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USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: June 20

By Caryn Maconi | June 20, 2017, 5:03 p.m. (ET)

USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships

Danielle Dingman swept the women’s standard and sprint-distance titles, Albert Harrison won the men’s standard-distance title and Keith Jackson was the men’s sprint champion at the 2017 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships in Bend, Oregon, on Saturday. The races drew more than 500 competitors, and in total, 54 age-group national titles were awarded.

Men's standard-distance winner Harrison covered the 10-kilometer run, 40k bike and 5k run course in 1 hour, 53 minutes, 34 seconds. Alistair Eeckman (Berkeley, Calif.) crossed the line second in 1:55:24, but is ineligible for age-group podiums as an elite. Defending champion Jesse Dunn (Logan, Utah) officially took second in 1:56:51, and Wade Cruser (Sauk Rapids, Minn.) completed the podium in third in 1:57:52.

Dingman crossed the line for women's standard-distance race in 2:05:38, finishing nearly eight minutes ahead of runner-up and defending champion Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.). Sarah Barkley (East Wenatchee, Wash.) rounded out the podium in third.

In the sprint-distance race, Dingman made it two national titles in one day, finishing in 1:03:58. Defending overall champion Sarah Barber (Boise, Idaho) took second in 1:05:32, and Melisa Christian (Dallas, Texas) was third in 1:08:05. Keith Jackson (Loveland, Colo.) was the men’s sprint-distance champion in 58:28, successfully defending his overall title from 2016. Lee Piercy (Folsom, Calif.) crossed second in 59:29, but is ineligible for awards as an elite. Dunn officially took second place in 59:41, and Philippe Bouttefroy (Seattle, Wash) placed third in 1:00:54. 

USAT Duathlon Nationals Race Report by the Numbers 4039 Miles Traveled 51.3 Total Miles Raced 37.3 miles raced riding 14 miles raced running 3 hours 9 minutes 26 seconds total racing time 1 hour 24 minutes 30 seconds raced running 1 hour 42 minutes 11 seconds raced riding 2 Races 2 National Titles Number of supporters….countless. I am beyond thankful for the love and support provided the past few days. USAT Duathlon Nationals was a whirlwind of events and emotions. After earning the Long Course Duathlon National title, I set my mind on winning both the Standard and Sprint Distance titles. I knew it was not impossible, but it would not be easy. In the weeks before the race, I spent time preparing my mind to overcome the pain and discomfort of enduring back to back races. @missybelk (who knows no pain) helped me through key workouts that pushed my limits. Pre-race prep also included a lot of logistical planning. @abcycle were rock stars in helping me get my bike race-ready and packed to fly! When I finally arrived to Bend, @sunnysidesports (local Trek dealer), were quick get my bike tuned-up and lend me a trainer for race day. While in Bend, I stayed at an awesome AirBnB, Le Suite at Chateau Beaulieu, located only a mile and half from the race course and super close to all Bend has to offer. Mike and Jill, the hosts were beyond accommodating and comfortable. To top it all off, my mom, @diannebradley, traveled from Maryland to do what mom’s do best, love and support me through race day…oh and manage social media posts!! We received so much positive feedback on Facebook! To all those that tuned in, thank you!! Your encouragement was humbling and kept me focused when I was feeling pain on the race course. Triathlon and duathlon’s may seem like an individual sport. But this is far from the truth. It takes a team of people who believe in you to make race day seamless and easy. The only thing that matters when you line up is being able to perform and allow your training to carry you through the race. Without this support, these two national titles would not be possible. #BeyondThankful #SBC_Athletics #SBC_Women #abcycles #shebestrong #shebeconfident #shebereal

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For complete results from the 2017 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships, visit usatriathlon.org/usatdu17.

USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Duathlon World Qualifier

More than 230 age-group duathletes from across the United States toed the line for the 2017 USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Duathlon World Qualifier on Sunday in Bend, Oregon, with top finishers earning the right to represent Team USA at the 2018 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Odense, Denmark.

Duncan Reid (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) and Melisa Christian (Dallas, Texas) took overall top honors in the world qualifier, which covered a 5-kilometer run, two-lap, draft-legal 20k bike, and 2.5k run. In the men’s race, Jared Eytcheson (Cary, N.C.) and Keith Jackson (Longmont, Colo.) finished second and third. On the women’s side, Cymon Kersch (Portland, Ore.) and Jessie Rubin (Portland, Ore.) took the No. 2 and 3 spots.

I don't even know where to start... this weekend was 👌 full of great time with family, old friends, new friends, and fast and exciting racing! I can't thank my family, @treyshon_11, and @steelheadpdx enough for their support! Most of the weekend experiences were awesome, and others I really hope are just once in a lifetime... • Yesterday afternoon was the non-drafting sprint distance duathlon national championship (5k run, 20k bike, then a 2.5k run). I felt pretty darn rough on the first run, started the bike leg and after the first half mile proceeded to throw up all over myself and my bike 🤢 grosssss! Tried to "clean" myself off with my water bottle while riding, and survived the rest of the bike and second run leg, finishing 1st in my age group and 7th overall. This morning was the draft-legal sprint distance duathlon world championship qualifier race. I tried to pace better on the first run, not barf on the bike, and pedal on the downhills! Finished 1st in my age group and 2nd overall female 😁 This was hands down one of the most fun races I've ever done! Major congrats to everyone who raced this weekend!!! #goptc

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For complete results from the 2017 USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Duathlon World Qualifier, visit usatriathlon.org/usatdu17.

Ottawa CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon Premium American Cup

Twenty-eight elite U.S. triathletes competed at a CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup in Ottawa, Ontario, on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s semifinal races featured a super-sprint distance course covering a 300m swim, 8k bike and 1.5k run. The top 30 finishers for both men and women advanced to Sunday’s finals, which covered a sprint-distance 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run.

In the women’s final, Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) was the top American finisher in third. Gorman crossed the line in 1:01:20, trailing race winner Joanna Brown by less than two minutes. Brown took top honors in 59:47, and Canadian Olympian Paula Findlay took second in 1:00:15.

Other U.S. finishers in the women’s final included Sarah Alexander (Shaker Heights, Ohio, 8th), Brittany Warly (Colorado Springs, Colo., 12th), Erin Storie (Colorado Springs, Colo., 14th), Sonja Kent (West Boylston, Mass., 15th), Erika Ackerlund (Missoula, Mont., 18th), Brittany Oliver (Ventura, Calif., 19th), Teresa Groton (West Point, N.Y., 20th), Audrey Ernst (South Elgin, Ill., 23rd), and Kylie Spearing (Frankfort, Ill., 28th).

Hunter Lussi (Gibson Island, Md.) led the U.S. men with a fifth-place finish in the final. Lussi’s time of 55:59 was within a minute of race winner Tyler Mislawchuck of Canada, who crossed the line in 55:16. Eder Mejia Muñoz (55:26) and Irving Perez (55:36) of Mexico completed the podium in second and third, respectively.

Other U.S. finishers in the men’s final included Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D., 9th), Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga., 11th), Michael Arishita (Boerne, Texas, 15th), Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn., 23rd), and Nicholas Sterghos (Colorado Springs, Colo., 25th).


For full results from the Ottawa CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, visit triathlon.org.

IRONMAN 70.3 Costa Rica

Kevin Collington (Boulder, Colo.) was the overall champion in the men’s pro race at IRONMAN 70.3 Costa Rica in Playa del Coco on Sunday. Collington completed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 3:43:21. He shared the podium with Carlos Forero Quinchara of Colombia (3:47:58) in second and Felipe Van De Wyngard of Chile (3:49:44) in third.

In the women’s pro race, Lauren Goss (Boulder, Colo.) and Dede Griesbauer (Boulder, Colo.) reached the podium with second- and third-place finishes, respectively. Great Britain’s Leanda Cave broke the tape in 4:23:20, with Goss following in 4:18:59 and Griesbauer coming through the finish chute in 4:25:20. Kelly O’Mara (San Rafael, Calif.) also had a top-five finish with a time of 4:32:15.

Quite a day out there. On my knees to have a little rest at the finish line. And maybe just thank God I made it back to racing after 14 months of injury. Mad congrats to @leandacave for the "W" and @laurengoss for 2nd. Happy to make the podium for the 2nd week in a row. Thanks to @dibbo4 and the #jdcrew for your time, investment, wicked smart coaching and friendship. @amy_quirion for making me strong enough to withstand this sport at age 46. And to my awesome sponsors for their support! @big_sexyracing @usazone3 @reynoldscycling @ntrecovery @f2cnutrition @icefriction @rubys_lube @bonk_breaker @juiceperformer @ownwayapparel @rallysportboulder @kask_cycling @ryderseyewear @polarglobal @own_katie #trekbikes #hokaoneone Back home tomorrow and back to work. And I can't wait!

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For full results from IRONMAN 70.3 Costa Rica, visit IRONMAN.com.