USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: March 26

By Caryn Maconi | March 26, 2018, 10:16 p.m. (ET)

New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup

Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) continued her strong start to the 2018 season at the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup on Sunday, claiming the win and earning her second consecutive World Cup podium. On the men’s side, Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) also earned back-to-back World Cup medals, fighting his way to bronze in a six-man sprint to the finish. U.S. athletes had a great day overall, as three Americans of each gender raced to top-15 finishes.

In the women’s race, Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) was fourth, narrowly missing the podium as New Zealand’s Nicole Van Der Kaay and Belgium’s Claire Michel claimed silver and bronze. Chelsea Sodaro (Seattle, Wash.) was 12th overall, less than a minute back from Spivey. Also racing were Chelsea Sodaro (Poway, Calif., 20th), Summer Cook (Thornton, Colo., 21st) and Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D., 23rd).

The men’s race was won by Australia’s Declan Wilson, while New Zealand’s Sam Ward earned silver and McElroy took the bronze. Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.) had a strong showing in seventh, while Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) and Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) were 14th and 17th respectively.

In the lead-up to the race, U.S. athletes joined other international elite athletes on visits to local schools in New Plymouth.

For complete results from the New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup, visit triathlon.org.

XTERRA Argentina

Allison Baca (Longmont, Colo.) placed third in the pro women’s field at XTERRA Argentina in San Juan on Saturday. Baca covered the 1,500-meter swim, 30-kilometer mountain bike and 9.5-kilometer trail run in 3 hours, 31 minutes, 25 seconds, finishing less than five minutes behind second-place finisher Anne-Sophie Marechal of Belgium (3:27:16). Mexico’s Fabiola Corona stormed to the win with a time of 3:14:54.

Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the top American in the men’s race, taking fourth in 2:46:53. New Zealand’s Kieran McPherson claimed the victory in 2:37:40, while Argentinians Gonzalo Tellechea (2:40:05) and Maximiliano Morales (2:43:28) took second and third respectively.

For complete results from XTERRA Argentina, visit xterraargentina.com.

XTERRA Costa Rica

Kelli Montgomery (Wallingford, Conn.) claimed the win in the women’s pro race at XTERRA Costa Rica on Sunday, covering the 1,500m swim, 29k mountain bike and 10k trail run in 3:01:02. Adilia Jimenez of the Czech Republic was second in 3:07:34, followed by two more U.S. athletes – Jessie Koltz (Reno, Nev.) and Rebecca Blatt (Lakewood, Colo.) – in third and fourth respectively (3:12:49, 3:52:40).

Josiah Middaugh (Vail, Colo.) was the runner-up in the men’s pro field, covering the course in 2:16:51. The Czech Republic’s Rom Akerson took the win in 2:12:13, while Karsten Madsen of Canada was third in 2:19:16. Also competing for the U.S. were Humberto Rivera (2:31:53) and Ian King (2:39:27), who finished sixth and ninth respectively.

After the second and third stops on the XTERRA Pan America Tour, Branden Rakita (Colorado Springs, Colo.) currently is second in the men’s overall tour standings behind leader Kieran McPherson of New Zealand. Middaugh is in eighth, Rivera is 15th and King is 19th. On the women’s side, Allison Baca (Longmont, Colo.) is second behind leader Fabiola Corona of Mexico. Montgomery is fifth, Koltz is seventh and Blatt is eighth.

For complete results from XTERRA Costa Rica, click here.