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Leslie Battle, Lance Fargo Claim Back-to-Back Titles at Clydesdale and Athena Nationals

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DEGRAY LAKE, Ark. — Age-group triathletes Leslie Battle and Lance Fargo collected two national titles apiece over the weekend at the USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena National Championships, held in conjunction with the Tri Arkansas International Distance Triathlon and the DeGray Lake Sprint Triathlon.

Battle (Warwick, R.I.) was the top female finisher of the Tri Arkansas event, held on Saturday, Aug. 16, finishing the 1,500-meter swim, 39-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run event in 2 hours, 53 minutes, 31 seconds. Battle has been an Athena national champion in 2012 and 2013 at the Olympic-distance, and also won the Athena 40-54 age division. CC Rowe (Austin, Texas) claimed the Athena 39 and under division as the second overall finisher in 2:54:10, and Shawna Glasser (Henderson, Nev.), also in the 39 and under division, was third overall in 3:02:06.

Fargo (Ocean View, Del.) claimed the overall win amongst the men with a time of 2:34:08, also winning the Clydesdale 40-59 division. With the win, Fargo also successfully defended his 2013 national title. Clydesdale 39 and under winner John Friedl (Moore, Okla.) was second overall in a time of 2:36:40, and Scott Richard (Bolton, Mass.) was third overall and second in the Clydesdale 40-59 division, posting a time of 2:45:50.

The following day, Battle and Fargo followed up their winning performances with wins in the Sprint championship event, featuring a 500-yard swim, 16-mile bike and 3.5-mile run.

Battle’s finishing time was 1:35:46, nearly three minutes ahead of second overall finisher and fellow Athena 40-54 competitor Caroline Faure (Pocatello, Idaho). Faure finished in 1:38:34. Glasser also repeated on the podium, finishing third overall for the second day in a row and winning the Athena 39 and under division with a time of 1:40:41.

Fargo crossed the line in 1:22:06, more than four minutes clear of the field. Ryan Phillips (South Burlington, Vt.) was second overall in 1:26:12, and Nicholas Evans (Highlands Village, Texas) rounded out the overall podium in 1:28:45. All three men competed in the Clydesdale 40-59 division.

The Clydesdale and Athena competitive divisions are based on weight minimums outlined in the USA Triathlon Competitive Rules. Athletes competing in the Clydesdale division must be a minimum of 220 pounds and athletes in the Athena division must be a minimum of 165 pounds. Clydesdale and Athena Nationals was held as a standalone event for the first time this year.

USA Triathlon Clydesdale and Athena National Championships
Aug. 16, 2014 — Olympic-Distance — Complete Results

1,500m swim, 39k bike, 10k run

Overall Female: Leslie Battle (Warwick, R.I.), 2:53:31
Overall Male: Lance Fargo (Ocean View, Del.), 2:34:08
Athena 39 & Under: CC Rowe (Austin, Texas), 2:54:10
Athena 40-54: Leslie Battle (Warwick, R.I.), 2:53:31
Clydesdale 39 & Under: John Friedl (Moore, Okla.), 2:36:40
Clydesdale 40-59: Lance Fargo (Ocean View, Del.), 2:34:08
Clydesdale 60+: John Ricca (Plano, Texas), 3:29:43

Aug. 17, 2014 — Sprint — Complete Results
500-yard swim, 16-mile bike, 3.5-mile run

Overall Female: Leslie Battle (Warwick, R.I.), 1:35:46
Overall Male: Lance Fargo (Ocean View, Del.), 1:22:06
Athena 39 & Under: Shawna Glasser (Henderson, Nev.), 1:40:41
Athena 40-54: Leslie Battle (Warwick, R.I.), 1:35:46
Athena 55+: Diane Morrow-Kondos (Tulsa, Okla.), 2:22:30
Clydesdale 39 & Under: Chris Hittner (Kansas City, Mo.), 1:30:50
Clydesdale 40-59: Lance Fargo (Ocean View, Del.), 1:22:06

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