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Summer Cook, Lindsey Jerdonek Go 1-2 at Yucatán World Cup

By USA Triathlon | Aug. 12, 2017, 10:11 p.m. (ET)

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MÉRIDA, Mexico — Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) and Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio) went 1-2 at the Yucatán ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sunday, with Cook collecting her first World Cup medal of the season and Jerdonek reaching the World Cup podium for the first time ever. In the men’s race, Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) was the top finisher for the U.S., placing fifth overall.

Yucatán was a first-time host on the ITU World Cup circuit, serving up a sprint-distance 750-meter swim, 10-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run course. Athletes faced hot and humid conditions, with an ocean swim followed by bike and run segments through the streets of Progreso — a beachfront town just outside of Mérida, Mexico.  

Cook and Canada’s Amélie Kretz were the first two athletes out of the water in the women’s race, with Jerdonek and Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) just a few seconds behind. A lead group of 10 formed after the first of four laps on the bike, with Cook, Jerdonek, Gorman and Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.) all in the mix. The leaders grew their gap on the chase pack with each passing lap, building an advantage of about a minute by the time they hit the run course.

It came down to a running race for the lead women, and Cook set a strong pace from the start. She went on to record a 17:19 run split, the fastest of the day, and finish first with a total time of 1 hour, 17 seconds. Jerdonek was about 25 seconds behind Cook, crossing the line In 1:00:43 to secure a 1-2 finish for the Americans. Lisa Perterer of Austria took the third spot on the podium in 1:00:47.

“I wasn’t quite sure if the other girls were planning to back-half it and run conservatively because of the heat, so I tried to just run strong for the entire race,” Cook said. “This is the first time that I’ve podiumed at a World Cup this year, so I’m really happy to be back on the podium. I’m hoping to carry this momentum into the rest of my race season.”

Jerdonek was happy to finally reach the podium after 14 career World Cup starts and eight top-10 finishes.

“I’m really pleased to be on my first World Cup podium, because it’s eluded me for all the years that I’ve been racing ITU,” Jerdonek said. “To put it all together, I had my head in the game from start to finish, and I was really committed to standing on that podium.”

Gorman also had a strong race, taking fifth in 1:01:23 for a career-best World Cup finish.

In the men’s race, William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas) and Japan’s Jumpei Furuya were first out of the water, but the entire field stayed relatively together through the swim. Once out on the bike, Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.) went for the breakaway with Furuya. Two chase packs formed behind them, but Rider and Furuya continued to grow their gap until they had a 25-second lead on the rest of the field.

The two were ultimately caught by the faster runners in the field, though. Recording a 15:48 5k, Perez moved into the lead and broke the tape in 54:56. Cesar Saracho, also of Mexico, and Maximilian Schwetz of Germany were second and third in 55:02 and 55:04, respectively.

Furuya crossed the line fourth in 55:06, and McDowell ran his way to a top-five finish in 55:10. After pushing the pace on the bike, Rider dropped back to 11th overall, still a career-best World Cup finish for the 20-year-old athlete.

The ITU Triathlon World Cup season continues Sunday, Sept. 3, with a stop in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.

2017 Yucatán ITU Triathlon World Cup
750m swim, 10k bike 5k run

Elite Women Complete Results
1. Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.), 1:00:17
2. Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio), 1:00:43
3. Lisa Perterer (AUS), 1:00:47

U.S. Finishers
1. Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.), 1:00:17
2. Lindsey Jerdonek (Brecksville, Ohio), 1:00:43
5. Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.), 1:01:23
11. Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.), 1:02:15
18. Sarah Alexander (Shaker Heights, Ohio), 1:03:20
25. Chelsea Sodaro (Poway, Calif.), 1:05:38
27. Nicole Truxes (Phoenix, Ariz.), 1:06:15
Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.), DNF

Elite Men — Complete Results
1. Irving Perez (MEX), 54:56
2. Cesar Saracho (MEX), 55:02
3. Maximilian Schwetz (GER), 55:04

U.S. Finishers
5. Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.), 55:10
11. Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.), 55:54
23. Jason West (Boulder, Colo.), 56:55
25. Michael Arishita (Boerne, Texas), 57:08
26. Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.), 57:13
34. William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas), 58:27
40. Collin Chartier (Burke, Va.), 1:00:21
42. Andrew Roos (Redwood City, Calif.), 1:02:39

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