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.
We had a few athletes who raced this weekend in Omaha, Nebraska at Age Group Nationals. There was an olympic distance race on Saturday and a sprint distance race on Sunday! Ian Hoover-Grinde and Addison Smith were nationals champions in their age divisions and there were many other podium finishes! There are only a few more races left in the 2017 season with RipRoar Championships up next next weekend in Johnston, Iowa!
Well, I didn't repeat as the overall national champion, but I did repeat as the 25-29 year old age group national champion. I was actually 4 seconds faster than last year. The guys on top of the overall podium just crushed me on the swim and bike and I couldn't make up the deficit on the run. The Every Man Jack tri team was well represented on the 25-29 podium with @kden219 (3rd), @mark.kolding (8th), and @kyle_tri (9th) also rounding out the top 10. And yes, we do #cleanupnice 😉 ••• #triathlon #tri #triathlete #triathletes #swimbikerun #trilife #triathlontraining #tri365 #everymanjack #teamemj @emjtriteam @everymanjack #USATAGNC #USATAGNC2017 #USATriathlon
Lots of racing around the states this weekend || first pic is from @usatriathlon #usatagnc #usatriathlonagegroupnationals in #omaha || looks like t was a great day for racing!! || way to go athletes from @ncecoaching & @kevinsmythcoaching 👏🏼👏🏼|| second pic is from @ironmantri #steelhead 70.3 || our ladies are strong on fierce @whywetri @womenfortri || congrats to everyone that raced ➡️ we enjoy seeing & sharing these pics || #swimbikerun #triathlon #2017triathlonracing #representingcleveland #triathletes #triathlonracing #shutuplegs #ilovetriathlon #2017triathlongoals
So incredibly happy and grateful for the opportunity to race and win the Olympic Distance National Championship! 1st age 24 and under and 7th overall among all women. Putting in the work and believing in yourself inspires tremendous improvement! Thank you so much coach @sirilindley and everyone that has supported me and contributed to this season!
Such an incredible weekend of family, friends and fun at the @usatriathlon Age Group National Championship! Back-to-back racing never gets easier but it allows me to rep two of my favorite teams (@hedwheels and @cyclehealth)! A 5th place age group podium finish on day two made the blood, sweat and tears worth it. Today I'm humbled by and grateful for the sport of triathlon and USA's talented athletes. 🇺🇸🏊🏼♀️🚴🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️#iamcyclehealth #hedcycling #isutriclones #usatagnc 📸: My #1 fan @jamie_swenson
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. 👏 to @sums1 on nailing the top step and 🙏 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 📷: @wagner.araujo.photo #findfaster #rokaswim #runhappy #triatleta #womenintriathlon #EquipoSportiaAsdeporte #asdeporte
Came to #YucatanWC on a mission to get on that podium. Was in position to do so but unfortunately had to serve a penalty that ended up being mistake on officials part. Tough to miss out but that's part of sport. Just adds fuel to the fire. As always thanks to @multisportbrain for getting me to where i am and special thanks to @lhyman9 for preparing me for the grueling heat
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 💪), 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 📸: Simon Damiral @sunnyspellsjp
For complete results from the Wuustwezel ETU Sprint Triathlon European Cup, visit triathlon.org.