Weekend Notebook: Emerging Sport for Women Takes Over Tempe

By Nick Hehemann, USA Triathlon | Nov. 18, 2019, 2:01 p.m. (ET)

Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships

A record field of 126 student-athletes from 25 varsity teams around the country took over Tempe, Arizona on Saturday for the sixth annual Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships. Three schools repeated as national champions in their respective divisions, with Arizona State earning its fourth straight title in Division I. Queens University of Charlotte captured its fifth straight title in DII and North Central College won its fourth consecutive championship in DIII.

The University of South Dakota took second overall among DI schools, while East Tennessee State came in third. Davis & Elkins College and Black Hills State University got the team silver and bronze in DII. Trine University and Millikin University rounded out the DIII podium in second and third, respectively.

The Sun Devils took the top two individual spots in DI on their way to the team title, with Kyla Roy breaking the tape and teammate Audrey Ernst finishing 30 seconds back for the silver. South Dakota’s Leah Drengenberg earned bronze.

In DII, Natalia Hidalgo Martinez of Davis & Elkins College earned the victory, finishing ahead of Queens University of Charlotte athletes Natalie Bash and Sam McInnes, who came in second and third.

North Central’s Madelyn Scopp won the DIII race, narrowly beating out runner-up finisher Amira Faulknere from Trine University. Fellow North Central athlete Annika Cotner joined Scopp on the podium in third.

Triathlon became an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women in 2014 and is on pace to become a full-fledged NCAA sport in the next few years.

Distance: 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run

NCAA Division I Team Podium

1. Arizona State University, 8 points

2. University of South Dakota, 18 points

3. East Tennessee State University, 29 points

NCAA Division II Team Podium

1. Queens University of Charlotte, 12 points

2. Davis & Elkins College, 17 points

3. Black Hills State University, 33 points

NCAA Division III Team Podium

1. North Central College, 10 points

2. Trine University, 25 points

3. Millikin University, 28 points

NCAA Division I Individual Podium

1. Kyla Roy (Arizona State University), 1:05:22

2. Audrey Ernst (Arizona State University), 1:05:52

3. Leah Drengenberg (University of South Dakota), 1:07:21

NCAA Division II Individual Podium

1. Natalia Hidalgo Martinez (Davis & Elkins College), 1:06:30

2. Natalie Bash (Queens University of Charlotte), 1:07:10

3. Sam McInnes (Queens University of Charlotte), 1:07:36

NCAA Division III Individual Podium

1. Madelyn Scopp (North Central College), 1:11:08

2. Amira Faulknere (Trine University), 1:11:27

3. Annika Cotner (North Central College), 1:12:41

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Click here for complete results from the 2019 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships.

USA Triathlon Age Group Draft-Legal National Championships

A photo-finish at the USA Triathlon Age Group Draft-Legal National Championships made for a thrilling start to the day in Tempe. The event took place in conjunction with the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships, as part of the Sun Devil Draft-Legal Classic at Tempe Town Lake.

More than 400 athletes competed in the second annual national championship event, which featured fast, exciting draft-legal racing. The draft-legal format, which encourages athletes to ride in packs and work together on the bike course, is similar to the elite style of ITU racing and is gaining popularity at the age-group level.

In the men’s race, 24-year-old Jeff Gautreau (Tucson, Ariz.) narrowly beat out Benedikt Bettin — a German athlete who competes on the University of Colorado collegiate club team — in an incredible sprint to the finish line to take the overall title.

Kemper Reback (North Palm Beach, Fla.) won the age group national championship in the women’s race. Heidi Jurankova was the first woman across the line in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 24 seconds, but the Czech athlete is not eligible for a national title as she is not a U.S. citizen. Gabrielle Broschard (West Lafayette, Ind.) crossed the line second in 1:02:46, but is also ineligible for awards because she holds a USA Triathlon Elite card.

Distance: 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run

Overall Male Age Group National Champion: Jeff Gautreau (Tucson, Ariz.), 57:04

Overall Female Age Group National Champion: Kemper Reback (North Palm Beach, Fla.), 1:03:18

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Click here for complete results from Draft-Legal Nationals.

Formosa CAMTRI Triathlon American Cup

While Tempe hosted Draft-Legal and Women’s Collegiate Nationals, Tempe-based Project Podium Athlete Darr Smith earned his first professional win at the Formosa CAMTRI Triathlon American Cup in Argentina. Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) broke the tape roughly a minute ahead of Chile’s Diego Moya, who got the silver. Felix Duchampt rounded out the men’s podium in third. U.S. athletes Marc Dubrick and Tony Smoragiewicz took 10th and 13th, respectively.

South Korea’s Yun-Jung Jang won the women’s race, while Chile’s Macarena Salazar and Mexico’s Vanesa De La Torre got the silver and bronze.

Distance: 1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run

Elite Men’s Podium

1. Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga.), 1:48:41

2. Diego Moya (CHI), 1:49:55

3. Felix Duchampt (ITU), 1:50:14

Elite Women’s Podium

1. Yun-Jung Jang (KOR), 2:07:42

2. Macarena Salazar (CHI), 2:07:44

3. Vanesa De La Torre (MEX), 2:08:20

Click here for full results from the Formosa CAMTRI Triathlon American Cup.