Lockwood, Eickelberg Crowned 2021 Overall USA Triathlon Off-Road National Champions
by USA Triathlon
HEWITT, N.J. — Kathryn Lockwood (Irvine, Calif.) and Tom Eickelberg (Leonia, N.J.) earned overall titles this weekend at the 2021 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships, hosted by Ready Set Go Adventures in conjunction with the Way Over Yonder the Best Triathlon at Wawayanda State Park.
Off-Road Nationals, which featured a 1,500-meter swim, 30-kilometer mountain bike and 10-kilometer trail run, was held Saturday for the first time since 2019, with the 2020 event being canceled due to COVID-19. The race took place with ample COVID-19 safety protocols in place according to USA Triathlon’s Safe Return to Multisport initiative.
Lockwood, the women’s overall champion, is not a stranger to this reign. She not only defended her 2019 overall title, but also made sure to come back stronger after a year off. She crossed the finish line in 4 hours, 7 minutes, 25 seconds to claim the overall win, earning the women’s 45-49 age group title in the process. She shared the overall podium with runner-up Jennifer Higgins (Bozeman, Mont.), who finished in 4:11:04, and Nicole Sin Quee (New York, N.Y.), who took third in 4:17:09. Higgins was crowned the women’s 35-39 national champion, while Sin Quee took the women’s 50-54 victory.
On the men’s side, Eickelberg crossed the finish line with a time of 2:58:18, earning both the overall and the men’s 30-34 national titles. Nathan Cohen (Oxnard, Calif.) was second across the line in 2:59:35, earning the men’s 20-24 title. Rounding out the overall podium was Maxwell Galbraith (Glen Allen, Va.) in 3:06:13, who took second behind Cohen in the men’s 20-24 division.
In total, 21 athletes won off-road national titles in their age groups or in the Clydesdale/Athena divisions on Saturday. James Clark (Tenafly, Pan.), who won the men’s 65-69 age group at 2019 Off-Road Nationals, found the top of the podium again this year in the men’s 70-74 division.
Top performers also had the chance to qualify for Team USA for both the 2021 and 2022 World Cross Triathlon Championships, held as part of the World Triathlon Multisport Championships. The top 25 finishers in each age group, rolling down to 30th place after applying the age-up rule, qualified for the 2021 World Championships in Almere-Amsterdam, Netherlands. The top 18 in each age group, rolling down to the 30th place after applying the age-up rule, qualified for the 2022 World Championships in Townsville, Australia.
For more information about Team USA, comprised of the nation’s top age-group athletes who represent the U.S. at World Triathlon Age Group Championships, visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa.
The next stop on the USA Triathlon National Championships calendar is the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships taking place next weekend, May 22-23, in Tuscaloosa. Alabama.
2021 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships
1,500m swim, 30k mountain bike, 10k trail run
Overall Female: Kathryn Lockwood (Irvine, Calif.), 4:07:25
Overall Male: Tom Eickelberg (Leonia, N.J.), 2:58:18
M17-19: Noah Wales (Springville, Calif.), 3:16:20
M20-24: Nathan Cohen (Oxnard, Calif.), 2:59:35
F25-29: Kelly Macchia (Coventry, Conn.), 5:07:19
M25-29: Maxime Troast (N.J.), 3:08:14
M30-34: Tom Eickelberg (New York), 2:58:18
F35-39: Jennifer Higgins (Bozeman, Mont.), 4:11:04
M35-39: Todd Stackhouse (Lakewood, Colo.), 3:24:50
F40-44: Amy Nalven (Brick, N.J.), 4:19:17
M40-44: Josh Flanagan (Alton, N.H.), 3:16:57
F45-49: Kathryn Lockwood (Irvine, Calif.), 4:07:25
M45-49: James Libecco (Solon, Ohio), 3:34:31
F50-54: Nicole Sin Quee (New York, N.Y.), 4:17:09
M50-54: Stephen Judice (Daytona, Ala.), 3:27:31
F55-59: Celeste St. Pierre (Lincoln, N.H.), 4:35:45
M55-59: Doug Guertin (Monson, Mass.), 3:43:11
F60-64: Beverly Enslow (Metamora, Ill.), 4:49:21
M60-64: Morgan Stebbins (Garrison, N.Y.), 3:42:34
F65-69: Susan Griffin-Kaklikian (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 5:24:13
M65-69: Steve Cole (Ga.), 4:17:58
M70-74: James Clark (North Haven, Conn.), 5:19:26
M Clydesdale 40-59: Jimmy Ball (Flower Mound, Texas.),5:54:45
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