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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: May 4


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Wildflower Triathlon
The 32nd Wildflower Triathlon was held Saturday in California, with the normal 70.3-mile course changed to accommodate a dry Lake San Antonio. The 1.2-mile swim was held in Harris Creek, and athletes ran 2.2 miles between two transitions to get to the 56-mile bike course and a 10.9-mile run. Two Americans continued their dominance even with the changed course layout.

Jesse Thomas (Bend, Ore.) won his fourth consecutive Wildflower title with a finishing time of 4:06:13. Thomas posted the fastest run split of the day to hold off Callum Millward (NZL), who took second in 4:08:20. Matthew Russell (Ogdensburg, N. Y.) took third place in of 4:10:27.

Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.) also kept a Wildflower streak alive with her third straight win at the venue, finishing first in a time of 4:34:28. Jackson had the fastest bike and run splits to set her apart from second-place finisher Elizabeth Lyles (Reno, Nev.) who finished in 4:40:52. Laurel Wassner (New York, N. Y.) posted the fastest swim split of the field to secure third place in a finishing time of 4:41:55.

Complete Wildflower results are available here.

Ironman 70.3 St. Croix
Timothy O’Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) won the Ironman 70.3 St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands on Sunday with a finishing time of 4:07:00. O’Donnell put together a well-rounded race to stay ahead of Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS), who took second in 4:08:29. Ruedi Wild (SUI) took third in a time of 4:10:12. Laura Bennett (Boulder, Colo.) was the top U.S. female in fifth with a time of 4:49:58.

Complete results are available at

Ironman 70.3 St. George
Meredith Kessler (San Fancisco, Calif.) won in Utah on Saturday, securing the U.S. Pro Championship with a finishing time of 4:11:53. Kessler fell behind on the bike, but was able to turn on her run speed to make up a 40 second deficit to reclaim the lead and finish first. Jodie Swallow (GBR) was second in 4:12:29, and Heather Wurtele (CAN) took third in a time of 4:14:31.

Andy Potts was the top-finishing U.S. elite, also securing the U.S. Pro Championship, in fifth place with a final time of 3:47:33.

Complete results are available at


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