Weekend Notebook: Rising Stars in Multisport Win National Titles in Greenville

By Nick Hehemann, USA Triathlon | April 15, 2019, 6:19 p.m. (ET)

USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships

Some of the best run-bike-run athletes in the country competed for national titles over the weekend in Greenville, South Carolina. Six overall champions were crowned in three different events at the 2019 USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships. The event began with Saturday’s Draft-Legal Sprint-Distance race. USA Triathlon’s Age Group Triathlete of the Year Justin Lippert (Middletown, N.J.) won the Men’s Race for his fourth national championship in the last nine months — completing the 5-kilometer run, 18-kilometer bike, 2.85-kilometer run course in 54 minutes, 6 seconds. He edged returning champion Todd Buckingham (Big Rapids, Mich.) by 10 seconds, while Ryan Giuliano (Oakwood Hills, Ill.) rounded out the podium in 54:17.

In the women’s race, 17-year-old phenom Makena Gates (Canton, Ga.; 1:02:15) broke the tape for the second straight year, narrowly edging out fellow high school star Cassidy Hickey (Parker, Colo.; 1:02:19). Age group legend Kirsten Sass (Mckenzie, Tenn.) took the overall bronze, winning her female 40-44 age group with a time of 1:02:38.

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The event picked back up Sunday with two more exciting races, starting with the Standard-Distance non-drafting Duathlon National Championships. Athletes took on the 8.45k run, 39k bike, 4.5k run course on an overcast day in Greenville. Meghan Fillnow (Charlotte, N.C.) took the overall title in the women’s race, cartwheeling across the finish line in style with a time of 1:57:54. Deanna Newman (Birmingham, Ala.; 1:59:34) brought home the silver, while Sass once again got a podium spot with a third-place finish.

Patrick Parish (Minneapolis, Minn.) earned the victory on the men’s side, breaking the tape in 1:43:23. Lee Piercy from Folsom, Calif. finished just four seconds behind him for second, while Giuliano once again rounded out the podium in 1:44:08.

Finally, the weekend closed with the Non-drafting sprint race, which had to be shortened to a super-sprint (2k run, 6k bike, 1.35k run course) to avoid an afternoon thunderstorm. In the women’s race, Cassidy Hickey defended her national title in the event, crossing the finish line so fast (24:57) that she beat the finishing tape. Fillnow, the Standard-Distance champion, was the runner-up with a time of 25:56, while Hope Frost (Suffolk, Va.) placed third in 26:05.

Todd Buckingham, the silver-medal finisher in the Draft-Legal Sprint the day before, broke the tape in the men's race with a blistering time of 21:56, while Jacob Capin (Newark, Del.) crossed the line in 22:33 for the silver. Giuliano earned his third bronze of the weekend with a time of 22:38.

For complete results from the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championships, click here.

IRONMAN 70.3 Peru

It was a USA Sweep on the women’s podium at IRONMAN 70.3 Peru. Racing on the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run course, Americans Lauren Goss (Boulder, Colo.; 4:05:56), Kinsey Laine (Bend, Ore.; 4:14:47) and Cecilia Davis-Hayes (New York, New York; 4:15:44) earned the top three spots in Sunday’s race.

U.S. Olympian Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed second in the men’s field with a time of 3:45:24. Fellow American Kevin Collington (Boulder, Colo.; 3:46:59) placed third, meaning five Americans total made the podium in Peru. Spain’s Vicente Hernandez Cabrera broke the tape with an impressive time of 3:43:40.

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Exactly one year ago I was on sleeping pills and depression meds experiencing days of insomnia at a time. Today, I had one of my best 70.3 performances at @ironman70.3peru !! Times like these are special but honestly I’m so happy that I took the time to work on myself to find happiness and not suffer from anxiety anymore. That’s the big win today- mentally healthy, happy and fit! It was so special to have @hurleysoup here with me (who won his age group) and also my favorite training partner @kevincollington getting on the podium! As always thank you to my supporters! @trekraceshop @trekbikes @ridebontrager @sramroad @ismseat @tyrsport @theinfinitloop @locklaces @juiceperformer @smithoptics @ntrecovery @blueprintfit_ and my coach @chrislieto and @matsteinmetz for my bike fit !! •Also thank you @marialuzarellano @juanmiguelraffo for the hospitality and finding me a @garmin (lost mine 🙈) •Congrats to all who competed! Thank you @ironman70.3peru 🥳

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Click here for complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Peru.

IRONMAN 70.3 Liuzhou

Kelsey Withrow (Pleasant Hill, Calif.) earned a silver medal in China at IRONMAN 70.3 Liuzhou, completing the 1.9k swim, 90k bike, 21.1k run in 4:24:30. Poland’s Agnieszka Jerzyk broke the tape in 4:15:40, while Australia’s Laura Dennis (4:29:55) came in third.

Craig Alexander of Australia won the men’s race in 3:48:49, Russia’s Ivan Kalashnikov (3:50:40) finished just under two minutes behind him in second place, and Germany’s Paul Schuster (3:51:07) took the bronze.

Check out complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Liuzhou here.