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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: June 5

By Caryn Maconi | June 05, 2017, 7:04 p.m. (ET)

Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup

Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) earned a silver medal at the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sunday, while Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.) placed fourth in the second World Cup of her career. Kasper covered the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course in a time of 1 hour, 2 minutes, 28 seconds. Jolanda Annen of Switzerland took the win in 1:02:04, and Canada’s Joanna Brown was third in 1:02:29. Knibb placed fourth in 1:02:32, and fellow American Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.) was 10th in 1:03:05.

In the men’s elite race, Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) led the U.S. men with a fifth-place finish in 55 minutes, 15 seconds. Adrien Briffod of Switzerland took the win in 54:49. Henri Schoeman of South Africa placed second in 54:52, and Anthony Pujades of France rounded out the podium in 54:58. Other U.S. competitors included Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) in 7th (55:20), Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) in 14th (55:50) and Alec Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif.) in 30th (58:04).


For full results from the Cagliari ITU Triathlon World Cup, visit

USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships

Deanna McCurdy (Littleton, Colo.) and Dane Baldini (Bentonville, Ark.) raced their way to overall titles on Sunday at the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. McCurdy was the top finisher for the women, clocking in at 3 hours, 5 minutes, 22 seconds to claim the overall win and the women’s 40-44 age-group title. She crossed the line more than 10 minutes ahead of Courtney Kaup (Richmond, Vt.), who placed second overall in 3:16:00 and successfully defended her women’s 35-39 title. Jane Zeigler (Tulsa, Okla.) rounded out the overall podium in third with a time of 3:18:04.

Baldini had the fastest time of the day, with a final time of 2:49:34. In addition to the overall title, he also claimed the top spot in the men’s 30-34 age group. Baldini finished nearly four minutes ahead of runner-up Ryan Terry (West Sacramento, Calif.), who took the men’s 35-39 title in 2:53:33. Marcus Barton (Waxhaw, N.C.) was third in 2:55:30, successfully defending his men’s 45-49 title.

Had a great time at the USAT Off-road Triathlon National Championships today. Raced in pouring rain complete with thunder. Finished 3rd Overall and 1st in division to maintain the National Champ title. Had a blast with all the folks and @xterraoffroad family. Complete race story, including how I crumbled on the run coming up. Special shoutout to David at one of my sponsors, @crankbrothers for helping me in a pinch last week in prep for the race. You guys rock! And thanks to ALL my sponsors who help me get here. @guenergylabs @schwalbetires @amclassicwheels @esigrips @hawkracing @firstendurance @orangemud @timexteam #USAToffrd #xterra #xterraoffroad #usatriathlon #doitinthedirt #swimming #mountainbiking #trailrunning #running #biking #racing #guforit #sufferless #rideschwalbe #speedylizard #speedylizarddotcom

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In total, twenty athletes captured age-group off-road national titles. For full results from the USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championships, click here.

Major League Triathlon Atlantic City

The Cleveland Rock ‘n’ Roll made it back-to-back wins at the second Major League Triathlon stop of the season in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Saturday. The Rock ‘n’ Roll are represented by Lindsey Jerdonek, Sarah Alexander, AJ Baucco and Kevin McDowell, with 2016 U.S. Olympian Greg Billington subbing for McDowell in Atlantic City.

The Indy Cats, represented by Alissa Doehla, Megan Foley, Robbie Deckard and 2016 U.S. Olympian Ben Kanute, placed second. Rounding out the podium were the Colorado Peaks, represented by Paula Findlay, John O’Neill, Brittany Warly and Alex Libin. The Rock ‘n’ Roll lead the overall MLT standings, with the Peaks in second and the Sarasota Sun in third.

For full Major League Triathlon team standings, visit

Besancon ITU Paratriathlon World Cup

Omar Bermejo (Casper, Wy.) represented the United States at an ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in Besancon, France, on Sunday, finishing fourth in a competitive men’s PTS4 division. Bermejo finished the 750m swim, 21.35k bike, 5k run course in 1:14:10. Alexis Hanquinquant of France took the win in 1:07:16. Steven Crowley of Great Britain was second in 1:08:50, and Luxembourg’s Joe Kurt took the third spot on the podium in 1:09:50.

IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh

U.S. triathletes Lesley Smith (Boulder, Colo.) and Liz Lyles (Reno, Nev.) went 2-3 at IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh on Sunday, sharing the podium with race winner Stephanie Roy of Canada. Roy crossed the line first in a time of 4:19:59, with Smith close behind in 4:21:46 and Lyles following in 4:24:53.


Andrew Yoder (Silver Spring, Pa.) represented the U.S. on the men’s pro podium, taking second with a time of 3:55:00. Yoder crossed the line 1 minute, 48 seconds after race winner Tyler Butterfield of Bermuda, and 1 minute, 6 seconds ahead of Canada’s Jackson Laundry in third.

For full results from IRONMAN 70.3 Raleigh, visit

IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria

Kelsey Withrow (Walnut Creek, Calif.) took the win in the women’s pro race at IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria on Sunday. Withrow finished the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run in a time of 4:25:11, more than a minute ahead of runner-up Jen Annett of Canada (4:26:48). Fellow American Lauren Goss (Boulder, Colo.) also made the podium, finishing third in 4:31:16. In the men’s pro race, Christopher Baird (San Francisco, Calif.) took third place with a time of 4:02:36. He was just over a minute back from runner-up Taylor Reid of Canada (4:01:02), and four minutes back from race winner Marko Albert of Estonia (3:58:36).

For full results from IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria, visit

Adidas Dream Mile

Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.), junior gold medalist at the 2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel and bronze medalist at the 2016 USA Triathlon Junior National Championships, had a historic performance in the Adidas Dream Mile at the Boost Boston Games in Somerville, Mass., on Friday. Hindman covered the 1,609-meter race in 4 minutes, 4.53 seconds, finishing second and breaking the Missouri high school state record.


For full results from the Boost Boston Games, visit

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