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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: July 14

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Life Time Minneapolis
Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.) captured the win on Saturday in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a finishing time of 1:59:51. Kaye also won the equalizer, finishing ahead of men’s winner Ben Collins (Chicago, Ill.). With the equalizer, the women start ahead of the men and try to keep the lead through the finish.

Kaye had the fastest bike split of the day to move into the lead position, undeterred by Radka Vodickova from Czech Republic, who posted the top run split to eventually finish in second place in a time of 2:04:07. Jillian Petersen (Clermont, Fla.) came in third place with a time of 2:08:17.

Collins was the first finisher for the men with a time of 1:50:09, charging past Cameron Dye on the run to leave Dye (Boulder, Colo.) with second place in a time of 1:51:10. Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.) posted the top run split of the day to move into third with a time of 1:51:20. 

Complete results are posted at mplstri.com.

Boulder Peak 5i50
At Sunday’s Boulder Peak 5i50 in Boulder, Colorado, Matt Chrabot (Virginia Beach, Va.) posted the top bike and run splits to take first place in a time of 1:49:13. Chrabot’s race-best run widened the gap of Jimmy Seear from Australia, who finished in 1:51:32 for second. Kevin Collington (Orlando, Fla.) rounded out the podium in third with a time of 1:52:55.

Lauren Goss (Clermont, Fla.) took third place in a competitive women’s field with a time of 2:06:43. Helle Frederiksen of Denmark took first in a time of 2:00:35 with Vodickova (CZE), who raced Life Time Minneapolis the previous day, in second with a time of 2:04:27.

Boulder Peak results are available here.

Ironman 70.3 Vineman
Meredith Kessler (San Francisco, Calif.) raced her way to her third consecutive title at Vineman on Sunday with a time of 4:11:43. Kessler was in the first group out of the water and backed it with the top bike split to clinch the win and become the first athlete to win three Vineman titles in a row. Melissa Hauschildt of Australia posted the top run split to secure second place in a time of 4:14:13, and Canadian Rachel McBride rounded out the podium in third with a time of 4:17:23.

Matt Reed (Encinitas, Calif.) was the top American man, crossing the line in fifth in 3:54:48.

Complete results are available here.

Ironman 70.3 Muncie
The U.S. women swept the podium in Muncie on Saturday with Ashley Clifford (Carmel, Ind.) taking first place in a time of 4:16:21 after piecing together the fastest bike and run splits of the day. Hallie Blunck (Birmingham, Ala.) took second in a time of 4:28:25 and Beth Schutt (Pittsburgh, Pa.) came in third with a finishing time of 4:28:44.

Canadian Lionel Sanders won the men’s field with a blistering 1:10:54 13.1-mile run split that brought him to the finish in 3:42:48. Josh Amberger of Australia took second in a time of 3:46:11 while Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.) unleashed the top bike split to secure third place in a time of 3:47:25.

Results are available here.

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