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Weekend Notebook: Early Success for U.S. in 2020

By Nick Hehemann, USA Triathlon | March 02, 2020, 5:21 p.m. (ET)

Playa Hermosa PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup and Central American and Caribbean Championship

The 2020 triathlon season is in full swing and U.S. athletes are back to winning medals and standing on podiums around the world. Jason West (Boulder, Colo.) and Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.) captured gold medals in their respective men’s and women’s races at the Playa Hermosa PATCO Sprint Triathlon Panamerican Cup in Costa Rica on Sunday. Marissa Ferrante (Altos, Calif.) joined her U.S. teammate on the podium in second place, finishing just one second back of Tomlin. Argentina’s Romina Biagioli rounded out the podium in third.

In the men’s race, Mexico’s Aram Michell Peñaflor Moysen took the silver medal behind West, while Columbia’s Carlos Javier Quinchara Forero earned bronze. Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) was the next-highest finisher for Team USA, coming in seventh overall. Derek Oskutis (San Diego, Calif.; 14th place) and Keeghan Hurley (Hurricane, Utah; 26th place) also placed in the top 30.

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

Elite Men’s Podium

1. Jason West (Boulder, Colo.), 00:58:57

2. Aram Michell Peñaflor Moysen (MEX), 00:59:05

3. Carlos Javier Quinchara Forero (COL), 00:59:19

Elite Women’s Podium

1. Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.), 1:07:42

2. Marissa Ferrante (Altos, Calif.), 1:07:43

3. Romina Biagioli (ARG), 1:07:53

For complete results from the Playa Hermosa PATCO Panamerican Cup, click here.

Devonport ITU World Paratriathlon Series

U.S. paratriathletes Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.) and Amy Dixon (Encinitas, Calif.) got off to great starts in 2020, winning silver medals at the ITU World Paratriathlon Series season opener in Devonport, Australia on Saturday. Stockwell — a 2016 Paralympic bronze medalist — crossed the finish line just over three minutes back of women’s PTS2 champion, Yukako Hata of Japan. Spain’s Rakel Mateo Uriarte came in third.

Dixon and her guide, Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), finished just over two minutes behind Italy’s Anna Barbaro — the winner in the women’s PTVI division. Ukraine’s Vita Oleksiuk rounded out the podium.

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

Women’s PTS2 Podium

1. Yukako Hata (JPN), 1:29:47

2. Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.), 1:33:00

3. Rakel Mateo Uriarte (ESP), 1:45:33

Women’s PTVI Podium

1. Anna Barbaro (ITA), 1:17:22

2. Amy Dixon (Encinitas, Calif.), 1:19:28

3. Vita Oleksiuk (UKR), 1:19:36

Men’s PTS4 Podium

1. Mikhail Komakov (RUS), 1:07:46

2. Antonio Franko (CRO), 1:07:59

3. Hideki Uda (JPN), 1:08:16

11. Eric McElvenny (Pittsburgh, Pa.), 1:11:53

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SILVER BLOODY MEDALISTS! What a weekend here in Tasmania Australia with @usaparatriathlon ! Hardest race I’ve ever faced. A rough (but fun!) challenging choppy ocean swim, a brutally windy and technical bike course with the Ukraine and Japanese women in hot pursuit with every pedal stroke, and a run that was strategic and came down to a sprint finish where I collapsed at the finish line, having left it all out there. (Photo 6) Thank god for guide @kirsten_sass for her HARD work today keeping the bike upright in that wind and avoiding the ensuing crashes that happened in front of us. Just brilliant from start to exciting finish! My first ever @worldtriathlon World Series silver! Tokyo is looking closer than ever with a fantastic start to our season! Thank you all for the love and support this weekend! And ty to USA coach of the year @cspalmquist and my teammates for being amazing this weekend!best. Team. Ever. #roadtotokyo #paralympics @thedurstorg @bianchi_usa @roka @wahoofitnessofficial

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Click here for complete results from the Devonport ITU World Paratriathlon Series.

Devonport OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup and Oceania Championships

On the same day as the World Paratriathlon Series, Devonport also hosted the OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup and Oceania Championships. Clayton Hutchins (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) led the U.S. with a 10th-place finish in the elite men’s race. Kevin Jervis (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) placed 22nd.

Annie Kelly (Boulder, Colo.) was the lone U.S. athlete in the elite women’s race, coming in 18th.

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

Elite Men’s Podium

1. Marcel Walkington (AUS), 00:55:38

2. Luke Willian (AUS), 00:55:59

3. Matthew Roberts (AUS), 00:56:11

10. Clayton Hutchins (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), 00:56:43

22. Kevin Jervis (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), 00:58:01

Elite Women’s Podium

1. Ainsley Thorpe (NZL), 1:02:13

2. Andrea Hewitt (NZL), 1:02:20

3. Sophie Corbidge (NZL), 1:02:21

18. Annie Kelly (Boulder, Colo.), 1:07:42

For complete results from the Devonport OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Cup, click here.

Winter Triathlon National Championships

USA Triathlon’s first National Championship race of the season took place over the weekend, as 23 athletes secured age group victories at Winter Triathlon Nationals on Sunday in Minneapolis. In the ski, bike, run format, Joel LaFrance (Plymouth, Minn.) won the overall men’s title for the second consecutive year, marking his third overall national title since 2016.

Jan Guenther (Long Lake, Minn.) also became a back-to-back overall national champion, winning gold in the women’s race for her fourth title in the last five years.

Distance: 6k cross-country ski, 18k mountain bike, 5k trail run

National Champions

Male Overall: Joel LaFrance (Plymouth, Minn.), 1:07:16

Female Overall: Jan Guenther (Long Lake, Minn.), 1:28:21

F17-19: Sydney Cummins (Duluth, Minn.), 2:46:11

M20-24: Thomas Walkinshaw (Chicago, Ill.), 1:50:34

F20-24: Elizabeth Axberg (St. Paul, Minn.), 2:01:40

M25-29: Justin Jones (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1:25:25

M30-34: Jacob Keehan (Maple Grove, Minn.), 1:09:36

F30-34: Andrea Tremaine (Minneapolis, Minn.), 1:31:24

M35-39: Sean Cooley (St. Paul, Minn.), 1:13:54

F35-39: Maria Lozovskaya (Medford, Wis.), 1:53:44

M40-44: Joel LaFrance (Plymouth, Minn.), 1:07:16

F40-44: Tara Makinen (Grand Rapids, Minn.), 1:33:47

M45-49: Justin Cummins (Duluth, Minn.), 1:24:05

F45-49: Rachael Cummins (Duluth, Minn.), 2:03:30

M50-54: Christian Otto (Scarsdale, N.Y.), 1:21:35

F50-54: Nancy Whillock (Aberdeen, S.D.), 1:39:11

M55-59: Brent Peacock (Jackson, Wyo.), 1:17:47

F55-59: Kathie Pautsch (Hayward, Wis.), 1:38:53

M60-64: Stephen Clark (Cushing, Wis.), 1:21:28

F60-64: Jan Guenther (Long Lake, Minn.), 1:28:21

M65-69: Gregory Pautsch (Hayward, Wis.), 1:23:58

F65-69: Tove Shere (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), 1:50:02

M70-74: John Pierce (Westwood, Kan.), 2:08:50

F70-74: Nancy Bauer (Champlin, Minn.), 2:20:27

M75-79: Jerry Shere (Cleveland Heights, Ohio), 2:29:49

Click here for complete results from the Winter Triathlon National Championships.