USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: October 10

By Caryn Maconi | Oct. 10, 2017, 11:05 p.m. (ET)

Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup

Chelsea Sodaro (Poway, Calif.) and Kevin McDowell (Geneva, Ill.) earned silver and bronze medals, respectively, at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup this weekend in Sarasota, a race that also doubled as the USA Triathlon Elite National Championships.

Both the men’s and women’s races were changed from triathlons to duathlons due to algae levels in the lake at Nathan Benderson Park. The elite women, competing on Saturday, covered a 5-kilometer run, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run. The men’s race on Sunday was shifted to a sprint-distance course due to hot weather conditions, ultimately covering a 2.5k run, 20k bike and 5k run.

Japan’s Juri Ide took gold for the elite women, followed by Sodaro with the silver and Austria’s Julia Hauser with the bronze. Rodrigo Gonzalez of Mexico was the men’s champion, Martin Van Riel of Belgium took the runner-up spot and McDowell earned bronze.

Sodaro, Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Chelsea Burns (Seattle Wash.) completed the USA Triathlon Elite Nationals podium as the top-three American finishers in the elite women’s race, while McDowell, Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) and Tommy Zaferes (Watsonville, Calif.) took the men’s Elite Nationals podium.

Proud of my first World Cup Podium today at the Sarasota WC! Second place in the race and first place in the πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ @usatriathlon Elite Nationals. The duathlon format in the Florida heat made for a really tough day out there. Getting some epic experiences this year, thanks to @pstriathlon - coach and heat management expert extraordinaire. The "chop wood, carry water" motto that we live by in training every day makes moments like this possible. Massive thank you to @usatriathlon for supporting my pursuit to be the best triathlete I can be. I'm learning so much about myself and this sport with every race start. Thanks to @guenergylabs for sticking by me through thick and thin - today's performance was powered by Summit Tea Roctane Drink πŸ˜‰Big s/o to @ccjaker and Sarah Rhyner for hosting me all week in Clermont as I prepped for this race. The triathlon community is a special one. πŸŠπŸ»β™€οΈπŸš΄πŸΌβ™€οΈπŸƒπŸΌβ™€οΈ β€’ β€’ β€’ #GuCrew #GuForIt #EatingIsTraining #TheTriathlonSquad #Triathlon #SwimBikeRun

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For complete results from the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Triathlon World Cup, visit triathlon.org.

Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World

Cup U.S. paratriathletes earned nine medals, including three golds, at the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup held at Nathan Benderson Park on Sunday. The race, shifted from a triathlon to a duathlon, covered a 2.5-kilometer run, 18.3-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run.

The U.S. effort was led by gold medalists Ahalya Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Ill., PTWC), Amy Dixon (Encinitas, Calif., PTVI), Andrea Walton (Washington, D.C., PTS4) and Ruth-Ann Reeves (Hattiesburg, Miss., PTS5).

Allan Armstrong (Colorado Springs, Colo., PTS2), Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill., PTS2) and Ashley Eisenmenger (Tolono, Ill., PTVI) earned silver medals, while Adam Popp (Arlington, Va., PTS2) and Brandon Adame (Houston, Texas, PTVI) collected bronze.

For complete results from the Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup, visit triathlon.org.

USA Triathlon Women’s Collegiate East Regional Qualifier

Arizona State University earned its second team victory of the varsity women’s collegiate triathlon qualifying season on Saturday, taking top honors at the East Regional Qualifier held at Sarasota’s Nathan Benderson Park. The race served as the final opportunity for teams and individuals to earn berths to the Women’s Collegiate National Championship, set for Nov. 5 in Tempe, Arizona.

The competition was held in a duathlon format, as athletes completed a 2.5-kilometer run, draft-legal 18.3-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run. Forty-five athletes hit the start line in total, representing 15 different universities.

The first athlete across the line was Jocelyn Bonney (Long Beach, Calif.) in 1 hour, 4 minutes, 22 seconds. Emily Cameron of the University of Georgia finished second to Bonney in 1:04:33, but was declared the race champion due to Bonney’s ineligibility for awards as an athlete racing unattached. Cameron also earned the Division I individual title. Queens University of Charlotte’s Caitlin Roper earned the Division II individual title with a time of 1:05:46, and Trine University’s Hannah Blystone was the Division III individual champion in 1:11:05.

ASU took home the team title, followed by Queens University of Charlotte in second and East Tennessee State University in third.

Bringing home a πŸ† in our final race before nationals! #SunDevilBelieve

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For complete results from the USA Triathlon Women’s Collegiate East Regional Qualifier, visit usatriathlon.org.

USA Triathlon Age-Group Draft-Legal Triathlon World Qualifier and Open Sprint Triathlon

U.S. amateur athletes competed on a run-bike-run course at the USA Triathlon Age Group Draft-Legal World Qualifier in Sarasota on Saturday morning, followed by the Age Group Open Sprint Triathlon on Sunday morning. Both races, covered a 2.5k run, 20k bike and 5k run, with Saturday’s race featuring a draft-legal bike leg. The races were part of the larger Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival, a celebration of multisport that also included ITU Triathlon and Paratriathlon World Cups and a Women’s Collegiate East Regional Qualifier.

The top finishers in each age group at the World Qualifier earned the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2018 ITU Age Group Sprint Triathlon World Championships, a draft-legal race which will be held in Gold Coast, Australia, from Sept. 12-16.

The Open Sprint Triathlon, open to athletes of all ages and ability levels, was offered free of charge to support the Florida triathlon community after Hurricane Irma.

For complete results from the Sarasota-Bradenton Triathlon Festival, visit usatriathlon.org.