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Etherton, Sloan Post Top Finishes at Off-Road Triathlon Nationals

21 age-group athletes won national titles on Sept. 15


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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas—Twenty-one multisport athletes earned national titles and spots on Team USA on Sunday at the 2013 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships, held at the C Me Dirty Off-Road Triathlon at Joe Pool Lake in Loyd Park.

Melanie Etherton (Austin, Texas) was the top female finisher on the 600-meter swim, 14-mile mountain bike, 5-kilometer trail run course with a time of 1 hour, 25 minutes, 58 seconds, also winning the 35-39 division. Up-and-coming triathlete Jocelyn Vides (Reno, Nev.) was second overall in 1:26:31 en route to victory in the 15-19 age group, and May-Li Cuypers (Largo, Fla.) was third overall and first in the 45-49 age group.

With the fastest time of the day, Chuck Sloan (Tulsa, Okla.) picked up the men’s overall title and the 35-39 age-group title in 1:13:09. Charles Karstrom (Solona Beach, Calif.) won the 25-29 age group and finished second overall in 1:15:39, and Grayson Keppler (Allen, Texas), also of the 25-29 age group, finished third in 1:18:21

In addition to chasing national titles, athletes also earned spots on Team USA for the 2014 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in Zittau, Germany, scheduled for Aug. 15-16, 2014. The top 18 finishers in each age group, rolling down to 25th place, qualified for a Team USA berth. Team USA is comprised of amateur athletes who represent the United States at each ITU World Championship event. Click here for more on Team USA.

2013 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships, Grand Prairie, Texas 
600m swim, 14-mile bike, 5k run – Click here for complete results
Age Group National Champions

Overall Female: Melanie Etherton (Austin, Texas) 1:25:58
Overall Male: Chuck Sloan (Tulsa, Okla.), 1:13:09
F15-19: Jocelyn Vides (Reno, Nev.), 1:26:31
M15-19: Daniel Farrell (Longview, Texas), 1:27:16
F20-24: Isabel Regalado (El Paso, Texas), 2:13:39
M20-24: Dillon Shaffer (Lawton, Okla.), 1:24:37
F25-29: Jennifer Higgins (Fort Collins, Colo.), 1:46:46
M25-29: Charles Karstrom (Solana Beach, Calif.), 1:15:39
F30-34: Jessica Scott (Webster, Texas), 1:36:15
M30-34: Eric Deller (Gladewater, Texas), 1:23:44
F35-39: Melanie Etherton (Austin, Texas) 1:25:58
M35-39: Chuck Sloan (Tulsa, Okla.), 1:13:09
F40-44: Shellene Foster (Wylie, Texas), 2:03:25
M40-44: Marcus Barton (Waxhaw, N.C.), 1:21:05
F45-49: May-Li Cuypers (Largo, Fla.), 1:30:17
M45-49: Charles Dixon (Beaumont, Texas), 1:22:58
F50-54: Karen Robertson (Grapevine, Texas), 1:41:08
M50-54: Sean Thompson (Grapevine, Texas), 1:24:22
F55-59: Lisa Clines (Carrollton, Texas), 1:51:15
M55-59: Patrick Stephens (Longview, Texas), 1:27:57
F60-64: Linda Usher (Upton, Mass.), 1:56:46
M60-64: Michael Orendorff (Pueblo, Colo.), 1:27:30
F65-69: Charlotte Mahan (Lenoir City, Tenn.), 2:10:28

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