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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: August 1

By Elizabeth Grimsley | Aug. 01, 2016, 3:28 p.m. (ET)

USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships

It was a full weekend of racing in West Chester, Ohio, at Youth & Junior Nationals. The event started off with the draft-legal junior and youth elite competitions. Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) continued her dominant 2016 season, winning the junior elite title by around a minute and a half over the next closest finisher. Page Lester (Washington, D.C.) claimed the silver medal with a time of 1:03:19 and Audrey Ernst (South Elgin, Ill.) finished with the bronze (1:04:20).
 In the junior elite men’s race, Grant Jarvis (Texarkana, Texas) won the national title in a close finish with a time of 57:20 over Chase McQueen’s (Columbus, Ind.) 57:23 and Austin Hindman’s (Wildwood, Mo.) 57:25.
Knibb and Lester were also a part of the winning Mixed Team Relay team the following day. The team, a combination of MC Elite and ORIGIN Perform, which also included Fielding Fischer (Chevy Chase, Md.) and Alec Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif.), finished with a time of 1:10:48.
Team MMTT, featuring Ernst, McQueen, Graham Pimentel (Naples, Fla.) and Jocelyn Bonney (Long Beach, Calif.), claimed the second-place MTR title, finishing with a total time of 1:11:32. Z3’s team of Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.), Nick Johnson (West Des Moines, Iowa), Lauren Steinke (St. Cloud, Minn.) and Hindman rounded out the podium. The youth elite triathletes also toed the line in Ohio with Maryhelen Albright (Roanoke, Va.) and Zach Wilson (Carmel, Ind.) claiming national titles.


But it wasn’t all about the elites. Age-group athletes also took part in the weekend of racing. Ella Kate Johnston and Colton Blankenfeld took home age 7 crowns, Eve Frost and Ryder Fetterolf won age 8, Hazel Wells and Ian Henderson were victorious in the age 9 age group, Clare Anne Dasso and Jack Diemar won age 10, Hannah Fetterolf and Carter Ruthven won the gold medals for age 11, Faith Dasso and Lawson McLeod had the top times in the age 12 age group, Cassidy Hickey and Aidan Landrum won the gold medals for age 13, Jennifer Zheng and Luke Rosser took home the age 14 crowns and McKenzie Hogue and Lucas Bourgoyne were victorious for age 15.

 For full results and recaps of the various events, click here and here.


Sarah Piampiano (San Rafael, Calif.) took home the gold medal at the IRONMAN Vineman this weekend. She dominated the field, finishing with a time of 9:19:05 to outlast fellow countrywoman Ashley Paulson’s (Pleasant Grove, Utah) 10:03:38. Jessica Smith (Stanford, Calif.) finished in 10:17:17 to round out the top three for the Americans.

On the men’s side, warm weather didn’t slow down eventual champion Kyle Buckingham of South Africa. The triathlete finished in a time of 8:27:58. Australia’s Chris McDonald crossed the finish line just under seven minutes after that and American Jonathan Shearon (Tucson, Ariz.) nabbed the final podium spot with a time of 8:39:24.


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XTERRA Dominican Republic

Suzie Snyder (Reno, Nev.) took home top honors at the off-road race in Barahona, finishing with a time of 3:14:09. She outlasted France’s Myriam Guillot-Boisset (3:23:35) and American Kara LaPoint (Truckee, Calif.; 3:26:09) to claim 100 points in the 2016 XTERRA standings. It was Snyder’s third win of the year.

On the men’s side, Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the highest U.S. finisher, coming in second to Costa Rica’s Rom Akerson. Reigning XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) also raced in the Dominican Republic but suffered a flat on the bike leg. Despite the setback, he was still able to fight his way back into an impressive fourth-place finish, just two minutes out of a podium spot.
Because of their placement at this race, both Snyder and Middaugh lead the XTERRA Pan America Pro Series after eight of 10 events.

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IRONMAN 70.3 Ecuador

American Lauren Goss (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) won the IRONMAN 70.3 race in Manta this weekend, finishing with a time of 4:20:41 to fellow countrywoman Laurel Wassner’s (New York, N.Y.) 4:26:21. Goss had the fastest swim and run times of the pro women to claim the gold medal.

My favorite race on the circuit. Ironman 70.3 Manta did not disappoint! 20,000 spectators came out even after the tragic earthquakes they experienced this year. I must thank Manta for making the race possible. I will be back next year!

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IRONMAN Maastricht

Mary Beth Ellis (Andover, Mass.) won the IRONMAN race in the Netherlands this weekend, finishing as the top overall female by nearly 17 minutes. Spain’s Saleta Castro Noqueria claimed the silver medal while the Netherland’s Tineke van den Berg won the bronze. Ellis racing at all was a feat in and of itself as the triathlete was diagnosed with Lyme disease last year and had not completed a full-IRONMAN race since the 2015 World Championship. But not only did she win, she broke the course record by nearly 15 minutes.

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Around Social Media

There are only four days until the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, and while the triathlon races might not be for another couple of weeks, USA Triathlon’s Rio-bound athletes are still training hard for their big day.

Putting in some good work on the bike today. Last big block of training going well.#roadtorio #starsandstripes #enjoytheprocess πŸ“·: @sarah.b.true

And the pre-Olympic stories about all the athletes keep coming out. There are some great ones you don’t want to miss.