USAT Announces Garmin Age Group Athlete of the Year Awards

March 10, 2008, 12 a.m. (ET)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (March 10 2008) USA Triathlon is pleased to announce the selections for the Garmin 2007 Age Group Athletes of the Year awards. Included in the list are awards for Age Group Triathletes and Duathletes, Physically Challenged Triathletes, and Junior Triathletes. 

Age Group Triathletes of the Year
(as selected by the USAT Age Group Committee)

Open Male Age Group Triathlete of the Year
Daniel Bretscher (Greencastle, Ind.)
-1st place overall at Halfmax Championships
-1st place overall at Dallas US Open
-1st place overall at Hy-Vee Triathlon
-1st place overall at Chicago
-1st place overall at Muncie Endurathon
-3rd place overall at Memphis in May

Honorable Mention
(listed alphabetically)
Ben Collins, Phillipe Kozub, Alex Mroszczk-McDonald, Janda Ricci-Munn, Greg Rouault, Jesse Thomas

Open Female Age Group Triathlete of the Year
Bree Wee (Kailua Kona, Hawaii)
-1st amateur at Hawaiian Ironman
-1st amateur at Lavaman/Bous Qualifier
-3rd place overall at Hawaii 70.3
-1st place in AG at Honolulu Triathlon
-2nd place in AG at USAT Nationals
-3rd place in AG at St. Anthony’s

Honorable Mention
(listed alphabetically)
Lotté Branigan, Katie Ellis, Elizabeth Fedofsky, Jennifer Garrison, Leah Larson, Rachel Ross, Kim Webster, Cathy Yndestad

Masters Male Triathlete of the Year (ages 40-59)
Joe Bonness (Naples, Fla.)
-1st place at Ironman Wisconsin
-1st place at Hawaii
-1st place at Great Floridian
-1st place at Ironman Florida
-1st place at Bradenton 101
-2nd place at 70.3 Worlds

Honorable Mention
(listed alphabetically)
Brian Bich, Albert Boyce, Bruce Gennari, Kevin Moats, Herb Spicer

Masters Female Triathlete of the Year (ages 40-54)
Cassie McWilliam (Rye, N.Y.)
-1st place at Florida 70.3
-1st place at Westchester
-2nd place at 70.3 Worlds
-2nd place at St. Anthony’s

Honorable Mention
(listed alphabetically)
Lisbeth Kenyon, Holly Nybo, Tracy Orcutt, Linda Robb, Kimberlee Rouse, Laura Sophiea, Donna Smyers

Grandmasters Male Triathlete of the Year (ages 60+)
Jon Adamson (Alpharetta, Ga.)
-1st place at 70.3 Worlds
-1st place at USAT Nationals
-1st place at Memphis in May
-1st place at St. Anthony’s
-3rd place at ITU Hamburg Worlds

Honorable Mention
(listed alphabetically)
Charley French, Bob Scott, Steven Smith

Grandmasters Female Triathlete of the Year (ages 55+)
Cherie Gruenfeld (Cathedral City, Calif.)
-1st place at Hawaiian Ironman
-1st place at Vineman
-1st place at Buffalo Springs Lake

Honorable Mention
Sister Madonna Buder, Susan Bradley-Cox, Jan Miller

Junior Age Group Male Triathlete of the Year
Brian Duffy (East Goshen, Pa.)
-1st place overall at Sprint World Championships

Honorable Mention
(listed alphabetically)
Shea Wilfong, Andrew Yoder

Junior Age Group Female Triathlete of the Year
Natalie Russell (Batavia, Ill.)
-1st place overall at Sprint World Championships
-1st place at Junior Elite National Championships

Honorable Mention
(listed alphabetically)
Kailand Cosgrove, Ashley Morgan

Physically Challenged Athletes of the Year
(as selected by the USAT Physically Challenged Committee)

Male PC Athlete of the Year
Matt Perkins (Boise, Idaho)
¬-2nd place at NYC Triathlon PC Nationals
-1st place at 2007 ITU World Championships

Runner-up
J.P. Theberge

Honorable Mention
(listed alphabetically)
David Kyle, Jason Lester

Female PC Athlete of the Year
Amy Dodson (Adrian, Mich.)
-1st place at NYC Triathlon PC Nationals
-1st place at ITU World Championships
-1st place at Nautica Malibu Triathlon
-2nd place at Bigfoot Iron Distance Triathlon
-2nd place at Accenture Chicago Triathlon

Runner-up
Suzanne Elbon

Honorable Mention
(listed alphabetically)
Scout Bassett, Beth Price

Duathletes of the Year
(as selected by the USAT Duathlon Committee)

Open Male Duathlete of the Year (all ages)
Craig Greenslit (Berthoud, Colo.)
-1st place in AG and overall at USAT Sprint Nationals
-1st place in AG at USAT Triathlon Nationals
-1st place in AG and overall at USAT Short Course Duathlon Nationals
-1st place in AG and 4th place overall at USAT Half-max Long Course Triathlon Nationals

Runner-up
Jeff Miller

Open Female Duathlete of the Year (all ages)
Amy Kloner (Atlanta, Ga.)
-1st place at ITU Long Course World Championships
-1st place at Short Course Duathlon Nationals
-1st place at Long Course Duathlon Championships
-1st place at Powerman Alabama

Runner-up
Gail Kattouf

Masters Male Duathlete of the Year (ages 40-59)
Jeff Miller (Burnham, Pa.)
-1st place at USAT Short Course Nationals
-1st place at USAT Long Course Nationals
-1st place at Blackwater Traverse Long Course Duathlon

Runner-up
Gordon Holterman

Co-Masters Female Duathlete of the Year (ages 40-54)
Melanie Roberts (Indianapolis, Ind.)
-1st place at USAT Long Course Nationals
-1st place at ITU Long Distance World Championships
-1st place at World’s Toughest Duathlon
-1st place at Powerman Alabama

Kristin Villopoto (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
-1st place at Desert Classic Duathlon
-1st place at USAT Short Course Nationals
-1st place at ITU Short Course World Championships

Grandmasters Male Duathlete of the Year (ages 60+)
Larry Czelusta (San Antonio, Texas)
-1st place at IRP Striders Duathlon
-1st place at USAT Long Course Duathlon Nationals
-1st place at ITU Long Course World Championship

Grandmasters Female Duathlete of the Year (ages 55+)
Diane Proud (Las Colinas, Texas)
-2nd place at ITU Short Course World Championships
-1st place at USAT Short Course Nationals
-2nd place at USAT Long Course Nationals

In addition to sponsoring USAT's Athletes of the Year program, Garmin supports the USAT Trade Team and Coaching Education Program with their renowned GPS-based training and mapping tools.

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