CLEVELAND, Ohio — An exciting weekend of racing at the Toyota 2019 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships concluded Sunday at Edgewater Park with more than 1,600 competing for sprint-distance national titles.
A pair of new champions were crowned on the 750-meter swim in Lake Erie, 20-kilometer bike through the streets of downtown Cleveland and 5-kilometer run course ending at USA Triathlon’s iconic red-carpet finish chute within Edgewater Park.
Gabi Broschard (West Lafayette, Ind.), 23, won the women’s national title, while Travis Wood (Boise, Idaho), 24, took the men’s national title.
A collegiate steeplechaser at Purdue University, Broschard did a few triathlons with her dad as a teen before committing full-time to her running career through school. She’s now training for triathlon for the first time in her athletic career, in June joining USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Recruitment Program, which fast-tracks the talent transfer of single-sport collegiate runners and swimmers who have the potential to be elite triathletes. Among the Collegiate Recruitment Program’s former talents are 2016 Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen and Katie Zaferes, the world’s current No. 1 ranked women’s triathlete and medal hopeful for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Broschard, who looks up to Zaferes — also a former collegiate steeplechaser — showed off her collegiate track and field speed and overall athleticism Sunday to clock a winning time of 1 hour, 6 minutes 27 seconds.
“That’s the beauty of the [Collegiate Recruitment Program]. She’s been building the skills needed in order to be a successful triathlete her whole life, but only now has she begun to put it together in triathlon,” said Collegiate Recruitment Program manager, Joe Maloy, a 2016 Olympian. “There are lots of athletes out there who are just like Gabi and we need to introduce them to triathlon.”
Broschard, a graduate student at Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine, plans to race more triathlons this fall to gain experience as she transitions from collegiate runner to full-time triathlete.
“Everyone’s trajectory is totally different,” said Broschard. “I really look up to Katie (Zaferes) and the way that she does things, and Gwen (Jorgensen), too. Katie has been an awesome inspiration for me. I just think she handles things really well and I look up to her a lot.”
Dani Fischer (Greenfield, Ind.), 31, finished overall women’s runner-up for the second consecutive day, adding another 30-34 age group title, with a time of 1:06:55. Emily Tato (Cambridge, Mass.), 29, placed third in 1:07:35, winning the 25-29 age group.
The men’s race also featured a former collegiate runner taking the national title. Wood ran track and field and cross country at Boise State University, and flexed his strong running speed to run away with his first national championship in a time of 58:01, more than a minute ahead of runner-up Christopher Douglas (Atlanta, Ga.), 28, who won his 25-29 age group in a time of 59:23. Scott Haeberle (Bloomington, Ind.), 25, took third, in 59:32.
“I knew I could do this. It’s been a lot of training all year,” said Wood, who will compete at the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships in August in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in September. “Yesterday I had an OK bike. I couldn’t find power for the first half of the ride. I had a pretty good run. I always race better the second day here. … I got super hyped last night. I got in the zone today. I didn’t know if my body would show up. I’ve been super stoked.”
In total, 30 national champions were crowned in their respective age groups on Sunday. Nine athletes won national age-group titles on both Saturday and Sunday.
Ginger Reiner, Saturday’s Olympic-distance Masters champion, added a sprint-distance Masters title, winning her 40-44 age group. Tony Schiller, Saturday’s Olympic-distance Grand Masters champion, took the sprint-distance Grand Masters title, winning the 60-64 title.
Other double winners from the weekend include: Fischer (30-34); Sarah Bishop (Beavercreek, Ohio, 35-39); Daniel Stubleski (Washington, Mich., 40-44); Becky Youngberg (Eden Prairie, Minn., 45-49); Lee Walther (Oklahoma City, Okla., 55-59); Gregory Taylor (Yankton, S.D., 65-69) and Lockett Wood (Lyons, Colo., 80-84).
A triathlete since 1985, Schiller is among the athletes who qualified on Sunday for Team USA, a team of amateur age-group athletes who compete in the International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) world championships.
“Other sports (swimming, biking and running) don’t have true (age-group) world championship competition because people don’t go to qualifiers and they don’t have legitimate qualifiers (like triathlon),” Schiller said. “That’s what’s neat with us. It’s just that everyone wants to go (and compete) and you see friends.”
The top eight finishers in each age group sat Sprint-Distance Nationals secured a spot for the 2020 ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championshps in Edmonton, Alberta, which will feature a draft-legal format for the Sprint World Championships. Athletes may also qualify for the Sprint World Championships with a top finish at the USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Sprint National Championships in Tempe, Arizona, on Nov. 16.
For more information on Team USA, comprised of the nation’s top amateur multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championship event, visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa.
After two years in Cleveland, Age Group Nationals moves to Milwaukee in 2020, with races taking place Aug. 7-9. Milwaukee hosted the event from 2013-15, and the city is one of only two in history to have hosted for three consecutive years. Its 5,789 registrants in 2014 remains an Age Group National Championships record.
In 2020, racing will begin Aug. 7, with a 750-meter open water swim competition. The open water swim is open to anybody, and no qualification is required to compete. On Aug. 8 athletes will toe the line for the qualification-based Age Group Olympic-Distance National Championships, which feature a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run.
The action continues Aug. 9 with the Age Group Sprint National Championships, held on a 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run course. For the first time in Age Group Nationals history, the sprint-distance race will require qualification to participate, similar to the Olympic-distance.
In 2020, for both the sprint- and Olympic-distance races, an open wave will be available for athletes who do not meet the qualification criteria but still wish to participate. The open waves, capped at 150 men and women each, do not require qualification. Open wave participants will not be eligible for National Championship awards or Team USA qualification; however, non-championship awards will be presented in five-year age groups.
Registration for the 2020 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships for all qualified athletes and open wave participants will open online on Monday, Aug. 12. Visit usatriathlon.org/agnc2020 for complete information for the 2020 Toyota USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships.
Find full recaps, photo galleries and archived live stream video from the two days of racing in Cleveland at Age Group Nationals at usatriathlon.org/agnc2019.
2019 Toyota USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships
750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
Sprint-Distance National Champions — Complete Results
Overall Female: Gabi Broschard (West Lafayette, Ind.), 1:06:27
Overall Male: Travis Wood (Boise, Idaho), 58:01
Masters Female: Ginger Reiner (Lincoln, Ma.), 1:08:54
Masters Male: Robert Skaggs (Solana Beach, Calif.), 1:01:29
Grand Masters Female: Kelly Dippold (Irvine, Calif.), 1:11:20
Grand Masters Male: Tony Schiller (Eden Prairie, Minn.), 1:08:36
F15-19: Alexandra Poole (Farmington, Conn.), 1:07:37
M15-19: Carter Brand (Castle Pines, Colo.), 1:02:05
F20-24: Gabi Broschard (West Lafayette, Ind.), 1:06:27
M20-24: Travis Wood (Boise, Idaho), 58:01
F25-29: Emily Tato (Cambridge, Mass.), 1:07:35
M25-29: Christopher Douglas (Atlanta, Ga.), 59:23
F30-34: Dani Fischer (Greenfield, Ind.), 1:06:55
M30-34: Brian Reynolds (Richland, Mich.), 1:00:44
F35-39: Sarah Bishop (Beavercreek, Ohio), 1:08:24
M35-39: Jeremy Lindauer (Springfield, N.J.), 1:02:39
F40-44: Ginger Reiner (Lincoln, Ma.), 1:08:54
M40-44: Daniel Stubleski (Washington, Mich.), 1:01:36
F45-49: Becky Youngberg (Eden Prairie, Minn.), 1:09:25
M45-49: Vachee Loughran (Glenview, Ill.), 1:02:43
F50-54: Lauren Jensen McGinnis (Muskego, Wis.), 1:11:57
M50-54: Robert Skaggs (Solana Beach, Calif.), 1:01:29
F55-59: Kelly Dippold (Irvine, Calif.), 1:11:20
M55-59: Lee Walther (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 1:06:00
F60-64: Sharon Johnson (Andover, Mass.), 1:18:36
M60-64: Tony Schiller (Eden Prairie, Minn.), 1:08:36
F65-69: Carol Brown (Glenview, Ill.), 1:25:07
M65-69: Gregory Taylor (Yankton, S.D.) 1:10:38
F70-74: Kathy Calabretta (Ludington, Mich.), 1:40:36
M70-74: Freddie Ferraro (Austin, Texas), 1:20:33
F75-79: Mary Ann Bogart (Los Altos, Calif.), 1:38:34
M75-79: Tom Montemagni (Stratton, Vt.), 1:36:47
F80-84: Sharon Roggenbuck (Hillsborough, N.C.), 2:17:29
M80-84: Lockett Wood (Lyons, Colo.) 1:48:17
F85-89: Madonna Buder (Spokane, Wash.), 2:45:56
M85-89: Wayne Fong (Chatsworth, Calif.), 2:33:02
About USA Triathlon
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