USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: April 9

By USA Triathlon | April 09, 2018, 6:03 p.m. (ET)

USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships

More than 850 athletes from all 50 states and Washington, D.C, competed at the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships in Greenville, South Carolina, over the weekend. Racing kicked off Saturday at Lakeside Park with the Draft-Legal Sprint Duathlon National Championships, in which Todd Buckingham (Big Rapids, Mich.) and Makena Gates (Canton, Ga.) were crowned overall national champions.

The action continued Sunday with the Non-Drafting Standard and Non-Drafting Sprint National Championships. Alex Arman (Boulder, Colo.) and Aimee Phillippi-Taylor (Glenville, Pa.) took top honors in the standard distance, while Taylor Huseman (Milford, Iowa) and Cassidy Hickey (Parker, Colo.) earned overall national titles in the non-drafting sprint.

In all three races this weekend, top finishers in each age group earned the opportunity to represent Team USA in duathlon competition at the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival in Pontevedra, Spain.

we're going to worlds! #2019 #usatdu #spain

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*!!RACE REPORT!!* So yesterday I had one of the best races of my life, and came out with 2nd overall and 1st in my age group at the @usatriathlon Sprint Duathlon National Championships! The first run was 3 miles, in which I set a PR of 16:13. I pushed hard but held back because I knew I had to save my energy for the bike. My transitions (T1 and T2 as well) were the fastest out of the entire field, with a combined time of 1 minute and 13 seconds. Out of T1 I was 7th on the road, but I caught and passed the 1st place athlete 10k into the 18k bike leg. I pushed hard in order to form a gap, as I knew this athlete was a much stronger runner than myself. I was first into T2 after putting up the fastest bike split by well over a minute, with a time of 26:38. Exiting T2, I had a 15 second lead over second. Unfortunately, this gap was not enough as I was caught with around 1.25k to go. My final 2.85k run time was 9:39. My total time was 53:42. Second place in my age group was around 4 minutes behind me. I want say thank you to my cycling/running/multisport coach @lapossum1999 and my dad/taxi/mechanic/track coach @farmercole ! I also want to say thank you to my teammates @palmercycling for their support and our sponsors as well! On to Denmark in July and Spain in 2019!

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I put this post-it note in my wallet July of 2017. Ever since I saw Might Ducks 2 and Miracle I have always wanted to represent Team USA and wear the Red, White, & Blue. Well this weekend down in Greenville, SC I did just that at USAT Duathlon Nationals. I am beyond excited to say I qualified in the draft legal sprint to represent Team USA! Dreams really do come true. I cannot wait for Spain in 2019 and dawn the RWB! The blood, sweat, tears, 5 am wake up calls, and late night workouts have all accumulated to this. I cannot thank my number one supporter and my rock @alexmorey9 for putting up with me through my best and worst times and being there for me no matter what. Thank you so much to my family and friends for the support! Also shout out to @zootsports for the speedy suit and all my fellow GL Zoot team members! I look forward to seeing what the rest of the season has to hold Now time to learn some Spanish! Draft Legal Sprint: 8th place Standard distance: 20th place (Possible rolldown to qualify, fingers crossed) #usatdu #teamzootgl #teamzoot #zootsports #duathlon

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I Spent the weekend in South Carolina for Duathlon National Championships. There were about 1000 athletes from all over the country so that’s pretty big for a Duathlon. Saturday was the draft-legal race. It was both outrageously fun and hard at the same time. It was rainy & slippery and the course had a lot of U-turns. I ended up 4th in my age category. Sunday I did the long-course race on some tired legs! I ran well, biked horrendously, ran decent and finished with a smile on my face. It was in the 30’s with hills & wind. I was shocked to learn that despite what I thought was a bad performance, I finished 2nd in 35-39 age group. (There were only 14 guys though.) Apparently everyone else had a rough time on the bike too. Thanks Janna for your endless encouragement and support which has kept me from hanging up the shoes a long time ago. Also thanks @gatoradeendurance for your wonderful partnership these last 5 years. It was so great catching up with some friends from Charlotte, Greenville and here in Florida. I met so many wonderful people over the weekend too. Congrats Glenn, Greg, Bob, Sean, Jon and everyone else for your accomplishments. #usatdu #yeahthatgreenville #runstpete #sunnyrunner #duathlon #runbikerun #formulatedforfarther

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For complete results from the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships, visit

IRONMAN 70.3 Texas

Ben Kanute (Phoenix, Ariz.) reached the top step of the podium in the men’s pro race at IRONMAN 70.3 Texas on Sunday, edging runner-up Michael Weiss of Austria by less than a minute. Kanute covered the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 1 hour, 14 minutes, 16 seconds. Weiss crossed the line in 3:45:40, followed by Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.) in 3:46:30. Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa) was just off the podium in fourth in 3:46:48, and Matt Russell (Sarasota, Fla.) took seventh in 3:49:33.

Australians Melissa Hauschildt and Mirinda Carfrae went 1-2 in the women’s pro race, finishing in 4:07:55 and 4:09:50 respectively. Heather Wurtele rounded out the top-three with a time of 4:09:59. Six U.S. women finished in the top 10, led by Jodie Robertson (Melville, N.Y.) in fifth (4:14:58). Also placing top-10 were Haley Chura (Bozeman, Mont., 6th), Holly Benner (Bethlehem, Pa., 7th), Danielle Dingman (Branson, Mo., 8th), Christen Brown (Longmont, Colo., 9th) and Robin Pomeroy (Folsom, Calif., 10th).

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Texas, visit

IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside

Sarah True (Hanover, N.H.) finished third in the women’s pro race at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside in California on Saturday, covering the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1 mile run in 4:21:53. Germany’s Anne Haug took the win, clocking a 4:12:03, and Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence was the runner-up in 4:16:26. Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.) took fourth in 4:23:53. Also placing in the top-10 were Jennifer Spieldenner (Findlay, Ohio, 7th), Kelsey Withrow (Walnut Creek, Calif., 8th) and Sky Moench (Holladay, Utah, 9th).

In the men’s pro race, Germany’s Jan Frodeno came away with the win in 3:45:05. Canada’s Lionel Sanders was second with a time of 3:48:48, and Australia’s Tim Reed took third in 3:53:08. Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.) was the top American in fourth, clocking a 3:54:11, and Rudy Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.) rounded out the top five in 3:56:48. Also earning top-10 finishes were Jesse Thomas (Bend, Ore., 6th), Alex Libin (Colorado Springs, Colo., 7th), Kennett Peterson (Boulder, Colo., 8th) and Scott DeFilippis (Encinitas, Calif., 9th).

Old man strength is real. Going into the race yesterday, I honesty didn’t think I’d finish. I’d run about 7 miles combined in the last 3 weeks, and spent a lot less time in the pool with an abdominal strain. Like I said earlier, I wasn’t even sure until Friday that I’d race. The plan from coach @purplepatchfitness was to swim and bike, then likely jog a mile or two and be done. But, I could keep running as long as it didn’t start to hurt. Well, it held out for a surprisingly solid 13 miles and a 6th place! Of course, everything else hurt a whole lot, and still does this morning! . It certainly didn’t feel good, I felt like I was “grunting” my way through most of the race as pictured in that bike pic by @whistlepig56. And isn’t my best result here but given the field (3 world champs in the top 3) and the last few weeks, I’m super stoked, even legitimately surprised. The years of “base” really do add up, and the fact our bodies can do what they do sometimes amazes me. Of course there is no motivation (or pain suppressant) like having your family cheering you on from the sideline. I thought about them a lot out there, they really do become the motivation when all else fades. . Massive thanks to my sponsors, family, coach, friends and crazy ass fans. And huge congrats to @janfrodeno (who Jude got to meet) for an absolutely crushing win and course record, coming back after a long winter from a disappointing Kona. Jan’s a dad and good dude so massive respect, insane performance. . Now it’s time to go make a deposit into the family tank, and surprise Jude with Legoland, which he doesn’t even know exists! I don’t know who’s gonna be more stoked, me or him! . Run and hangout pics from @fleshmanflyer. Awesome snot rocket bike shot from @whistlepig56, and running video from buddies @zealiosskincare.

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For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside, visit