Weekend Notebook: Black Hills State Hosts Women's Collegiate Triathlon West Regional Qualifier

By Nick Hehemann, USA Triathlon | Sept. 16, 2019, 2:41 p.m. (ET)

Women’s Collegiate Triathlon West Regional Qualifier

The women’s collegiate triathlon season is now halfway complete after the West Regional Qualifier in Butte County, South Dakota on Sunday. Black Hills State University hosted the event — USA Triathlon’s second regional qualifier of the season, with one more to go next month before the National Championships in November.

Arizona State University continued its usual display of excellence, capturing the Division I team title and sweeping the individual podium. Colorado Mesa University took first among Division II schools, landing two of its athletes on the top two spots on the podium. The University of South Dakota was the Division I runner up and Black Hills State came in second in Division II.

Kyla Roy had the fastest time of the day on her way to the individual DI gold medal, while Sun Devils teammate Audrey Ernst was second across the line. Mesa’s Mazzy Jackson got the victory in Division II, while fellow teammate Abigail White got the silver. Mathilde Bernard of Black Hills State came in third in front of the many spectators and fellow collegiate athletes at her school who came out to support.

Ellery Kiefer of Northern Vermont University was the first athlete across the finish line in Division III. Her teammate, Jacqueline McCullough, came in second.

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

Division I Team Results

1. Arizona State University — 6 points

2. University of South Dakota — 19 points

Division II Team Results

1. Colorado Mesa University — 7 points

2. Black Hills State University — 16 points

Division I Individual Podium

1. Kyla Roy (ASU), 1:01:12

2. Audrey Ernst (ASU), 1:01:28

Division II Individual Podium

1. Mazzy Jackson (CMU), 1:06:04

2. Abigail White (CMU), 1:06:17

Division III Individual Podium

1. Ellery Kiefer (NVU), 1:15:41

2. Jacqueline McCullough (NVU), 1:22:52

Click here for full results from the West Regional Qualifier.

Murakami NTT ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup

Clayton Hutchins (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) took fifth place at the Murakami NTT ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup in Japan on Sunday. Hutchins — a USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program athlete — was the highest U.S. finisher on the day, missing the podium by just 14 seconds. Fellow American Kevin Jervis (Walnut Creek, Calif.) placed 12th.

Japanese athletes swept the podium in the men’s division, as Takumi Hojo, Jumpei Furuya and Aoba Yasumatsu won gold, silver and bronze in their home country.

Mary Alex England (Carlsbad, Calif.) had the best American finish in the women’s race, taking 12th. Sophie Linn of Australia — a former track athlete at the University of Michigan — broke the tape, while Japan’s Sarika Nakayama and Niina Kishimoto rounded out the podium.

Distance: 1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run

Men’s Podium

1. Takumi Hojo (JPN), 1:44:59

2. Jumpei Furuya (JPN), 1:45:15

3. Aoba Yasumatsu (JPN), 1:45:18

Women’s Podium

1. Sophie Linn (AUS), 1:59:37

2. Sarika Nakayama (JPN), 2:00:19

3. Niina Kishimoto (JPN), 2:00:31


Click here for complete results from the Murakami Triathlon Asian Cup.

IRONMAN 70.3 Xi’an

Two Americans made it onto the podium in China at IRONMAN 70.3 Xi’an. Kinsey Laine (Bend, Ore.) won the elite women’s race, while fellow U.S. athlete Laurel Wassner (New York, N.Y.) earned bronze. Hungary’s Anna Eberhardt took the silver.

In the men’s race, Australia’s Max Newmann broke the tape, while Russia’s Aleksey Kalistratov and Germany’s Paul Schuster rounded out the podium in second and third, respectively.

Distance: 1.9k swim, 90k bike, 21.1k run

Elite Women’s Podium

1. Kinsey Laine (Bend, Ore.), 3:48:40

2. Anna Eberhardt (HUN), 3:59:16

3. Laurel Wassner (New York, N.Y.)

Elite Men’s Podium

1. Max Newmann (AUS), 3:21:09

2. Aleksey Kalistratov (RUS), 3:21:58

3. Paul Schuster (GER), 3:23:08

Click here for the full results from IRONMAN 70.3 Xi’an.