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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: July 22

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XTERRA Mountain Championship
The U.S. men swept the podium at Saturday’s XTERRA Mountain Championship, held in Avon, Colo. Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) posted the fastest bike and run times to win the event, his second win on the course in the last three years. The reigning XTERRA USA champion finished in 2 hours, 8 minutes, nearly six minutes ahead of Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who logged a time of 2:13:56. Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo.) took third in 2:14:20 after a flat tire near the end of the bike leg.

In the women’s race, Shonny Vanlandingham (Durango, Colo.) picked up the win for the fourth time in the last five years with a time of 2:29:51. Vanlandingham, 2010 XTERRA World Champion, was trailing by more than four minutes on the swim but made up her ground to finish a solid distance ahead of Danele Kabush of Canada, who was second in 2:31:39. Third place went to Kelley Cullen (New Castle, Colo.), who finished in 2:33:38.

Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens
At this Northeast 70.3 event in Lake Stevens, Wash., Meredith Kessler (San Francisco, Calif.) picked up another win after coming off a victory last week at Vineman. Kessler exited the water first before Melanie McQuaid of Canada closed the gap throughout the bike leg. However, Kessler’s 1:21:24 13.1-mile run was too much for McQuaid to handle and she pulled away to take the victory in 4:18:05 with McQuaid in second (4:23:22). Lauren Barnett (Dallas, Texas) rounded out the podium in third, finishing 4:29:01.

Australian Craig Alexander topped the men’s field with a time of 3:55:53. Matt Lieto (Bend, Ore.) was the top American finisher in fifth.

Ironman 70.3 Racine
Top distance triathletes from around the world competed at Ironman 70.3 Racine in Wisconsin on Sunday. Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.) was the top American finisher, logging a time of 3:48:34 to finish in second behind Denmark’s Martin Jensen (3:47:05). A known powerhouse on the bike, Starykowicz posted the fastest bike split and exited T2 in the top spot before he chased down by Jensen. Russian Ivan Vasiliev was third.

Angela Naeth of Canada took first in the women’s field with a time of 4:15:00. Haley Chura (Atlanta, Ga.) came in fifth and was the top U.S. female finisher in 4:22:24. 

Geneva ITU Triathlon European Cup
At Sunday’s Geneva ITU Triathlon European Cup in Geneva, Switzerland, Johanna Gartman (Chattanooga, Tenn.) was sixth with a time of 2:19:32. Felicity Sheedy-Ryan of Australia was the day’s top finisher, and was joined on the podium by Anne Tabarant and Charlotte Morel, both of France.

In the men’s race, Luke Farkas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the top U.S. finisher in 17th with a time of 2:01:09. Farkas exited the swim in second place, but faded on the run. Aurélien Lebrun of France topped the podium, while Great Britain’s Gordon Benson and Marc Austin finished second and third, respectively.

Both Gartman and Farkas are members of the Elite Triathlon Academy, which is based at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

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