USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: Sept. 5

By Caryn Maconi | Sept. 05, 2017, 11:12 p.m. (ET)

Karlovy Vary ITU Triathlon World Cup

Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo.) earned her second consecutive World Cup medal with a third-place finish at the Karlovy Vary ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sunday. Cook covered the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 56 seconds. Australia’s Gillian Backhouse took the win in 2:03:29, and the Czech Republic’s Vendula Frintova was second in front of her home crowd in 2:04:31. Chelsea Sodaro (Poway, Calif.) also had a strong race, finishing seventh in 2:06:05 for a career best World Cup performance.

In the men’s race, Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.) was the top U.S. finisher in 17th, just over a minute out from a podium spot. Norway’s Gustav Iden came away with the win in 1:49:06, Alessandro Fabian of Italy took second in 1:49:39, and Tayler Reid of New Zealand completed the podium in 1:50:22. Also representing the U.S. was Alec Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif.), who placed 40th with a time of 1:55:39.

Really pleased with my 3rd place finish in Karlovy Vary this morning. The day started with a mechanical and I wasn't sure I would be able to start. @pstriathlon and the mechanic at the race start saved me big time! Brief summary of the race: fantastic swim, worst T1 in the history of triathlon, pushed out of comfort zone on bike (proud of that but need to be better), ran hard and absolutely thrilled to be on the podium in this race. I came here to get pushed out of my comfort zone on the bike. Its challenging starting a race knowing that it's not a course that suits you and risking failure and total embarrassment. I know that in order to achieve my goals in this sport I need to be better about pushing myself out of my comfort zone on the bike and I'm working at it. PS - if you like chocolate KV is the best place to podium πŸ‘πŸ«

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Zofingen ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships

A talented field of age-groupers and elites raced at the ITU Powerman Long Distance Triathlon World Championships on Sunday in Zofingen, Switzerland. Alistair Eeckman (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed tenth in the men’s elite field, covering the 10k run, 150k bike and 30k run in 6:50:01.

Team USA age-group athletes came away with two medals, as Kari Giles (Marietta, Ga., F35-39) and Cora Sturzl (Malaga, Wash., F50-54) each took bronze in their respective age groups.

For complete results from the ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championships, visit

Women’s Collegiate Triathlon Central Regional Qualifier

The 2017 women’s varsity collegiate triathlon season kicked off on Monday, as 51 athletes raced at the Central Regional Qualifier in Naperville, Illinois. Arizona State University (Division I) dominated the day, as Sun Devil athletes placed first through seventh individually and earned the team title. Hannah Henry took the overall win, covering the 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run in 1:00:06. Katie Gorczyca took second in 1:00:27, and Kyla Roy completed the podium in 1:00:50.

East Tennessee State University (Division I) and the University of West Alabama (Division II) were the second and third-placed varsity programs, finishing fourth and fifth in the team standings. Cornell University and the University of Minnesota, both collegiate club programs, were the second and third teams on the podium. North Central College was the top Division III school, placing sixth in its home race, followed by Centenary College of Louisiana (Division III) in seventh.


Click here for complete results from the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon Central Regional Qualifier. Visit for more information about triathlon as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women.

Des Moines Escape Triathlon

U.S. athletes took five of six podium spots in the pro races at the Des Moines Escape Triathlon on Sunday, led by women’s overall champion Lauren Goss (Boulder, Colo.). Goss completed the 1,500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run in 1:55:32.

Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya came away with the win in the men’s pro race, breaking the tape in 1:42:38. Jason West (Boulder, Colo.) was less than a minute behind Gomez in second (1:43:25), and Rudy Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.) completed the top-three in 1:44:39.

Click here for complete results from the Des Moines Escape Triathlon.