Weekend Notebook: November 5

By USA Triathlon | Nov. 05, 2018, 6:34 p.m. (ET)

Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championship

The women’s collegiate triathlon season came to a close Sunday with an exciting day of racing at the National Championships in Tempe, Arizona. There were repeat team champions in all three NCAA classes, as Arizona State University (ASU) won its third consecutive national title in Division I, Queens University of Charlotteclaimed its second in a row among Division II programs and North Central College capped off a three-peat in Division III.

Arizona State’s Hannah Henry won the Division I race, crossing the finish line in 1 hour, 1 minute, 53 seconds on the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer draft-legal bike and 5-kilometer run course.

In DI, the University of South Dakota came in second place behind ASU, while East Tennessee State University rounded out the DI podium in third. Colorado Mesa finished second behind Queens in DII, and Black Hills State University wasn’t too far behind to take the bronze. Milwaukee School of Engineering (second place) and Millikin University (third place) shared the podium along with champion North Central College in DIII.

The day also included competition at the collegiate club level. Alexandra Schwein from the University of Colorado at Boulder (1:08:48) got the win, while University of California at Berkley’s Katie Patrick (1:09:18) placed second. Megan Cooney of Colorado State University (1:09:28) was just 10 seconds back of Patrick on her way to the bronze.

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3rd place Div I Nats!!!!

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For our complete recap of the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships, click here.

Super League Mallorca

For the second event in a row, we saw an American sweep in the women’s division at Super League Triathlon. Although this time in Mallorca, Spain, the order was just a little bit different. Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.) took second place in Saturday’s Triple Mix race and won Sunday’s Sprint Enduro competition on her to way the overall women’s title.

A first and third-place finish in both races had Katie Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) sharing the podium with her American teammate in second place overall. Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) was the second woman across the finish line in the Enduro race — good enough to vault her to third on the weekend to complete the sweep for the U.S.

France’s Vincent Luis captured the men’s title in Mallorca, while South Africa’s Henri Schoeman and Great Britain’s Johnny Brownlee rounded out the podium.

With three races now completed, Zaferes is the series leader in the women’s division with 71 points overall, while Kasper isn’t too far behind in second with 54. Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands sits in third with 40 points. Next up on the Super League calendar is the final race in Singapore, February 23-24 in 2019.

For complete results from Super League Mallorca, click here.

IRONMAN 70.3 South American Championship

Meanwhile, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, some of the top triathletes from around the world were competing on Sunday at the IRONMAN 70.3 South American Championship. In the 1.9k swim, 90k bike and 21k run course, the U.S. had representation on the podium of both the men’s and women’s races.

Rodolphe (Rudy) Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.) took the crown in the men’s race, breaking the tape with a time of 3:46:16. He finished over four minutes ahead of the next-best competitor, as Brazil’s Reinaldo Colucci (3:50:35) and Santiago Ascenco (3:51:46) rounded out the podium. Alex Libin (Colorado Springs, Colo.; 3:55:09) and Kevin Collington (Boulder, Colo.; 3:58:11) also cracked the top 10, finishing fifth and seventh, respectively.

American Lauren Goss (Boulder, Colo.) finished just 40 seconds off the lead for a silver-medal performance in the women’s race. Brazil’s Pamella Oliveira broke the tape with a time of 4:19:37, while Argentina’s Romina Palacio (4:25:38) earned the bronze racing in her home country. U.S. athletes Cecilia Davis-Hayes (New York, New York; 4:28:27) and Laura Mathews (Memphis, Tenn.; 4:34:44) placed fourth and fifth.

Head to ironman.com for the complete results from the IRONMAN 70.3 South American Championship.

IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos

A total of five Americans raced their way to top-10 finishes in the men’s and women’s races at IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos in Mexico on Sunday.

On the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run course, U.S. athletes placed fifth through seventh in the women’s division. Carly Johann (Culver City, Calif.; 4:37:44) took the No. 5 spot, while Christen Brown (Longmont, Colo.; 4:49:37) and Adelaide Perr (Boulder, Colo.; 4:58:58) placed sixth and seventh. Australia’s Ellie Salthouse (4:17:36) and Carrie Lester (4:22:01) claimed the top two spots on the day, and Canada’s Heather Wurtele (4:24:49) finished in third.

Eric Lagerstrom (Portland, Ore.; 4:03:33) was the top U.S. finisher for the men, taking seventh overall. Fellow American Curtiss Feltner (Bend, Ore.) just made it into the top 10 by placing ninth with a time of 4:05:44. Australia’s Sam Appleton won the race with a time of 3:48:43. Mauricio Mendez Cruz (3:53:29) placed second racing in his home country, while Australia’s Joe Gambles rounded out the podium in 3:57:42.

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Got my first flat in a race in years today, riding solidly in 2nd place. Fixed it, clawed my way up to 4th by T2, 3rd by 3k on the run, and then the wheels fully came off. ⠀⠀ I’ve never wanted to drop out of a race so badly in my life, heading out onto lap 2 of the run. I figure that’s a slippery slope though, so I got myself across the line to wrap up 2018 with a 6th place instead of a DNF. Fire in the belly, rather than regret. Congrats to Sam Appleton for the win, and to everyone who raced hard. 📸 @draeor⠀⠀ It’s been a crazy year, and despite a big injury, and this bummer flat, it’s been a big success in my mind. I’ve learned a ton, have plans for making next season as optimal as possible, and am looking forward to an all-out assault on 70.3 worlds. Thanks to everyone who’s followed along, said kind words, and especially my team who supports me daily; my parents, my coach Paulo, my girlfriend Paula, and all of my incredible sponsors. ⠀⠀ Time for some rest ✌️ #im703loscabos #im703 #triathlon_world

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Head to ironman.com for the full results from IRONMAN 70.3 Los Cabos.