USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: April 30

By Caryn Maconi | April 30, 2018, 7:09 p.m. (ET)

ITU World Triathlon Bermuda

Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) placed third in a photo-finish at ITU World Triathlon Bermuda on Saturday, leading the U.S. women with three finishers in the top 10. The Olympic-distance 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run course was held in the seaside town of Hamilton with thousands of spectators lining the course to cheer on hometown favorite Flora Duffy. Duffy claimed the win in the women’s race with a dominant time of 2 hours, 1 minute, 39 seconds. Vicky Holand of Great Britain outsprinted Zaferes at the line, but both athletes recorded times of 2:03:25 to take second and third respectively. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) took fourth in 2:05:40, which, after also placing fourth at the World Triathlon Series opener in Abu Dhabi, was enough to give her the leads in the current WTS standings. Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) placed ninth in 2:07:02.

Three Norwegians swept the podium in the men’s race, the first men’s WTS podium sweep in history. Casper Stornes took the win in 1:54:47, followed by Kristian Blummenfelt in 1:55:08 and Gustav Iden in 1:55:10. Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) led the U.S. men’s contingent, placing 11th in 1:56:33 for a career-best WTS finish.

For complete results from ITU World Triathlon Bermuda, visit triathlon.org.

USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & High School National Championships

Nearly 1,300 athletes from 120 collegiate clubs and over 150 high school athletes competed at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & High School National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Friday and Saturday. All races were changed from triathlons to duathlons (run-bike-run) due to strong currents in the Black Warrior River that were deemed unsafe for swimming. The athletes adapted, however, recording some incredible performances through two days of racing.

The U.S. Naval Academy brought home the overall club title for the first time since 2009, finally breaking Colorado’s eight-year win streak. Colorado took second in the overall club competition, and the University of California, Berkeley, claimed third. Navy also earned the men’s club title, while Cal took top honors in the women’s club competition.

“First things first, shout-out to the weather,” said Roy Madrid of Colorado, who learned to swim this year but whose run strength was showcased in the duathlon format. “I wasn’t expecting a lot of pressure for me to do well coming in, and then once the swim got canceled it took me about 30 minutes to stop hyperventilating to actually embrace the reality of, ‘Okay, Roy, you can do this. This is where you are, this is where your fitness is, and you can really pull through for the team.’ Madrid was the runner-up in the men’s Olympic-distance race on Saturday and anchored Colorado to second place in Saturday afternoon’s Mixed Team Relay.

At the High School National Championships, Drew Shellenberger (Indianapolis, Ind.) earned his second consecutive title in the boys’ race. Gillian Cridge (Indianapolis, Ind.), who crossed the line in third place, was named girls’ national champion after the first and second-place finishers received time penalties. Sammy’s Fox Valley Region Club swept the boys’ and girls’ team titles for the second consecutive year, and won the overall team title for the third straight year. The North Georgia High School Regional Team took second place overall in the team competition.

For complete results from the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & High School National Championships, visit usatriathlon.org/ccnc2018.

IRONMAN North American Championship — The Woodlands, Texas

Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa) successfully defended his IRONMAN North American Championship title at IRONMAN Texas on Saturday, covering the 3.2-mile swim, 110-mile bike and 26-mile run in 7:39:25. His 2:34:40 run split was what secured his victory, as he pulled into the lead to edge Russia’s Ivan Tutukin by just 22 seconds. It was Hanson’s third career win at IRONMAN Texas, as he also claimed the victory in 2015. Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.) also raced well, recording an eighth-place finish with a time of 7:50:56.

Wow. What a day. So stoked to take my third #IMTX title today. What a battle, that took absolutely everything I had. Thank you all so much for all of the support and the cheers out there...I needed every ounce. Incredible battle on the run with @ivantutukin. Huge congrats to @willclarketri for rounding out the podium as well. Unfortunately, due to the bike being 2 miles short, the overall time won’t count as a world record, but I believe the marathon time was a world record for Ironman races. Will confirm. Can’t thank my support crew enough for everything they do, especially @afarmerhanson @dibbo4 @bottrillmatthew. More soon! 📸👉 @talbotcox • • • #northamericanchampion #konaqualified #roadtokona #triathlon #swimbikerun #ironmannews #ironman #battletotheend #teamhanson #jdcrew #teambottrill

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In the women’s pro race, Australia’s Melissa Hauschildt took the win in 8:31:04. Two U.S. athletes, Jodie Robertson (Melville, N.Y.) and Lesley Smith (Boulder, Colo.) placed second and third respectively in 8:42:15 and 8:43:51. Also placing top-10 for the U.S. women were Meredith Kessler of San Francisco (sixth, 8:47:43), and Darbi Roberts of New York City (10th, 8:59:03).

I am prouder of what I had to do to cross that finish line this year at IMTX than my win last year. I am proud of my ability to mentally get the most out of my body on a rough day. In a high pressure situation I was able to pull out my toolbox we are working diligently at growing, something I couldn’t do this past fall in Kona or IM Arizona. So I can hold my head high and SMILE with the excitement of knowing I will toe every start line in 2018 for the opportunity of success and not the fear of failure. Lots of gratitude for all of the pro women out there that pushed me all day! Huge shout out to the team of people who not only dream BIG with me but MAKE it happen day in and day out, especially my husband Aaron, my coach Jesse @kropelnicki my family and an amazing team of sponsors: @qt2systems @quintanarootri @rokasports @rudyprojectna @gatoradeendurance @ntrecovery @juiceperformer @wattieink @runners_edge @kleanathlete 📸@tessacapistrano

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For complete results from the IRONMAN North American Championship, visit IRONMAN.com.

St. Anthony’s Triathlon

Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.) and Sarah Haskins (Eureka, Mo.) claimed wins at the 35th annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon on Sunday, coming out on top against a competitive professional field. Lagerstrom took the men’s victory on the Olympic-distance 1,500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run course, clocking a time of 1:45:02. Jason West (Boulder, Colo.), crossed the line second in 1:46:38, followed by Cameron Dye (Boulder, Colo.) in third in 1:47:02.

In the women’s race, Haskins broke the tape with a time of 1:58:48. Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.) was the runner-up in 1:59:03, and Lauren Goss (Boulder, Colo.) rounded out the podium in 2:02:20.

For complete results from St. Anthony’s Triathlon, visit satriathlon.com.

IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella

Chris Leiferman (Longmont, Colo.) took second place in a sprint finish with winner David McNamee of Great Britain on Sunday at IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella in Spain. Both athletes recorded times of 3:57:47 over the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile course, but McNamee had the edge in the photo finish.

Germany’s Andreas Dreitz rounded out the top-three with a time of 3:58:43. Germany’s Laura Philipp won the women’s pro race with a time of 4:25:29. She was followed in second by Italy’s Marta Bernardi (4:31:29), and third went to Germany’s Daniela Sämmler (1:23:34).

IM 70.3 Marbella felt like deja vu to the first race in a year again. The beautiful Spanish course delivered perfect weather, and extraordinary terrain. . I'd be bluffing if I said I wasn’t worried about the 25Km climb of this course, especially with talent in the front of this race pushing the pace. . There was only one mission: Race smart, and put it all on the course, . Coming off the bike with David was a good marker, and indicator we'd be close on the run. The flat made for a fast run. Proud of my 5.5min/mi avg pace, coming in on the leaderboard on the run, but definitely felt the heartbreak of coming in second. . Congrats to the guys on the podium with me. Marbella put on a magnificent race. Well blocked off, zero interruptions from local traffic, and well executed. If calendars work out, definitely coming back 2019!🇪🇸🌴 . . . 📸Ingo Kutsche

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For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella, visit IRONMAN.com.