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Hursey Claims Victory at New Plymouth ITU World Cup
2013 USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year has won three of five career World Cup starts
New Plymouth, New Zealand — Katie Hursey led the way for the U.S. team en route to her first victory of 2014 on Sunday at the New Plymouth International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup.
Hursey (Phoenix, Ariz.) who was named USA Triathlon’s 2013 Rookie of the Year for top performances in her inaugural ITU season, broke away from the field on the run to post a top time of 57 minutes, 27 seconds on the sprint-distance course. This was Hursey’s first win of the season and third overall in her five career ITU World Cup starts. She finished second last weekend in Mooloolaba.
In second place was New Zealand’s Andrea Hewitt, who was fifth last weekend in Mooloolaba and finished in 57:38 to earn the silver in her home country. Jodie Stimpson of Great Britain, No. 2 in the 2013 ITU World Triathlon Series rankings, crossed the line in 57:39 for third. 2012 Olympian and USA Triathlon National Team member Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.) opened her 2014 season in seventh with a time of 58:33.
Carolina Routier of Spain pushed the pace early in the day, exiting the water with a 10-second advantage over a large group of athletes, including Hursey, Groff, Great Britain’s Helen Jenkins and Canadian Kirsten Sweetland. By the halfway point on the four-loop 20-kilometer bike course, a group of 13 had formed and was 30 seconds ahead of any chasers. Heading out on the run, Hursey charged ahead of the field, posting the day’s fastest split of 16:26 on the 5k run course to take the tape.
“I knew if I stayed relaxed on the bike — and it felt really good today — that I could run well,” said Hursey, who competed on the track and field team at Syracuse University. “I got off [the bike] and tried to keep a steady pace and it worked. It worked out today, it was a good day.”
Hursey came to the sport of triathlon in 2012 through the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program and plans to race at the ITU World Triathlon Series season opener in Auckland in two weeks.
“Last year was my first draft-legal race and I did San Diego WTS as my third one, and all these girls were the ones I looked up to, the ones I wanted to be like,” Hursey said. “For me to be mixing it in with them now? That’s reaching one of my goals that I had, and only in the second year. I’m really excited about that.”
In the men’s race, Spain’s Mario Mola beat out his countryman Javier Gomez by a three-second margin, with Mola finishing in 52:30 and Gomez following in 52:33. Joao Silva of Portugal was third in 52:56. Jason Pedersen (Simi Valley, Calif.) was the top finisher for the U.S. men, posting a time of 53:41 to finish 18th. Visit triathlon.org for a full recap of the men’s race.
2014 New Plymouth ITU World Cup
(750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run)
Women – Complete Results
1. Katie Hursey (Phoenix, Ariz.), 57:27
2. Andrea Hewitt (NZL), 57:38
3. Jodie Stimpson (GBR), 57:39
7. Sarah Groff (Hanover, N.H.), 58:33
14. Chelsea Burns (Phoenix, Ariz.), 59:16
31. Michelle Mehnert (Boulder, Colo.), 1:01:34
Men – Complete Results
1. Mario Mola (ESP), 52:30
2. Javier Gomez (ESP), 52:33
3. Joao Silva (POR), 52:56
18. Jason Pedersen (Simi Valley, Calif.), 53:41
22. Tommy Zafares (Soquel, Calif.), 53:51
24. Ben Kanute (Tucson, Ariz.), 53:57
42. Kaleb VanOrt (Mishawaka, Ind.), 54:59
50. William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas), 55:46
58. Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.), 56:36
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