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Junior Elites Jenks, Demarest Honored as Athletes of the Year

By USA Triathlon | March 03, 2015, 1:30 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Youth Olympic Games silver medalist Stephanie Jenks and 2014 USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Champion Brent Demarest were today announced as the 2014 USA Triathlon Junior Elite Triathletes of the Year.

Jenks (Aurora, Iowa) earned her spot on the U.S. Youth Olympic Games team with a win at the Games qualifier in Monterrey, Mexico. She then captured the silver medal at the in Nanjing, China, on her 17th birthday. Jenks, a top performer on the track, also raced her way to victory at the PATCO North American Junior Championships in Sarasota, Florida, and finished the season as the No. 1 ranked junior elite woman in the U.S.

“Stephanie was a true international performer in 2014, representing Team USA at Youth Olympic Games and both triathlon and track and field junior worlds championships,” said Steve Kelley, USA Triathlon Junior/U23 Program Manager. “She has a bright future in triathlon.”

Demarest (Charleston, S.C.) also had a standout year, winning the 2014 USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Championships and the Flatland Junior Elite Cup. Demarest was also the top U.S. finisher at the PATCO North American Junior Championships in Sarasota, finishing fifth overall. In addition to triathlon, Demarest attends the University of Virginia and is a member of the Cavaliers’ cross country team.

“Brent demonstrated great perseverance throughout the season,” Kelley said. “He is a talented up-and-coming triathlete, and had ITU Junior Worlds not conflicted with his obligation to report to his university cross country program, I believe we would have seen him battling for the podium.”

Jenks, Demarest and a number of other rising stars also earned recognition on USA Triathlon’s list of Junior Elite and Youth Elite All-Americans. The honor goes to the top up-and-coming triathletes in the United States and is based on their final national ranking and performance in top junior and youth draft-legal events.

2014 USA Triathlon Junior Elite Triathletes of the Year
Stephanie Jenks (Aurora, Iowa)
Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.)

2014 USA Triathlon Junior Elite All-Americans — Women (ages 16-19)
Avery Evenson (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.)
Stephanie Jenks (Aurora, Iowa)
Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.)
Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.)
(HM) Megan Dustin (Feeding Hills, Mass.)
(HM) Katie Patrick (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

2014 USA Triathlon Junior Elite All-Americans — Men (ages 16-19)
Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.)
Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.)
Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.)
Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga.)
(HM) Max Bennett (Parker, Colo.)
(HM) Dillon Nobbs (La Verne, Calif.) 

2014 USA Triathlon Youth Elite All-Americans — Girls (ages 13-15)
Kira Stanley (Acworth, Ga.)
Devon Kroeker (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Page Lester (Washington, D.C.)
(HM) Audrey Ernst (South Elgin, Ill.)
(HM) Grace Obando (Herndon, Va.)
(HM) Sophia West (Decatur, Ga.)
(HM) Kenzi Wilson (Carmel, Ind.)

2014 USA Triathlon Youth Elite All-Americans — Boys (ages 13-15)
Nick Johnson (West Des Moines, Iowa)
Evan Parres (Dardenne Prairie, Mo.)
Ricardo Reyes (Riverview, Fla.)
(HM) Lane Barron (The Woodlands, Texas)
(HM) Julienne Harrison (Marietta, Ga.)
(HM) Drew Sotebeer (Parker, Colo.)
(HM) Zach Wilson (Carmel, Ind.)

HM — Honorable Mention

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