USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: August 8

By Caryn Maconi | Aug. 08, 2017, 12:29 p.m. (ET)

USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships

Rising junior elite triathlon stars Kyleigh Spearing and Darr Smith, and youth elite standouts Maryhelen Albright and Andrew Shellenberger, captured national titles on Saturday at the USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships in West Chester, Ohio.

Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.) shared the women’s junior elite podium with Paige Horner (Johnston, Iowa) and Kira Stanley (Acworth, Ga.). The top-three for junior elite men were Smith (Brookhaven, Ga.), Chase McQueen (Columbus, Ind.) and Fielding Fischer (Chevy Chase, Md.).

In the youth elite races, Albright (Roanoake, Va.) took her second consecutive girls’ title, while Abigail Church (South Riding, Va.) and Makena Gates (Canton, Ga.) took second and third respectively. Shellenberger, also the 2017 USA Triathlon high school national champion, earned his second national title of the year in the youth elite boys’ race, sharing the podium with runner-up Nicholas Holmes (Glendale, Wis.) and third-place finisher Lane Hollis (Dalton, Ga.).

Sunday’s races kicked off with the Youth National Championships, featuring more than 600 triathletes ages 7-15 competing for age group titles. The weekend concluded with the Mixed Team Relay event, in which the Z3 Team I of Spearing, Nick Johnson (West Des Moines, Iowa), Horner and Smith took the team title.

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For complete results from the USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships, visit usatriathlon.org/usatjr17.

ITU World Triathlon Montreal

Montreal became the 24th city to host an ITU World Triathlon Series event over the weekend, as the first-time host welcomed elite triathletes for an Olympic-distance WTS contest.

Saturday’s action featured the elite women’s race, as Ashleigh Gentle took the win to mark her first-ever WTS victory; Bermuda’s Flora Duffy took second and retained her No. 1 position in the overall WTS rankings; and Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand rounded out the podium in third. The U.S. women had a strong showing with three top-10 finishes, including Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) in fifth, Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) in seventh and Katie Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) in ninth.

In the elite men’s race, Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya ran away with the win, followed by Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt in second and South Africa’s Richard Murray in third. Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) was the leading American in 23rd place, marking his fourth top-25 finish in a WTS race this season.

For complete results from ITU World Triathlon Montreal, visit triathlon.org.

IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder

U.S. athletes recorded four podium performances at IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder on Saturday, a marquee 70.3 event that draws a competitive field of local elites every year. In the women’s race, Boulder-based pro Jeanni Seymour of South Africa took the win, covering the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4 hours, 7 minutes, 54 seconds. Lesley Smith and Alicia Kaye, two Americans also based in Boulder, took second and third in 4:11:03 and 4:13:07, respectively.

The Boulder-based pros also swept the men’s podium, as Australia’s Tim Don broke the tape in 3:41:32. Runner-up Matt Chrabot was just over a minute behind Don in 3:43:51. Ben Hoffman was third in 3:44:17, edging another Boulderite, Justin Metzler, by exactly a minute to take the third podium spot.

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For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder, visit IRONMAN.com.

IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines

Kim Kilgroe (Azusa, Calif.) and Brad Williams (Riverbank, Calif.) were the top U.S. finishers at IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines in Cebu on Sunday, each recording seventh-place finishes in the pro division.

In the women’s pro race, Kilgroe completed the 1.2m swim, 56m bike and 13.1m run in 4:58:58. Amelia Watkinson of New Zealand took the win in 4:29:17, followed by two Australians, Jacqueline Thistleton (4:35:53) and Kerry Morris (4:39:11) in second and third. Williams, meanwhile, recorded a 4:19:55 to take seventh for the pro men, as Australia’s Tim Reed (3:54:07), Italy’s Mauricio Mendez (3:56:46) and Australia’s Ryan Fisher (4:00:20) claimed the top-three spots.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines, visit IRONMAN.com.