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Hannah Rae Finchamp, Rob Ricard Crowned USA Triathlon Off-Road National Champions
RICHMOND, Va. — Age-group triathletes Hannah Rae Finchamp and Rob Ricard earned national titles on Sunday at the 2014 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships, held in conjunction with the Richmond XTERRA East Championship at Brown’s Island.
Finchamp (Altadena, Calif.) posted a time of 2 hours, 57 minutes, 54 seconds to claim the overall women’s championship title on the 1,000-meter swim, 32-kilometer mountain bike and a 10-kilometer trail run course. Finchamp, an up-and-coming junior triathlete who already has a number of national and world titles to her name, also won the women’s 19-and-under division. Beata Wronska (Boyton Beach, Fla.) was the second amateur women’s finisher, claiming the 35-39 title in 3:12:29 and Alexandra Brook Pace (Tallahassee, Fla.), also in the 35-39 age group, was third overall in 3:13:14.
Ricard (Berwick, Maine) claimed the overall amateur men’s title and the 35-39 age-group title with a time of 2:40:14, just 17 seconds ahead of 30-34 winner and second overall finisher Daniel Molnar (Bismarck, N.D.), who clocked in at 2:40:31. Matthew Riley (Sun Prairie, Wis.) rounded out the overall podium in 2:43:22, picking up the men’s 20-24 age-group win.
Elite triathletes Dan Hugo (RSA) and Flora Duffy (BER) won the elite XTERRA East Championship event held on the same course. Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) and Emma Garrard (Park City, Utah) were the top American finishers, crossing the line in third and second, respectively.
Top age-groupers at Off-Road Nationals punched their ticket to represent Team USA at the 2015 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Cross Triathlon World Championships, the date and location of which will be announced later this year by ITU. The top 18 finishers (rolling down to 25th place) in each age group qualified for Team USA slots.
Team USA is comprised of the nation’s top multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championships event. Visit usatriathlon.org for more on Team USA.
USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships – Complete Results
(1,000m swim, 32k mountain bike, 10k trail run)
Age-Group National Champions
Overall Male: Rob Ricard (Berwick, Maine), 2:40:14
Overall Female: Hannah Rae Finchamp (Altadena, Calif.), 2:57:54
M19&U: Greg Schott (Chesterfield, Va.), 2:45:07
F19&U: Hannah Rae Finchamp (Altadena, Calif.), 2:57:54
M20-24: Matthew Riley (Sun Prairie, Wis.), 2:43:22
M25-29: Justin McMurrer (Lehigh Acres, Fla.), 2:45:18
F25-29: Carla Williams (Baltimore, Md.), 3:13:35
M30-34: Daniel Molnar (Bismarck, N.D.), 2:40:31
F30-34: Misty Becerra (Clermont, Fla.), 3:13:22
M35-39: Rob Ricard (Berwick, Maine), 2:40:14
F35-39: Beata Wronska (Boynton Beach, Fla.), 3:12:29
M40-44: Daryl Weaver (Lititz, Pa.), 2:44:23
F40-44: Kathleen Coutinho (Fairfax Station, Va.), 3:16:06
M45-49: Jim Fisher (Midlothian, Va.), 2:45:30
F45-49: Kate Lucas (Charlottesville, Va.), 3:33:50
M50-54: Ali Arasta (Asheboro, N.C.), 2:50:01
F50-54: Alexandra Akermann (Northville, Mich.), 3:28:34
M55-59: Greg Seaman (Brighton, Mich.), 2:59:06
F55-59: Stephanie Landy (Ballston Spa, N.Y.), 3:29:53
M60-64: Ian Davidson (Clemson, S.C.), 3:12:39
M65-69: Charlie Redmond (Tenafly, N.J.), 4:23:21
F65-69: Linda Usher (West Upton, Mass.), 5:21:55
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).