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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: June 9
Ironman 70.3 Kansas
Ruth Brennan Morrey (Rochester, Minn.) led the way for the Americans in Lawrence, Kansas, on Sunday, topping the podium in 4:13:47. Brennan Morrey posted the fastest bike and run splits of the field catch up to Rachel Joyce of Great Britain, who had one of the faster swim times of the day. Joyce came in second with a time of 4:14:44, and Lauren Barnett (Dallas, Texas) rounded out the podium in third with a time of 4:16:10.
Joe Umphenour (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the top U.S. finisher on the men’s side, claiming third place with a time of 3:55:33. Australians James Seear and Todd Skipworth took the top-two spots of the day, with Seear winning in 3:52:18 and Skipworth more than a minute back in 3:53:30.
Ironman 70.3 Eagleman
U.S. elites topped the men's podium in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Sunday with Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.) taking first in a time of 3:47:27. Starykowicz held off Tim O'Donnell (Boulder, Colo.) in second place by only five seconds with a final time of 3:47:32. Starykowicz and O’Donnell came out of the water just six seconds apart before Starykowicz broke away on the bike, heading into T2 with a gap of more than 3 minutes. The gap was enough to hold off O’Donnell in the final seconds of the race. Leon Griffin of Australia rounded out the podium in third with a time of 3:52:11.
Canadian Heather Wurtele won for the women in a finishing time of 4:11:03. Caitlin Snow (Brockton, Mass.) posted the fastest run split of the field to claim second place in 4:11:39, and Rachel McBride of Canada had the fastest bike split to put her in place for the final spot on the podium, taking third in 4:17:37.
Ironman 70.3 Boise
One U.S. elite claimed a podium spot for the women in Boise on Saturday. Liz Lyles (Reno, Nev.) took second place in a time of 4:28:55 behind Canada’s Melanie McQuaid, who logged a time of 4:24:07 to take the tape. Sue Huse, also of Canada, came in third, finishing in 4:37:26. Brent McMahon of Canada won for the men with a time of 3:57:33. Derek Garcia (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) was the top finishing U.S. male in seventh place.
Also in Boise, eight-time Olympic medalist Apolo Ohno completed his first triathlon; read the story from IRONMAN.com here.