Weekend Notebook: Americans Strike Gold on IRONMAN Circuit

By Nick Hehemann, USA Triathlon | April 10, 2019, 7:45 p.m. (ET)

USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & High School National Championships

Roughly 1,200 collegiate and high school triathletes came to Tempe, Arizona from April 5-6 for two exciting days of racing at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club & High School National Championships. The event started with a sibling duo from UC San Diego stealing the show. In the men's draft-legal race, Jayden Schofield broke the tape, completing the 750-meter swim, 21-kilometer bike and 5.1-kilometer run course in 59 minutes, 7 seconds. His teammate and twin brother Luke joined him on the podium with a third-place finish in 59:43. Mike Meehan from the University of Colorado at Boulder took second with a time of 59:34.

Army’s Emily Landeryou got the victory in the women’s draft-legal race, crossing the finish line in 1:08:45. Alexandra Schwein made it back-to-back runner-up finishes for Colorado with a time of 1:09:20, while Tereza Zimovjanova of Queens University of Charlotte rounded out the podium in 1:09:47.

Following the Men’s and Women’s Draft-Legal Races were the High School National Championships. Junior Drew Shellenberger from Southport High School in Indianapolis, Indiana captured his third consecutive national title at the event, completing the course in 1:01:33. He’ll aim for a four-peat next year.

Meanwhile, in the girls’ race, Cassidy Hickey (Parker, Colo.; 1:10:15) got the victory, earning redemption after a second-place finish in 2018.

On Saturday, a Paralympic gold medalist inspired everyone with her performance. Paratriathlete Grace Norman became just the second adaptive athlete to ever race in the Collegiate Club Nationals Olympic-Distance field — not in a paratriathlon-specific division. She represented Cedarville University and finished 26th among all women with a time of 2:25:21 on the 1,500-meter swim, 41k bike and 10k run course.

History was made in that same race, as Colorado State University’s Hayley Belles (2:18:06), Meghan Smith (2:18:21) and Katrina Lems (2:18:59) earned the first ever podium sweep at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships.

Jack Felix of Queens broke the tape on the men’s side, crossing the finish line in 1:55:18. Roy Madrid (1:55:59) of the University of Colorado placed second, while USA Triathlon Male Age Group Triathlete of the Year Justin Lippert (1:57:21) rounded out the top three to make it two Queens athletes on the podium.

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My final collegiate race is in the books and this time it's an actual Triathlon. When I first decided to get into the sport I had an idea that I could be successful, but the performances I've been able to have with just 18 months of consistent training have been a wonderful surprise. I wouldn't have wanted to do it with any other team. Huuuggeee thank you to everyone for all the support I've received throughout this time. . . . S/O to @milkmemike and @jtolandtri for keeping me in line this season, teaching me, and being overall tremendous teammates. I don't think I would've stayed accountable, learned how to draft, and kept grinding if it wasn't for y'all. Thank you. . . . Side Notes: Yes, my shoulder is wrecked in the bike photo. But, it's still the fastest shoulder on the day ๐Ÿ˜‰. . . Still have little to no idea what I'm doing at the swim start, swimming in general. . . Oh, right. I finished 2nd this year fyi.

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For complete results from the Collegiate Club and High School National Championships, click here

IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside

While the college and high school athletes were vying for national titles, Americans were standing atop the podium at IRONMAN races all around the world. In California, U.S. Olympian Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) broke the tape at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside, completing the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run course in 3:49:25. Americans went 1-2 on the podium, as Rudy Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.; 3:49:37) took the silver, finishing just 12 seconds back of Kanute. Great Britain’s Adam Bowden earned the bronze with a time of 3:53:53. Justin Metzler (Iowa City, Iowa) rounded out the top five with a time of 3:57:06.

Four-time defending IRONMAN World Champion Daniela Ryf of Switzerland won the women’s race in 4:09:19. Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence (4:14:06) and Australia’s Ellie Salthouse (4:16:41) joined her on the podium. Heather Jackson (Bend, Ore.) was the lone American in the top five, completing the course in 4:18:23 for fifth.

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Solid 5th for me today in such a deep field๐Ÿ˜€ I will take it for early 2019! Stoked with my ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ as iโ€™ve really been working on it- thank you @hokaoneone for my fresh Carbon Rockets๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Massive congrats to @danielaryf on such a dominating win, all of the other professional females for great racing and bringing the best out in everyone, and all other finishers for your accomplishment! Thank you so much to the fans on course today- as always, one of the best races EVER for that! And thank you to all of the volunteers out there!!! To my sponsors- THANK YOU... my husband @wattieink , my coach @joegambles , my family who were here.... and all of you for the continued support! 2019 is underway๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Š๐ŸปโœŒ๐ŸปThank you so much @topho for these ๐Ÿ“ท#im703oceanside #triathlon

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For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside, click here.

IRONMAN African Championship

Another Ben represented the U.S. with an IRONMAN victory over the weekend. Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo.) took gold in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa at the IRONMAN African Championship. He completed the shortened 1.6k swim, 180k bike and 42.2k run course in 7:34:19. Germany’s Nils Frommhold (7:40:12) and Austria’s Michael Weiss (7:42:35) rounded out the podium.

Lauren Brandon (Fort Worth, Texas) barely missed out on a podium spot for the U.S. in the women’s race, placing fourth with a time of 8:53:35. Great Britain’s Lucy Charles-Barclay (8:35:31), Spain’s Gurutze Frades (8:40:47) and South Africa’s Annah Watkinson (8:43:18) made up the podium.

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I had a great race today here @imsouthafrica . Unfortunately we had a shortened swim due to the choppy waters, but I still remained focused and raced hard from the start. I swam well, had a strong bike, and ran my fastest ever marathon. While I executed the race that I wanted to and got 4th, I did not get my Kona spot. Summer Ironman here I come ๐Ÿ˜€ This race was truly amazing and a huge thank you to the thousands of fans cheering us all on during the run! I got goosebumps when I kept running past this young USA crew cheering me on so loudly! So awesome! Such an incredible place to come to for a race and I would highly recommend you put it on your calendar! ๐Ÿ“ท @thisisjrad

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For complete results from the IRONMAN African Championship, click here.

IRONMAN 70.3 Texas

The American IRONMAN dominance continued at IRONMAN 70.3 Texas. On the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run course, U.S. athletes swept the men’s podium. Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda, Ill.) broke the tape in 3:43:26, more than four minutes ahead of the next closest competitor. Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa; 3:47:47) and Matt Russell (Sarasota, Fla.; 3:48:44) rounded out the podium.

South Africa’s Jeanni Seymour earned the victory in the women’s race with a time of 4:01:44, while Lesley Smith (Boulder, Colo.; 4:04:34) and Jackie Hering (Cottage Grove, Wis.; 4:05:56) took silver and bronze, respectively.

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Yesterday I kicked off the season with Texas 70.3. Goal was to simply dust off those cobwebs. Especially since my last 70.3 was nearly 10 months ago. A half always feels like a sprint to me compared to my preferred distance of the full Ironman. I had a rather subpar swim with a strong bike/run combo and surprised myself with a personal best time of 3:48 which landed me on the podium. I also rode a personal best bike split of 1:59:59 on the new @tririg Omni. I couldn't have done it without the support of my family and sponsors: @tririg @theinfinitloop @on_running @ownwayapparel @altocycling @amphuman @deboerwetsuits @oofos Congrats to @tri_starky and @matthansontri for 1&2 and all other athletes who raced. ๐Ÿ“ธ @scottflathousephoto

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For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Texas, click here.