USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: Collegiate Qualifiers and IRONMAN Arizona

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The Kinetic Cup Triathlon Festival Varsity Women’s Collegiate Qualifier 

The Kinetic Cup Triathlon Festival hosted by Kinetic Multisports welcomed top student athletes from across the nation on Saturday to compete in the second qualifying race for the women’s collegiate triathlon season. 

Finja Schierl of Wingate University earned the overall win, crossing the line at 1 hour, 1 minute and 54 seconds, also seizing the DII individual victory. Following in second was DII athlete Natalia Hidalgo Martinez (Davis & Elkins College) who finished in 1:02:08. Completing off the podium was then Clara Normand (Wagner College) in third at 1:02:20, earning the DI individual title on the day.  

Earning the DIII individual win was Trine University’s Amira Faulkner, who despite being last out of the swim, came back to take the tape at 1:07:55.   

In the team awards, University of Denver came out on top for Division I, claiming 51 points with three athletes finishing in the top ten. Freya McKinley led for the Pioneers, finishing fourth overall across divisions. The University of South Dakota was the next standing DI team, finishing with 97 points.  

In the DII category, Queens University of Charlotte was the leading team, ending the day with 76 points, followed by Colorado Mesa University with 105 points.  

Team DIII honors were a close battle. Millikin University earned the top spot with 34 points, led by Hope Roderick, who finished fifth overall in the division. For the second top team, there was a tie between North Central College and Trine University, who both earned 38 points. Ultimately, the award went to North Central College as tiebreakers go to the fourth fastest finisher on the team, which was Natalie Grolmes, who finished just 27 seconds ahead of the fourth finisher for Trine University. 

IRONMAN 70.3 Arizona 
IRONMAN racing returned this weekend in Tempe, with the 70.3 event taking place on Sunday, October 17. Over 1300 participants gathered to toe the line and take in the desert sun. 

Branden Scheel (Johnstown, Colo.) claimed the men’s event, finishing with a time of four hours, 12 minutes and 49 seconds. His win also earned him the title in the M25-29 age group. The silver went to Argentinian Juan Ibanez, who finished in 4:21:46. Then rounding off the podium was American Arthur Benson (Morrisville, Pa.), crossing the line in 4:22:42 to earn the bronze and the M18-24 age group title.  

In the women’s race, Arizona resident, Sophie Chevrier (Scottsdale, Ariz.) earned the gold and the F40-44 age group title by finishing in four hours, 34 minutes and 35 seconds. She was 12th overall on the day between both the men and women.  

Earning second in the women’s division was Kayla Bowker (Spokane, Wash.), who had a time of 4:40:06 and also the top spot in the F30-34 age group. The final spot on the podium went to Erin Oliphant, a local from Tempe, who earned the F18-24 age group and third overall in 4:58:50.

The Gut Check Adventure Triathlon 
The beautiful Cape Cod region welcomed adventure-seeking triathletes to Brewster, Massachusetts. 

The race boasts trail running, road cycling, water crossing (think swimming or paddleboarding) and decision making on the course as you get to different check points.  
This race is great to do solo or with a group of friends – bring a unique challenge-type structure to traditional triathlon.  

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