:18. Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.) came onto the run just 45 seconds behind Kessler but couldn’t run her down, ultimately finishing second with a time of 4:15:09. Amy Marsh (Austin, Texas) ran through Emma-Kate Lidbury of Great Britain to take third place (4:19:45).

Bevan Docherty of New Zealand won the men’s race by nearly two minutes with a time of 3:45:10. 

Flatland Junior Elite and Youth Elite Cups
Up-and-coming triathletes took the stage at the USA Triathlon Flatland Junior Elite and Youth Elite Cups on Sunday in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Hunter Honeycutt (Tifton, Ga.) took first in the Junior Elite boys division with a time of 1:00:09 on the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course. Coming in just four seconds behind Honeycutt with the fastest run split of the day was Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.) at 1:00:13. Rounding out the podium in third, Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) finished with a time 1:00:22. 

In the Junior Elite girls division, Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) reignited her promising performance at the Pan American Championships two weeks ago, coming in first with a time of 1:04:24. Hannah Rae Finchamp (Altadena, Calif.) came in nearly two minutes behind Gorman (1:06:36) with Malia Ellington (Cornelius, N.C.) running her way into third in 1:07:07.

For the Youth Elite boys, Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.) finished the 375m swim, 10k bike, 2.5k run first, after exiting the water with second-place finisher Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga.). Hindman pulled away on the bike and held his lead through the run finishing in 31:21 with Smith behind with a time of 31:58. Benjamin Dingman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) posted the fastest run split of the day to run into third place (32:14).

Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) was first to exit the water for the Youth Elite girls, and she held onto her lead through the next two legs of the race to finish first in 34:00. Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.) matched Knibbs run split but was unable to reel her in. Spearing finished second with a time of 34:51. Gina Johnson (Park Ridge, Ill.) posted solid swim and bike splits to hold onto third place, finishing in 35:13.

Life Time Tri Minneapolis
Severe weather cut the course short on Saturday at the Life Time Tri Minneapolis. Cameron Dye (Boulder, Colo.) took advantage of the changes to pull away on the bike leg and run his way to first in the men’s field in a time of 1:03:12. Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.), last year’s Lifetime Minneapolis winner, ran out of road to reel Dye in, ultimately finishing in 1:03:31. Stuart Hayes of Great Britain nearly matched Kemper’s run to third in a time of 1:03:48.

The women’s field was also plagued by severe weather and delays. Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.) posted a significantly stronger bike split than her competitors to secure her victory in 1:10:14. Lauren Goss (Clermont, Fla.) had the fastest run split of the day but was unable to catch Kaye, finishing in second with a time of 1:12:56. Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf completed the podium in third, finishing in 1:13:25.

Boulder Peak Triathlon
Tim O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) picked up the win in his own city at Sunday’s Boulder Peak Triathlon. O’Donnell blasted his way through the 42-kilometer bike course to move his way into the lead, taking the tape in 1:48:48. Australians James Seear and Josh Amberger took second and third, logging times of 1:50:06 and 1:50:43, respectively.

2012 Olympic silver medalist Lisa Norden of Sweden captured the win on the women’s side, posting a time of 1:59:30 and besting the field by more than three minutes. New Zealand’s Nicky Samuels was second in 2:02:37, while Lauren Goss, who had finished second the day before in Minneapolis, took third in 2:04:02.

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