USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: August 15

By Caryn Maconi | Aug. 15, 2017, 1:05 p.m. (ET)

USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships

Nearly 3,300 of the nation’s top amateur triathletes gathered at Omaha’s Levi Carter Park on Saturday and Sunday, chasing national titles and Team USA spots at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.

Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.) earned back-to-back overall titles, finishing as the fastest female in both Saturday’s Olympic-distance and Sunday’s sprint-distance races. Bill Jones (San Diego, Calif.) earned the men’s overall Olympic-distance title, while Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) collected the men’s overall win in the sprint.

In total, 10 athletes defended their age-group titles from 2016 in the Olympic-distance, and nine earned back-to-back age-group wins in the sprint. Top age-group finishers in each race earned the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2018 ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

The look of sheer joy before the swim at #usatagnc this past weekend. #resultsstarthere

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Team USA year 2! Gold Coast, Australia coming in September 2018 #USATAGNC

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For complete results from Age Group Nationals, visit usatriathlon.org/agnc17.

Yucatán ITU Triathlon World Cup

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. Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) also raced well, placing fifth overall for a career-best World Cup performance. In the men’s race, Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) was the top finisher for the U.S., placing fifth.

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.

 

Proud of my first-ever @worldtriathlon World Cup podium at #YucatanWC (2nd!). I have had my share of humbling races in Mexico, so when the ITU released the WC schedule this yr and I saw this race, at this time of year, I mentally noted that "I definitely won't be doing *that* one." Funny how things work out. πŸ‘ to @sums1 on nailing the top step and πŸ™ to @lisaperterer for dueling it out to the blue carpet to make me earn it. Thanks to @apexcoach for helping me get that performance out of myself and to my training partners/friends for being awesome. Big thanks also to my sponsors @newyorkac @nyactri @teampsychotriathlete @brooksrunning @rokasports @usatriathlon πŸ“·: @wagner.araujo.photo #findfaster #rokaswim #runhappy #triatleta #womenintriathlon #EquipoSportiaAsdeporte #asdeporte

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Expect something better every time.

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For complete results from the Yucatán ITU World Cup, visit triathlon.org.

IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead

Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.) and Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.) earned victories at IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead in Benton Harbor, Michigan, on Sunday.

Jackson’s victory was the continuation of a dominant season in which she has already taken the win at IRONMAN 70.3 Calgary and finished second at IRONMAN Boulder. Jackson completed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4 hours, 16 minutes, 57 seconds. She finished nearly three minutes ahead of runner-up Alissa Doehla (Tryon, N.C.). Jodie Robertson (Melville, N.Y) rounded out the top three in 4:23:51.

The victory for Starykowicz was especially meaningful, as it came a year after he was hit by a car on a training ride and suffered career-threatening injuries. Starykowicz marked his comeback with a finishing time of 3:46:57, the only athlete to record a sub-2-hour bike split. Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa) was second across the line in 3:49:08, and Joe Gambles of Australia took the third spot in 3:51:21.

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

Wuustwezel ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup

Tommy Zaferes (Watsonville, Calif.) represented the U.S. in the sprint-distance ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup in Wuustwezel, Belgium, on Sunday, placing seventh overall for elite men.

Zaferes and Hungary’s Mark Devay led the field out of the water. Though Zaferes was eventually overtaken on the bike, he went on to record a race-leading 16-minute run to move up back into a top-10 position. He ultimately crossed the line in 54:31, less than a minute behind race winner Marten Van Riel of Belgium (53:48). Second place went to Gianluca Pozzatti of Italy in 53:59, and Devay took third in 54:04.

So stoked for @martenvanriel crushing his hometown race! Such a deserving dude. I came to race #ETUWuustwezel purely because of Marten, and I'm so glad I did. I would have liked to battle him to the line, but after an intense effort the first 5min on the bike to help create a breakaway of 6, I ended up getting dropped from that very creation after just one lap (apparently 4hrs of riding the last couple weeks wasn't enough to keep me in tip top fitness, who knew?? ;)). I ended up sitting up and waiting for the large 40 man chase group and rode with them until T2. Guys were riding like maniacs, and since I don't need points or anything I decided it wasn't worth it for me to risk getting in a crash fighting for position into T2. I came in towards the back of the large group, had a TERRIBLE transition, and started the run in about 40th place and one minute down from the breakaway group. But thanks to all the support from the crowds (seriously AMAZING crowd support) came away with the fastest run of the day, finished 7th (beat my start number πŸ’ͺ), and made enough prize money to cover my race entry and a one way bike fee. Next up Marten and I will join the rest of the #JFTCrew in Les Angles, France for the final altitude camp of the season. #FindFaster #Triathmeets πŸ“Έ: Simon Damiral @sunnyspellsjp

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For complete results from the Wuustwezel ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup, visit triathlon.org.